Sunday Race Three Report from Sydney Motorsport Park
Sundays race, again in the wet was the final race for the Aussie Racing Cars on home soil for 2016, James Duckworth (RDA Brakes / Rinkin Racing Altima) continued his domination of the weekend by leading the race from start to finish, on the second lap the Safety Car came out once again, this time for Glenn McNamara (The Torque Team) who spun on top of the bridge/hill, he was able to restart the race but a lap down. After the restart the race ran for the full duration.
Having a tough start was Kel Treseder (KKP Motorsport Mustang) who dropped down to 28th after appearing to stall on the grid, he eventually fought back to 16th. Trent Young (Direct Clutch Services) ran in second for most of the race with Blake Sciberras (Western Sydney Motorsport Mustang) pushing to get past after starting in fifth and eventually succeeding on the second to last lap.
An ex-champ and a lead driver followed, Peter Carr (Erina Fair Medical Centre Aurion) lead Kyle Clews (Darrell Lea STIX / Rinkin Racing) home for fourth and fifth spots. One of the class youngsters Harley Haber (CEJN Australia) made his way home in a creditable sixth spot, race one winner Craig Woods (Western Sydney Motorsport Mustang) could only manage seventh spot after his engine running rough due to the wet conditions, however he did set the second fastest time in this race, Carr set the fastest with both just cracking the two-minute mark and were the only ones to do so.
McNamara’s team-mate Grant Ludbey brought his Torque Team Euro GT home to 8th place after battling with Chris Stevenson (Hertz Camaro) with Ben Walsh (Dr Ink Tattoo Removal Altima) sniffing at their heals in 10th.
Maddison Dunstan’s (#townsvilleshines Aurion) tough weekend continued when her left front shock absorber broken on lap three which saw her car leave the circuit at the final turn leaving her to watch the race on the sidelines.
The Aussie Racing Car Championship now heads to New Zealand for their final round which is being run at the revamped Hampton Downs circuit owned by the class owner and racer Tony Quinn. Quinn was testing upgrades for the Aussie Cars this past weekend with a new fuel injection system, a new paddle shift system and different tyres. More about these upgrades will be in the news on our website soon.
Sunday – Race Two
After the fine weather race and non-race yesterday Sydney failed to put on the great weather its famous for. In extreme wet weather the Aussie Racing Cars have managed to put on a great race this morning that ran full distance in the allotted 16 mins.
The wet weather is very much a leveller when it comes to the pocket rockets, secretly there are a number of drivers and teams up and down pit lane that pray for rain, if your car doesn’t have the straight line speed (and speed is essential here at Sydney Motorsport Park) in the dry, that’s doesn’t matter so much in the wet.
James Duckworth (RDA Brakes / Rinkin Racing Altima) took to the water like a “duck” 🙂 and managed to gap the field early on and stay there, this was made easier after Craig Woods (Western Sydney Motorsport Mustang) spun at turn one on the opening lap “I selected first gear by mistake and the compression lockup sent me spinning, I’m very lucky not to have been collected by the rest of the field” said Woods after the race. Woods’ spin scattered the field around the second turn with him almost being hit by team mate Blake Sciberras (Western Sydney Motorsport Mustang).
Ben Walsh (Dr Ink Tattoo Removal Altima) managed to hold onto second place for the race despite dicing with Kel Treseder (KKP Motorsport Mustang) throughout the event. Towards the tail end of the race he managed to pull away from Treseder and catch Duckworth after the later ran wide on the last lap at turn two, luckily for Walsh he managed to clear Treseder as he was penalised five seconds for a jumped start, as was Kyle Clews (Darrell Lea STIX / Rinkin Racing), the officials said he was rolling when the lights went out, Clews was classified as finishing sixth.
Treseder was happy to take third spot, “I’m very happy with third, this was the first time I’ve ever driven one of these cars in the rain, they handle quite well actually, I was expecting the tyres not to grip being a type of grooved slick, if you said I was going to get a top ten finish I’d have been happy, this was even better” said Treseder after the event.
Peter Carr (Erina Fair Medical Centre Aurion) moved forward after his 10th spot finish in the first race to be in fourth at the chequered flag, close behind was Sciberras from Clews, next up was Trent Young (Direct Clutch Services) in 7th who held off Brendan Pingel (Derek Pingel Racing Spirit of Lockyer Cruze) the current champion, “I’m pretty much learning a new car, after my massive roll at Queensland Raceway last round we’ve had to swap to the old Chassis and it all feels very different” mentioned Pingel after race two.
Grant Ludbey (The Torque Team) had a good race to finish in the top 10 with 9th and close behind was Harley Haber (CEJN Australia), a self-confessed rain lover for Aussie Cars!
A number of cars came to grief in this race, luckily all were harmless spins, Madison Dunstan (#townsvilleshines) went off at turn one after losing visibility and missing her Brake Marker sent her spinning in the grass to the edge of the gravel pit where she remained for the rest of the race. Darren Chamberlin (Perenso) had a fast spin at turn two on the exit to the corner “I felt the car start spinning so I planted the boot to bring her full around” he said, on the same corner Ruth Bowler (Ruthie Racer Racing) spun onto the infield and managed to drive away unscathed. And again at two Adam Casuccio (ACE Construction Group Aurion) ran off onto the grass also suffering poor visibility during the race.
The Aussie Racing Cars final race on Australian soil is this afternoon and its expected that it will again be a very wet race.
Saturday Race Two
The Race That Wasn’t – Round 5 Sydney Motorsport Park
Race two of the fifth round of the Aussie Racing Car Championships has been declared a non race event after two incidents on the opening lap, one at turn four and a four car incident at the final turn which saw the safety car deployed for the rest of the timed race.
At flag fall insufficient racing laps had been completed so the race was nullified. This means tomorrow’s races will be race two and three for the weekend, and the last race is a double points race as usual. There will be no reverse grid race.
Race One – Round 5 Sydney Motorsport Park
In a tight fought Race One Craig Woods (Western Sydney Motorsport Mustang ) has finished top of the podium despite actually finishing third on the track. First over the line was Ben Walsh (Dr Ink Tattoo Removal Altima) with Peter Carr (Erina Fair Medical Centre Aurion) next to him in the closest race finish this year, however both Walsh and Carr ran afoul of the stewards after running wide of the circuit at turn 5, this is deemed to be gaining an advantage. Walsh and Carr were both penalised 10 seconds post-race.
Prior to the penalties there were multiple changes for the race lead, James Duckworth (RDA Brakes / Rinkin Racing Altima) actually had the best race start and led into turn one, however Kel Treseder (KKP Motorsport Mustang) was able to get past through turn two. A safety car period of two laps bunched up the field with Leigh Bowler (Advantage Motorsport / Conplex Camaro) and Emma Clark (Rail Systems Engineers Altima) both returning to the pits under tow.
On the re-start Carr took the lead from Treseder who dropped down to third with Walsh in second, the lap charts don’t show the swaps for the lead between these two, except to show Walsh taking the race win on the last lap, then to be relegated to ninth with Carr in 10th.
Treseder was eventually elevated to second place, Duckworth finished in third banking good points for the championship. The Aussie Driver Search winner Jaie Robson took a creditable fourth spot, another Western Sydney Motorsport Mustang driven by Blake Sciberras was fifth. Trent Young (Direct Clutch Services Altima) and Brendon Pingel (“Derek Pingel Racing Spirit of Lockyer” Cruze) fought hard throughout the race, Young persevered to take sixth from Pingel. Eighth place went to Kyle Clews (Darrell Lea STIX / Rinkin Racing Altima).
Adam Casuccio (ACE Construction Group Aurion) had a wild ride on lap one at turn one running wide and bouncing through the gravel pit to the outside wall just managing to pull it up before any contact and re-joining the race to finish 25th.
Race Two will begin around 3pm this afternoon, there is some cloud cover but it looks to be staying dry for the final race for Saturday.