Race Four Hampton Downs Rnd 6

Race four was the final points race for the 2016 Aussie Racing Cars Championship and without a doubt it was one of the most hard fought races the class has had all year. Craig Thompson (Western Sydney Motorsport Mustang) spun on the first lap that unfortunately saw three or four cars retire from the race.

However up the front of the field it was an exciting multi-pass race with Kel Treseder (KPP Motorsport Camaro), Craig Woods (Western Sydney Motorsport Mustang) and Peter Carr (Erina Fair Medical Centre Toyota Aurion) running two and three wide with passing into turn one happening just about every lap and at many of the other passing opportunities that the Hampton Downs circuit provides. All three drivers showed immense car control throughout the race.

Treseder was the eventual winner but only by a whisker or maybe a partial front splitter with a margin on the line of just 0.040 of a second from Woods with Carr only 0.3 of a second behind. Blake Sciberras (Western Sydney Motorsport Mustang) started out of fourth and remained there for the entire 8 lap race. The top five was completed by Ben Walsh (Dr Ink Tattoo Removal Camaro).

Angus Fogg (The Property Tutors Nissan Altima) was the first Kiwi home for sixth place, Torque Team driver Grant Ludbey was placed seventh in his Euro GT from James Duckworth (RDA Brakes/Rinkin Racing Nissan Altima). Brendon Tucker (Variety Group Camaro) had another great race to remain in the top 10 with 9th place and the out-going champion Brendon Pingel (Spirit of Lockyer Holden Cruze) took 10th.

We will post a weekend wrap up soon once we have all the final points tally for the entire year from the point scorers. Along with more posts from Pukekohe this coming weekend for the non-points round.

Race Three Report Hampton Downs Rnd 6

In the normal tradition for Aussie Racing Cars the third race was a reverse grid staggered start, the 30 cars were split into groups of 10 based upon lap times and race results from race one and two, with an interval of 15 seconds before the second and third groups started.

The race got off to a good start until two turn where Ian Chivas spun out of the first group to the edge of the sand trap, double yellows were brought out and he was towed out without the need of the safety car, soon after Kyle Clews repeated the Chivas spin in the same fashion and was again pulled from the same sand trap under yellows.

Charlotte Poynting moved from 8th to the lead early in the race and managed to hold that until flag fall. The faster cars at the back were working their way to the front “it was tough work with some close calls” said Western Sydney Motorsports Blake Sciberras after he started from 27th and worked his way up to 8th at flag fall. Kel Treseder and Craig Woods started off the back of the grid in the third group and managed their way to third for Woods and fourth for Treseder. Glenn McNamara had a clean race and finished a creditable second spot 3.2 seconds’ shy of Poynting.

Brendon Tucker rounded out the first five from Peter Carr and Brendon Pingel in sixth and seventh, ninth and tenth places went to James Duckworth and Sean Rose, with Duckworth banking just the right amount of points to keep his championship lead alive.

Race Two Report Hampton Downs Rnd 6

The second race today featured the CAMS Womens Trans-Tasman Challenge between Australia’s Charlotte Poynting and Alyssa Claperton from New Zealand, the ladies lines up One Two on the grid with the balance of the field two grid rows back, prior to the race they jumped out of their cars after the formation lap and Aussie Racing Cars and Hampton Downs owner Tony Quinn interviewed them prior to the race.

Both girls got a great start and lead the field down to turn two where the expected faster cars passed them by, as the race settled in Poynting and Claperton fought hard and fast with both leading each other during the race, with two laps to go Poynting got by Claperton, in a last ditch go Claperton spun at turn 6, “I was having a go but lost it” she said, the crowd enjoyed the race specially when Claperton kept her foot down smoking up the wheels!

Out the front Craig Woods (Western Sydney Motorsport Mustang) took the lead and kept it that way for the rest of the race, Kel Treseder (KPP Motorsport Camaro) chased hard but was unable to gain on Woods, and third for the second time today was Peter Carr (Erina Fair Medical Centre Toyota Aurion), followed by Woods’ team mate Blake Sciberras.

Fifth for this race was Grant Ludbey (The Torque Team Euro GT) who was battling with current series leader James Duckworth (RDA Brakes/Rinkin Racing Nissan Altima).

Full race results to come, they are somewhat mixed up on the timing website!

Race One Report Hampton Downs Rnd 6

The first race of the final round of the Aussie Racing Car Championship went down to the wire, Kel Treseder (KPP Motorsport Camaro) was quickest off the line but closely chased by Peter Carr (Erina Fair Medical Centre Toyota Aurion) and the Mustangs of Craig Woods and Blake Sciberras (Western Sydney Motorsport). “I had enough speed to race at the front, and had a great race with Craig [Woods] in that last lap, I managed to get around him on the outside at turn two, he gave me enough room which is fair, it was a really good race” said Treseder after the race.

Woods managed to get past Treseder late in the race but he fought back to cross the line in first place followed by Woods and Carr. “The car was really good, I just failed to put the car in the right places in the draft, it was really mix mash kind of race, it was really good” said Woods. Sciberras held onto fourth from Ben Walsh (DR Ink Tattoo Removal) who was tailing him for the entire race.

The race was punctuated by two safety cars, Alyssa Claperton in the Team New Zealand Mustang spun at the top of the hill just before the turn 9 hairpin on the first lap spreading the field around her, and a few laps later young Zak Best (Best Leisure Industries Euro GT) came together with Chris Stevenson (Hertz Nissan Altima) on the exit to the same hairpin with Best being towed off the circuit. The current champion Brendan Pingel’s (Spirit of Lockyer Holden Cruze) weekend of woes continued when he broke a drive shaft on the first safety car restart

Practice and Qualifying Friday Hampton Downs

Day one of the final round of the 2016 Aussie Racing Car series at Hampton Downs has gone as planned for some teams but no much for some of the others, 30 cars made the track for the first practice session this morning, there were two red flags during the practice with cars just leaving the track and not being able to restart, not sustaining any damage.

It was a similar situation for the second practice just after lunch. Reports from the drivers is the track is fantastic albeit a bit bumpy through the new section where it rejoins the original layout.

Qualifying was last up for the class today, the track had seen the Australian GT cars run two sessions, along with two New Zealand race classes with the result of the track becoming faster. Clouds threatened throughout the day but it stayed dry for all the on track action.

A number of teams have had some mechanical drama’s during qualifying, Brendan Pingel (Spirit of Lockyer Holden Cruze) only managed two laps before his second gear failed forcing him out, “lucky I got a half decent lap before this” said Pingel whom will start off 13th tomorrow. Kent Quinn (ARC/Hampton Downs Toyota Aurion) had differential issues which saw him only able to qualify in 23rd position. Ruth Bowler reported a vibration through her Ford Coupe and decided to pit rather than risk damaging the car.

Three other teams were spotted changing engines after qualifying including Glenn McNamara (The Torque Team Camaro) and Mike Rinkin (Rinkin Motorsport Nissan Altima) and Chris Stevenson (Hertz Nissan Altima).

After a 30 minute qualifying Kel Treseder (KPP Motorsport Camaro) came out on top with a fastest lap of 1:48.02 from Peter Carr in his Erina Fair Medical Centre Toyota Aurion, Western Sydney Motorsport’s Craig Woods was third fastest in his Mustang with his team mate Blake Sciberras in fourth. The first Kiwi was Angus Fogg in a Nissan Altima carrying Australian Sponsors, after qualifying Fogg was busy peeling the stickers off to make way for a “black” kiwi Aussie Racing Car.

In the ladies competition for the CAMS Trans-Tasman challenge Charlotte Poynting (Newcastle Auto Electrics Camaro) qualified 21st with Alyssa Claperton in the Team New Zealand Mustang in 24th with just over a second separating the two.

The Aussie Racing Cars have two races tomorrow 10.05am and 1pm local NZ time. Race two will be the Trans-Tasman Women’s Challenge, Poynting and Claperton will start off the front of the Grid with the rest of the field two rows back. In quite a change the team mechanic’s will bring the cars from the pits around the circuit to the grid where the drivers will walk out for a photo shoot, they’ll then be belted into the cars for the race to begin