All Historics Race Meeting Saturday July 6 & Sunday July 7 2013
What a great weekends racing, 180 competitors across all categories made this one of WASCC’s largest meetings for the year. Weather was great cool mornings topping out at about 18 deg with clear skies. We had 21 starters on the sheet, a pre-meeting vote opted for rolling starts with CAMs not allowing overtaking prior to crossing the start line.
Our grid was depleted from the start when Dick Ward had car issues and Bruce Edgar did not show as he had melted a piston in his Elfin Formula Junior. During practise on a very cold and slippery track Dennis Coomber put the Halliday into the sand – first red flag. Then, unfortunately, Joe Demarte put his Formula Holden into the wall on the main straight, spinning from turn 7, punching the front left wheel into the wall, tearing it off and putting the lower A-arm through the carbon fibre tub, grazing his left calf – very lucky!! Second red flag and end of session, if you were lucky you had two laps to qualify in. Ray Robertson qualified with us in the Befa F2 but changed to the historic racing and sports car group for racing, joining Murray Charnley and Ken Lyons.
1st race (Saturday) saw 16 starters with a rolling start. Michael Henderson pulled the group up to a crawl, which was great, a pity some competitors must have thought we were already racing with great clouds of tyre smoke from panic breaking into turn 7 prior to the start. This resulted in a very ramshackled bunch approaching the starter but he still let us go. Glenn Swabrick and GlenCaple had car issues and pulled out. Simon Barrett tried to pass Matt Lyford’s lovely new Brabham by going under it – luckily not too much damage but both out that left Michael Henderson to take the win although he had his hands full for a lap or two with Leon Magistro in his Ralt.
Sunday, very cold, and we were first event up. The clerk of course agreed to a request for two warm up laps to try and get some temperatures up, 17 starters, Colin McKee out with a cracked front disc, and we all finished! We made a much better job of the rolling start, the track was quite slippery with the cold. There were good clusters of competitors close together racing for position which was quite different from our normal runs. Michael Henderson finished out front from Leon Magistro and Glen Caple 3rd.
Race 3 saw 15 starters, and 11 finishers with four pulling out with car issues. Michael Henderson from Leon Majistro & Glen Caple again.
Race 4, 16 starters and all finished, Michael Henderson, Leon Majistro & Glen Caple again.
Last race of the event. 15 starters with a big crash on lap 4 through Cobbs when Dennis squeezed in on an unseen John Hurney cracking the fibreglass down the right side of the Dennis’s Haliday and breaking lower rear control arm on John’s FF causing him to spin amongst 5 other cars. Luckily every one escaped injury but two cars out. 10 finished the race with Michael Henderson, Leon Majistro and Andrew Goldie picking up the places.
Ken Lyons and Ray Robertson did well on our handicap results even though they were in the other group with Murray Charnley in the Lotus 23 having some car issues.
It was great to see some new cars and new faces out with us and the return of some drivers who have been away from the group for a while.
NOTE: These are interim handicap results only and are not final
Results Round 3