Round 4 Hampton Downs (Saturday 11 February)

Well there were no concerns about the weather for this meeting although it was a little cool to start off with. It was good to see new member Dean Hansen here with Colin Sargison’s yellow HQ and Veen was back with his Commodore.

It was slightly unfortunate that we were first qualifying which led to a few drivers not even getting out or if they did get onto the track no timed laps. There were various reasons for this: some of us were still working on our cars, Paul with rear axle cap issues fixed, thanks to Tony McKenzie-Edwards, and Dean with wheel bearing issues. Some were just late to the track - Billy and Michael got onto the track just for the chequered flag to come out. Allan Pearce set the pace however with a 1:11.599.

Our first race which was the first of the day got underway at 10:20am by which time we had all cars ready. It was a good race, interrupted however by Dave Campbell spinning off into the sand at turn 5 just before the hairpin. We did a few laps behind the safety car with the eventual winner being Allan Pearce followed by Colin Schischka’s Corvette with a very good time of 1:12:327. The star of the race though was newcomer Dean Hansen who started last and finished 3rd in the Muscle Cars with a great time of 1:10.924. Michael Crawley led home Class B closely followed by Paul in the Torana, Robbo in the Mustang and Graham in the Charger.

Race 2 our first handicap also had its share of issues with Allan Pearce tearing off a rear suspension arm in turn 4 which led to a safety car and the race being shortened to 6 laps. Tony Mackenzie-Edwards in the blue XD Falcon was the overall Muscle car winner with Dave Campbell in the Mustang second with Robbo in another Mustang 3rd.

Race 3 our last of the day finally went uninterrupted which saw Dave Campbell’s Mustang come home first followed by new man Dean Hansen with his third fastest race lap of the day at 1:10.989. and then Colin Schischka who lowered his best time of the day to an excellent 1:11.513.

After the racing, there were a few drinks and a great cheese board supplied by Bev and Veen.

At the end of Round 4 the Points are:
Class A Billy Dunn 394, Dave Campbell 340, Colin Schischka 265.

Class B Paul Burnet 398, Michael Crawley 357, Robbo Robinson 236 but there are another 3 competitors within 10 points.

Next race is at Pukekohe on the full back straight.

Posted: Sat 25 Feb 2017