Round 1 Hampton Downs (Saturday 2nd September)

The weather forecast for our first round was bad which did not stop a good number of members entering however on the day some cars weren’t quite ready or the weather was too much to face so early in the season.

Qualifying was on the wet side of damp with Ross Golding leading the way but unfortunately not able to continue with the race day due to low oil pressure. Ron was not able to take part in qualifying as he had to whip off to Tuakau to get a puncture fixed but was back in time for the first race.

Race one was held in conditions similar to qualifying but we now had Ron Findlay back and new old member Wes Kidby taking his Torana L34 onto the track for its first race. The conditions got the better of Tony Mackenzie-Edwards whose car stopped in the sand trap by turn 4 on lap 2, this necessitated a safety car but we were soon underway again with all cars back on the track. Wes was finding the conditions challenging on his brand new Hankooks but survived ok to the end and led home Class B. Veen lead the way home overall followed by Colin Schischka and Ron.

Race two was a handicap held in dry conditions although with a sprinkling of rain about lap 6. We also had Dave Sturrock in his lovely 67 Camaro for this race as the conditions were fine to start with at least. This was an incident free race with Dave and Colin Schischka have a great tussle.
The handicapping gods had smiled on Stu Rowling who lead the field home comfortably followed by Tony and Graham Cargill.

Race 3 was also a handicap held in damp conditions with most of the class choosing to run on wets. This race also had some extra water added to the track but not enough to cause any issues. Veen lead the field home followed by Colin and Ron.

It was a good meeting for our first of the season with more existing and new cars yet to appear.

Posted: Mon 04 Sep 2017