Round 4 Taupo Bruce Mclaren Motor Sport Park (Sunday 28th January)


The weather seems to have been pretty good for ever and continued for most of the day other than the track getting damp for our 3rd race.
It was a very modest number of members (5) who took to the track for qualifying, well supervised by themselves as I volunteered to flag marshal by the big sweeper as the organisers were desperately short of flagies. Qualifying went smoothly other than for new member Craig in the red Torana not having a transponder that worked.

Race 1 started well enough with Allan Pearce leading the way but closely followed by Kayton in the silver HQ and Colin in the Corvette. Colin eventually got into 2nd place by the end of the first lap and into the lead by then end of lap 4. Kayton meanwhile had throttle linkage issues and had to retire on lap 3. Lap 7 however was drama filled for Colin with the Corvette’s diff deciding it had had enough of big block torque and Hankook grip and so destroyed itself just after the start finish line with one lap to go and so the race finished with Allan winning with Craig leading home Chris in the JSP Mustang.

Race 2 was very slightly late getting underway which suited the Corvette team who had managed to replace the Corvette’s diff in the break between races. Kayton had fixed throttle linkage issues and so we had a full field again. Colin seemed to benefit from a favourable handicap but I would have to say a most deserving beneficiary and was soon in the lead however he was run down by Allan who was not able to get the Commodore past the Corvette and so the race ended with Colin first Allan only .4 of a second behind with Kayton 3rd. Craig again managed to lead home Chris.

Race 3 the second handicap started ok but without the red Commodore of Allan and was run in slightly damp 

conditions with Kayton staying in touch with Colin during the whole race. All drivers handled the tricky conditions well.

Posted: Mon 29 Jan 2018

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