04 Nov 2011

Round 4 – Eastern Creek 22 / 23 October 2011

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Forgive the clichés but they are probably justified as we virtually had two rounds in one at Eastern Creek. This is because round 3 at Eastern Creek in June ended prematurely and the trophy race was postponed to this meeting. This was scheduled first on the programme after qualifying.

 It was also the first venture out on the new track configuration called the north circuit! This is a short fast flowing circuit that follows the existing straight and turns 2 and 3  but instead of turning right at turn 4 it turns left and cuts through a fast chicane to join the old circuit at the exit to turn 9 at a faster speed than before, which means the entry into the old turn 10 loop at the top of the circuit is  significantly quicker. So we were in for an interesting weekend.

Qualifying – Saturday – warm and dry

It was a short sharp qualifying session that set the imprint on the weekend.  Adam Proctor broke the 60 sec barrier to secure pole in his Stohr, to be closely hunted down by a stream of Radicals headed by Class leader Michael Shaw, two seconds adrift, with Andrew McPherson in the lone West close in the hunt securing 5th spot on the grid for this weekend’s racing.

Trophy race from round 3 – Saturday pm – fine and warm

Qualifying positions determined the grid so Adam Proctor held pole from Michael Shaw.

Proctor led from the start and opened up a handy lead, only to suffer a catastrophoic wheel failure on the exit of turn 12. Steve Shelley suffered engine failure which put him out for the weekend.

Round 4 race 1 – Saturday pm

 This time Proctor had no problems and held onto the lead from start to finish, carefully pacing himself ahead of Shaw but nursing his car (and wheels) to the finish for maximum points.  The only casualty was Andrew McPherson who held 5th spot through to lap 13 when he retired with mechanical problems.

Round 4 race 2 – Sunday morning

This was a 10 min sprint race but not without excitement, Michael Shaw suffering start line problems that shuffled him and Neale Muston back down the field. Adam Proctor leapt to the lead from incident free Peter Opie and that’s the way it stayed for the next 8 laps. Then Muston edged through to third spot ahead of Phil Anseline, Chris Medland, Peter White, Nathan Bromley, Sue Hughes, Michael Shaw and George Davis.

Round 4 Race 3 – Sunday Afternoon

This was probably the most exciting race of the weekend as whilst it looked like Proctor would dominate, things changed dramatically when he suffered another wheel failure 3 laps from the finish.  This left Neale Muston and Peter Opie wheel to wheel for the last 3 laps with Opie vainly trying to snatch the lead and failing by less than half a second. Nathan Brumby spun on Turn 2 on the first lap, and Peter White had nowhere to go and T-boned the hapless Nathan


First:   Neale Muston

Second:  Peter Opie

Overall Standings after round 4

CLASS ONE  1st Adam Proctor

195 pts

  2nd Chris Mooney 155 pts
   3rd Andrew McPherson 91 pts


CLASS TWO 1st Michael Shaw

202 pts

  2nd Peter Opie 175 pts
  3rd Neale Muston 145 pts



Outright Championship Positions after round 4

1st  Michael Shaw 189 pts
2nd Adam Proctor 184 pts
3rd Peter Opie 167 pts
4th Neale Muston 139 pts
5th Phil Anseline 136 pts
6th Richard Bloomfield 117 pts
7th Greg Smith 113 pts
8th Sue Hughes 106 pts
9th George Davis 95 pts
10th Steve Shelley 76 pts

So the final round at Wakefield Park on 19th November looks set for the final showdown for championship honours  which could go to any of the top three contenders, Michael Shaw, Adam Proctor and Peter Opie.  This will be a one day meeting comprising a qualifying, a sprint and a double points mini enduro.  Roll on Wakefield!



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