01 Jul 2013

2013 Round 2 – SMP

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Heavy rain was forecast for the Round 3 weekend of the NSW Motor Race championship. During this weekend the second round of the Supersports Championship was part of the schedule. With a mutual agreement with  Superkarts, the Supersport ran a jam packed Saturday allowing the Superkarts to do the same on Sunday.

 The itinerary for the Saturday was qualifying in the morning and then 3 Races during the day; this provided a busy schedule with no respite between races. With no practice laps the drivers came out in qualifying and had no time to waste. The qualifying session was held in cool condition with clear sunlight. Dark cloud could be seen in the distance and it was a prelude of things to come. Neale Muston in the Radical SR8 came out on top, claiming pole position with a respectable time of 1:26.8378. The front row of the grid was shared with Adam Proctor in the Stohr.

Race 1 was held in cloudy and cool conditions with rain threatening but fortunately not eventuating. At race start Muston waited for no one and built up a lead that would not be relinquished. Lap after lap he was increasing the gap to the second place car, recording a lap record for the category on lap 3, a 1:26.9575.  Second place was a different tale; Alexander Kenny made a blinder of a start and was comfortably in second place after the first lap, but as the laps wore on he was overtaken by Greg Smith and the two Stohr cars of Proctor and Barlow. By mid race it was Muston comfortably from Smith, who in turn had a gap to Barlow and Proctor. Adam Proctor  took third place off Barlow towards the end. One pleasing aspect of race 1 was that 17 cars started and all finished on the same lap, 100% success rate.

 

Muston taking the chequered flag

 

Race 2 was a surprisingly short race, only 3 laps to be exact. This was due to of a tight packed race schedule and a car broken down on the warm up lap.Never the less, the 3 laps were  quality racing. Muston repeated is previous race performance, bolting away from the field, Barlow and the fast starting Kenny began the chase. Alexander Kenny proved that the first race early form was not luck and finished a strong third just behind Barlow. Unfortunately Adam Proctor was a non starter.

Race 3 was missing some of the fast drivers like Muston and Proctor; this guaranteed a new winner, as Muston took the first two races. Fortunately the third race allowed more racing time and both Darren Barlow and Alexander Kenny took advantage of this with Kenny making 3 great starts in 3 races. His beautifully presented Juno does not have the outright pace of the faster Radicals and the Stohrs, and he was passed by Peter White’s Radical on lap seven but still came home for a strong podium position. Darren Barlow finished first a whole nine seconds in front and he was fortunate, as he was given a 5 second penalty at the conclusion of the race. Second fell to White in his First Neon sponsored Radical.

 

 Darren Barlow race 3 winner

 

A great day’s racing was rain threatened but never dampened the occasion, two different winners, six different podium finishers and most importantly, all finished safe and well. The one day meet was greeted well by the competitors and was a great success.

 

 

2013 NSW SuperSport Championship – Race 1

Pos

Car

Competitor / Team

Driver

Vehicle

1

11

EXCALIBUR RACING

Neale Muston

Radical SR8

2

78

RADICAL AUSTRALIA

Greg Smith

Radical SR8

3

1

AP RACING

Adam Proctor

WR-1 Stohr

 

2013 NSW SuperSport Championship – Race 2

Pos

Car

Competitor / Team

Driver

Vehicle

1

11

EXCALIBUR RACING

Neale Muston

Radical SR8

2

2

AP RACING

Darren Barlow

Stohr WF1

3

21

REGULATOR SYSTEMS

Alexander Kenny

Juno LMP3

  

2013 NSW SuperSport Championship – Race 3

Pos

Car

Competitor / Team

Driver

Vehicle

1

2

AP RACING

Darren Barlow

Stohr WF1

2

27

FIRST NEON

Peter White

Radical SR8

3

21

REGULATOR SYSTEMS

Alexander Kenny

Juno LMP3

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