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2014 Round 1 – SMP

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2014 CAMS NSW SuperSports Championship – Round 1 (May 18th)

Sydney Motorsport Park – Brabham Circuit

2014R1_ELMOFO_reportIt was a welcome return to racing for the NSW Supersports after a long break. There was a buzz in the air or should I say electricity.  The Supersports category featured the first every fully electric car to race in the World against petrol powered opposition. The big question mark is how this electric car with a Radical body would fare against the other Supersports?  Garth Walden was the driver in charge of this experimental car manufactured in Newcastle, and, to his credit, he qualified 5th on the grid posting a competitive lap time compared to the rest of the field. Pole was taken by Adam Proctor in the Stohr and alongside him in the front row was Darren Barlow also in a Stohr.

2014R1_AP_reportThe first race of the Supersports was held in unseasonally warm and slightly overcast conditions. The two Stohr’s at the front made a clean get away but to everyone’s delight the #7 electric car of Walden made a great start and was in third place by the end of the first lap. The Radical cars,  electric or conventional were no match for the speed of the Stohr’s. Proctor and Barlow were lapping at least 3 seconds per lap quicker than the rest of the field. The battle for third place was a different story. Walden was holding off the duo of Greg Smith and Rowan Ross. It took Smith and Ross until the last lap to finally displace the electric car from a podium position. Once the dust had settled the final positions where Proctor 1st, Barlow 2nd and Smith 3rd. The experimental car of Walden finish a strong 5th and most importantly showed it will be competitive by setting the 4th fastest time.

 

There was only a short turn around between each races and it was difficult for the electric car to recharge completely so unfortunately in did not compete for the rest of the day. The remaining cars put on a great show but is was the two fast Stohr’s that stole the show. Both Proctor and Barlow finished 1st and 2nd in the remaining 3 races winning by a healthy margin from the respective third place machine.

2014R1_SunsetThe battle for 3rd was a different story.  In race 2 Smith diced again with Ross however Paul Palmer’s West and Joshua Conroy’s Radical put on a great show keeping the others honest.  Eventually Smith finished on the last step of the podium. For the 3rd race the sun had finally broken through and the temperature was warming up. The dicing for 3rd position grew to 5 cars in this race. Smith, Ross, Palmer, Conroy and now Trent White in his beautiful yellow Radical. With the two Storhr’s long gone, these five drivers put on a great show. Position swapping and desperate braking was the norm between the combatants.

 

The fourth and final race was held in twilight conditions. With the sun setting visibility on the main straight was getting difficult. Many drivers raced down the main straight taking one hand of the steering wheel trying to shield their eyes from the setting sun. Greg Smith made it 4 podiums in a row but this time he was harassed early on by Palmer and then White.

 

Race 1

1st

98

Adam Proctor

AP Racing

Stohr WF1

2nd

2

Darren Barlow

AP Racing

Stohr WF1

3rd

78

Greg Smith

Radical Australia

Radical SR3RS

 

Race 2

1st

98

Adam Proctor

AP Racing

Stohr WF1

2nd

2

Darren Barlow

AP Racing

Stohr WF1

3rd

78

Greg Smith

Radical Australia

Radical SR3RS

 

Race 3

1st

98

Adam Proctor

AP Racing

Stohr WF1

2nd

2

Darren Barlow

AP Racing

Stohr WF1

3rd

78

Greg Smith

Radical Australia

Radical SR3RS

 

Race 4

1st

98

Adam Proctor

AP Racing

Stohr WF1

2nd

2

Darren Barlow

AP Racing

Stohr WF1

3rd

78

Greg Smith

Radical Australia

Radical SR3RS

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