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CAMS NSW SuperSports Championship – Round 2

Sydney Motorsport Park – GP Circuit

June 21st 2014

 

2014_r2_ap98The second round of the NSW Supersports championship held at Sydney Motorsport Park coincided with the Winter solstice. As the category decided again to run all three races in one day they would be hard pressed to run the final race of the meet in daylight hours. The ELMOFO electric car that made its debut during the first round in May was a welcome return as was an increased grid size. 13 cars took to the track for early morning qualifying, the field consisted of 8 Radical SR3, 2 Stohr, 1 Chiron, 1 West and the amazing electric Radical. Pole went to Adam Proctor with a time of 1.27:1643 and alongside him on the front row was stable partner Darren Barlow

 

During round 1 Proctor won all four races and there were signs of a repeat due to his qualifying speed, he was 2.2 seconds faster that the Radicals and the lonely Chiron. As the lights went out to commence the first race, Alexander Kenny made a wonderful start to lead the pack into turn 2. Proctor followed him in second. Barlow on the other hand, made a poor start and found himself in fifth place behind the Radical of Josh Hunt and the ELMOFO of Garth Walden. The leading duet of Kenny and Proctor built up a gap to the three trailing cars. It was noticeable that Proctor had the faster machine but Kenny drove great lines in the corners and used the power in the straights to stay head.

 

2014_r2_mixWalden in third position showed great speed holding Hunt and Barlow back, he remained in third place until lap 4 but unfortunately the experimental cars retired. Up front it looked like Proctor’s winning streak would come to an end; however on the last lap he was able to overtake the unfortunate Kenny to take the win. Barlow eventually disposed of Hunt to claim a lonely 3rd albeit a whole 15 seconds behind. It was clear that Proctor would have some stiff opposition from Kenny for the remainder of the day.

 

Again with the short turn around between races, cars that had problems in the first race would have limited time to service the cars, this affected the No#7 electric car more than others.  The start of the second race was similar to the first with Kenny making a great start and Proctor close behind him. Waldon also made a rapid start going from last place on the grid to 7th position by the first lap, but this is as far as it got slowing down to retire again.  While Proctor and Kenny were dicing for the lead Peter Paddon was in a healthy 3rd position holding Barlow at bay.  On the third lap Barlow got through Paddon and commenced chasing the leaders who held a comfortable margin. The dice between Kenny and Proctor was as intense as the first race. It was evident that the Stohr of Proctor was the faster car, especially under brakes and in the corners, but to Kenny’s credit he was still leading the race. On the penultimate lap Proctor got by and went on to win by two seconds from Kenny. Barlow again finished 3rd.

 

2014_r2_gridThe third and final race of the day was held late afternoon, with long wintery shadows blanketing part of the track, and it would be interesting how the cars would handle cooler conditions.  Kenny again got away brilliantly taking the lead closely followed by Proctor and Barlow. It looked like a repeat of the two previous races, this time Barlow was closer to the front and was actually in 2nd position at the end of the first lap. Walden in the electric car also made a brilliant start going from last to 5th position during the opening lap. Unfortunately the car expired on lap four, one small consolation is that this is the first time the cars was able to start 3 races in one day. Kenny at front build up a small lead and for the first time today he had a healthy margin from his pursuers. By lap five the two Stohr’s of Proctor and Barlow were right up his exhaust pipe and that’s when they pounced. Kenny made a wide entry into the hairpin and Barlow edged along inside.Kenny’s race turned for the worst with and other mistake at turn four dropping him further down and eventually finishing in 7th. But one driver’s misery in anothers fortune, Hunt seized the moment going into third position. While this was happening there was a healthy mid pack battle between Rowan Ross, Greg Smith and Aaron Lewis. At chequered flag Proctor was triumphant winning 3 from 3. Barlow crossed the line second but was relegated to third due to a false start penalty; this gave second to a persistent Hunt.

 

Proctor now has 7 wins from 7 starts and practically has one hand on the annual trophy. Kenny did his best to stop his winning streak but just fell short. It was great to see a larger field of cars and the continued effort on the electric cars experiment. Supersports have become a progressive category with a bright future. 

  

RACE 1

1st

98  AP Racing

Adam Proctor

Stohr WF1

2nd

22  Regulator Systems

Alex Kenny

Chiron LMP3

3rd

  2  AP   Racing

Darren Barlow

Stohr WF1

RACE 2

1st

98  AP Racing

Adam Proctor

Stohr WF1

2nd

22  Regulator Systems

Alex Kenny

Chiron LMP3

3rd

  2  AP   Racing

Darren Barlow

Stohr WF1

RACE 3

1st

98  AP Racing

Adam Proctor

Stohr WF1

2nd

52  Radical Australia

Josh Hunt

Radical SRS3RS

3rd

  2  AP   Racing

Darren Barlow

Stohr WF1

 

CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS AFTER TWO ROUNDS

CLASS 1

1st

Greg Smith

99

2nd

Rowan Ross

83

3rd

Josh Conroy

82

CLASS 2

1st

Adam Proctor

86

2nd

Darren Barlow

77

3rd

Paul Palmer

70

MASTERS

1st

Rowan Ross

101

2nd

Greg Smith

100

3rd

George Davis

93

 

 

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