19 Aug 2014

2014 Round 4 – Wakefield Park

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CAMS NSW SuperSports Championship – Round 4

Wakefield Park – August 16th, 2014

World First

Electric car wins against petrol combustion engines

Walden on the way to a world first victory

Wakefield Park on the outskirts of Goulburn NSW turned on one of its special winter days, single digit temperature and a dark threatening sky was the order for the day. Nine cars rolled out for qualifying for the 4th round of the NSW Supersports Championships in readiness for a race packed day. The cool conditions made it difficult for the drivers to get any warmth in their tyres, Rowan Ross in the SR3 won the save of the day competition by going wide at turn 9 and subsequently putting two wheels on the dirt. His car bounced back onto the track and immediately started a “tank slapper” that proceeded for at least 150m. Pole went to Darren Barlow in the Stohr and alongside him was the Elmofo Electric Radical of Garth Walden. The biggest story in Qualifying was the Adam Proctor’s misfortune, braking down with engine valve damage just after five laps. This would rule Proctor out for the day putting a serious dent in his Championship aspirations.

2014_r4_offFor Race 1 only eight cars came out onto the track, they were; in Class 1, Rowan Ross, Rod Wilson, Joshua Conroy, Trent White and George Davis (All Radical SR3). In Class 2 the lone Stohr of Darren Barlow and in Class 3; The Radical SR8 of Greg Smith and the Elmofo Electric Radical of Garth Walden.  At race start Walden made a brilliant get away, quickly building a large lead from the chasing Barlow.  Third position was held by Smith in the SR8. Walden’s tactic was to push hard from the start and create a large gap due to possibly his car running out of charge. And this tactic seemed to work until the fifth lap where it was noticeable that Barlow was starting to make ground back. Luckily Walden only had 3 laps left to manage his race…..and he managed in the best possible way, by taking out the race win. What was achieved in this rural country town of NSW was a world first, an Electric car won a race against the more conventionally petrol powered race cars. Congratulations to all involved in this successful project, a first of many wins to come.  Barlow was a gallant second while Smith crossed the line in third position. The battle for SR3 honors went to Rowan Ross (4th overall).

For Race 2, Walden had a few possible strategies. He could push from the start and build up a lead and hope it will last or he could be conservative and save some charge for the end of the race. What was to happen at the start of the race would force Walden into a favorable strategy. The start of race 2 was messy to say the least; Ross jumped the lights while at the same time Smith remained stationary on the grid. Walden was the first car to reach turn 1 with a good merging to second. Then the safety car came out, this was bittersweet news for Walden, he would lose his margin but at the same time conserve energy in the car. The safety car lasted 2 laps and once it was taken out of the equation the race patter was very similar to the first race.  At the checker Walden and Barlow repeated the previous race result while third across the line went to Ross. Unfortunately Ross received a time penalty for jumping the start elevating Conroy to the podium and first of the Class 1 cars home.

2014_r4_t1The Trophy race was to be 22 laps long and it would be very difficult for the Elmofo to last the distance. Smith who DNF in race 2, would start from the back of the grid. Walden made another brilliant start building a small lead. In the meantime Smith was making his way through the pack and was in fourth position by the 3rd lap. During lap 3 Walden spun at the fishhook allowing Barlow to take the lead. That was to be the demise of the Electric car as it would retire soon after that.  The battle of the SR3 was intense with Ross, Conroy and Wilson dicing mid pack.  Eventually the faster SR8 of Smith passed all the smaller engine SR3’s to reach second position.  After 22 laps of hard racing Barlow won from, Smith. Ross capped a great weekend finishing 3rd and leading class1.

The small number of entrants did not detract from the achievement of the Elmofo Electric car, 2 race wins and blistering speed.

 

Race 1

Pos

No.

Driver

Car

Class

1st

7

Garth Walden

Elmofo (Radical SR8 Electric)

Class 3

2nd

2

Darren Barlow

Stohr WF1

Class 2

3rd

78

Greg Smith

Radical SR8

Class 3

4th

88

Rowan Ross

Radical SR3

Class 1

 

 

 Race 2

Pos

No.

Driver

Car

Class

1st

7

Garth Walden

Elmofo (Radical SR8 Electric)

Class 3

2nd

2

Darren Barlow

Stohr WF1

Class 2

3rd

51

Joshua Conroy

Radical SR3

Class 1

 

 

Race 3

Pos

No.

Driver

Car

Class

1st

2

Darren Barlow

Stohr WF1

Class 2

3rd

78

Greg Smith

Radical SR8

Class 3

4th

88

Rowan Ross

Radical SR3

Class 1

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