14 Apr 2015

2015 Round 1 – Wakefield

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CAMS NSW 2015 Motor Race Championship

SuperSports Round 1

Wakefield Park – April 11th, 2015

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It was a long summer wait for the first round of the NSW Motor Race Championship and after a five month break the 1st round was upon us at Wakefield Park.  Drizzle fell on the track late Friday night and in the early hours of Saturday morning but fortunately the skies cleared up for the weekends racing.  The format for the round was to be Qualifying and 3 races all in one day.  A rolling start is also part of the championship in 2015; this was trialled last season with good success. 
The field was smaller than anticipated, consisting of Peter Paddon, Oliver Smith, Chris Sutton and Kim Burke all in Class One. Burke was debuting the new Radical SR3Rsx, a very striking car. Darren Barlow and Paul Palmer competed in Class Two in their very light, single seater Sports Racers, and Greg Smith and Nick Kelly filled Class Three with the imposing and very powerful Radical SR8’s. Qualifying held on early Saturday morning proved that even though it was a small field most of the cars would be competitive. Seven out of the eight cars were only separated by a mere 2 seconds.  Barlow in the Stohr proved to be quick enough to claim pole with a time of 57.2924., beside him on the front row was the Radical SR8 of Greg Smith.
The session was not without any dramas; Oliver Smith had a spin at turn 5 in what looked like a case of trying too hard. Palmer also went of at turn 2, the nose of his car acted like a shovel picking up plenty of dirt and dumping it onto the track.  Unfortunately Kelly found that dirt while on a hot lap and went straight off at high speed at turn 3, no apparent damage was done.

Race 1
The race started cleanly with Kelly and Greg Smith battling for the lead at turn 1. As the cars made the turn some drivers backed off and this resulted in Sutton jumping onto the brakes and locking his rear wheels, his car eventually stopped on the infield. Sutton rejoined in last place with plenty of ground to make up. At front it was Kelly, G Smith and Barlow ( who missed the start)ndicing for the lead while Paddon and O Smith were all over each other in the midfield. By lap 3 Kelly had a slight lead from G Smith who was trying to keep Barlow’s Stohr at bay.  Barlow was very quick at the back of the circuit while the Radicals had the speed advantage in the straight. By the fourth lap Barlow overtook G Smith under brakes and went on to finish a strong second.
Kelly led the race from start to finish opening his 2015 campaign in the best possible way. Greg Smith finished a strong third. Burke in the new car had a quiet and steady race coming home fourth, a great debut with more speed to come. Sutton recovered from his early spin to finish seventh albeit a lap down.  The unfortunate Palmer was having a difficult run having 3 separate excursions onto the grass area, having his debut race at Wakefield Park; he was the last classified finisher.
 

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The second race was held in sunnier conditions with increased track temperature and as the cars came past the pits for the rolling start it was again Barlow in the Stohr who struggled to match the power of the Radicals at the start.  The Stohr strength is under brakes and this point was proven by the successful move Barlow pulled of at turn five claiming second position from Greg Smith. G Smith subsequently spun at high speed two corners later and was fortunate not to hit the wall.  He rejoined the race in last position only to retire and park his car.
Up front Barlow was harassing Kelly for the lead with multiple late braking manoeuvres on the last corner (coming onto the straight), and for one lap he did manage to get past him, however the power of Kelly’s car came through. In mid pack Paddon was following a car at the kink on the main straight when a starter motor gave in causing his rear wheels to lock up at high speeds. His car became stationary across the track in the fastest part of the circuit, a very dangerous position. While this was happening Palmer who was about to be lapped  moved out of the way of the leaders but unfortunately his car made side contact with the eventual race winner Kelly. Both cars heavily damaged. The Race was red flagged and the final result was Kelly from Barlow and Oliver Smith in a solid third.

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Both Palmer and Kelly cars would not start the final race due to damage incurred during race 2.  Barlow reaction time at the start was much better and was able to reach turn one in first position and away from the problems that bestowed drivers behind him. Only six cars started this race and there should have been plenty of racing room, as the cars reached the kink in the straight Oliver Smith was squeezed and had to take avoiding action at high speed. This sent him into a high speed spin; he was able to rejoin the race albeit half a lap behind.  Barlow was able to pull away from the rest of the field with little opposition and come home for a comfortable win. Burke in the new car also had a lonely run home to finish 2nd in the Trophy race. The battle for third was intense between Sutton, Paddon and G Smith, these 3 drivers diced for several laps with G Smith coming out on top and netting third.
The small field was able to provide great racing with Barlow combining speed and consistency to gain plenty of Championship points, looking forward to the next round at Sydney Motor Sport Park on May 2nd and a much bigger field.

 

 

RACE 1

1st

99 – Nick Kelly             

Industrie

Radical SR8

Class 3

2nd

  2 – Darren Barlow

 

Stohr WF1

Class 2

3rd

78 – Greg Smith

Radical Australia

Radical SR8

Class 3

 

 

 

 

 

RACE 2

1st

99 – Nick Kelly             

Industrie

Radical SR8

Class 3

2nd

  2 – Darren Barlow

 

Stohr WF1

Class 2

3rd

86 – Oliver Smith

Radical Australia

Radical SR3

Class 1

 

 

 

 

 

RACE 3

1st

  2 – Darren Barlow

 

Stohr WF1

Class 2

2nd

68 – Kim Burke

Raw Racing

Radical SR3 RSX

Class 1

3rd

78 – Greg Smith

Radical Australia

Radical SR8

Class 3

 

 

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