04 May 2015

2015 Round 2 – SMP

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CAMS NSW 2015 Motor Race Championship

SuperSports Round 2

Sydney Motorsport Park, 2nd May 2015

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The weather had been unsettled leading up to the 2nd round of the Supersport NSW state Championship. Sydney had been battered by storm over the previous weeks and the trend looked likely to continue over the weekend. The Grass verges of the track were sodden and any car that would not stay on the black stuff would certainly encounter trouble. The entry list for the round was larger in numbers   than the previous round; this was great news for the organizers and spectators.

The Class 1 field consisted of Oliver Smith and Chris Sutton;Yasser Shahin, Kosta Pohonukov, Peter Johnston, Michael Whiting, Sue Hughes Phil Anseline, David Crampton and Gregory Kenny. Darren Barlow was in class two in the Stohr.  In the SR8 class the very fast Neale Muston was joined by Greg Smith, John Corbett and Robert Baird.  In total 16 cars came out to qualify in what was still a dry track, clouds were looming in the distance but no precipitation to that point.  Pole went to Greg Smith in the Radical SR8 and alongside him was John Corbett also in a SR8. The fastest SR3 was Peter Paddon (3rd) while the lone Stohr of Barlow qualified a lowly 11th.

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Race 1

Rolling start was the order of the day (as it will be for the rest of the year) and the cars came onto the track in very wet conditions, there was standing water in most places and the outfield was water logged.  The cars crossed the start line and accelerated towards the first turn jostling for positions. During the lap there was confusion over the “debris” flag, and the leaders all slowed- but not O.Smith. As the cars came past for the conclusion of the first lap the order was; Oliver Smith with a healthy lead over Corbett, Greg Smith and Peter Paddon.  Muston who had started from the back of the grid was in seventh place. By the second lap Muston was in second place and hunting down the leader.

 Amongst the mid field there were great battles forming.  Shahin and Baird was one of many, they had a slight touch at turn two and fortunately for both they continued on to finish the race.  By the fourth lap Muston was right behind Oliver Smith and ready to pounce.  As they crossed the line at the end of lap five Muston was in the lead from O Smith, who in turn was closely followed by Corbett.  Muston was the class of the field and went on to win from Corbett, third place went to Baird. After the great start and leading for four laps Oliver Smith finished a strong 4th.  Congratulation to all the drivers, considering the condition the racing was clean and all stayed on the track. 

 Race 2

The second race was held in slightly dryer conditions; Corbett made a brilliant start beating Muston into the first corner. Baird, Paddon and O Smith also made a great start and headed towards the front of the field. By the second lap Muston had passed Corbett and regained the lead, behind him there was a six car dice for the podium positions.  Corbett, Baird, Paddon, O Smith, Pohonukov and G Smith were only separated by a second.  Unfortunately Pohonukov retired while in a strong position.  Back in midfield the Stohr of Barlow made a puff of Blue smoke just before turn one at the end of the main straight. As the car came past on the following lap, the puff had turned into a continuous trail of smoke. The following lap the smoke was bellowing out leading to an imminent retirement. Up front Muston was pulling away from Corbett who in turn was building a gap to the third position dice between Baird, G Smith and Paddon. The final result was Muston in first place from Corbett and Baird. Again Muston showed his class lapping two seconds faster than the second placed driver and nearly four seconds quicker that the mid field cars..

Race 3

The third and final race was held in very dark conditions. An incident in the previous races (other classes) caused a delay in proceedings.  The cars started the final race in similar condition to the two previous races; the track was wet and treacherous. The field started cleanly but it all came unstuck at turn one. With cars trying to find racing room 6 or 7 cars left the track onto the grass. Phill Anseline ran out of real estate and his car slid to a halt with heavy damage to the front. This mishap forced the safety car to come out and once the dust had settled (or should I say mud) some of the faster guys found themselves at the back of the field.

As the cars came past the start line behind the safety car the order was: Muston, Corbett, Baird, and O Smith. Some of the faster guys like Paddon and Greg Smith were at the back of the field. It took a long time to extrapolate Anseline’s car from the mud; the field was stuck behind the safety car for five laps, this only gave a few laps of green racing. Towards the end of the race as the safety car pulled into the pits, visibility was poor.   The final result was Muston 1st giving him 3 wins from just as many starts, Corbett finished 2nd capping off a great week end and  Baird came home 3rd. Paddon was the first SR3 home in 4th position .

All drivers drove exceptionally well considering the very trying conditions.

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Race 1

 

 

 

1   

41  EXCALIBUR RACING

Neale Muston (NSW)

Radical SR8         

2   

66  RAW RACING                    

John Corbett (NSW) 

Radical SR3         

3   

11  EXDRA MOTORSPORT

Robert Baird (VIC)      

Radical SR8         

4          

86  RADICAL AUSTRALIA             

Oliver Smith (NSW) 

Radical SR3   

 

 

 

 

Race 2        

 

 

 

1  

 41  EXCALIBUR RACING              

Neale Muston (NSW)

Radical SR8         

2  

 66  RAW RACING                   

John Corbett (NSW) 

Radical SR8         

3   

11  EXDRA MOTORSPORT

Robert Baird (VIC)      

Radical SR8         

5          

31  FIRST FOCUS                   

Peter Paddon (NSW)

Radical SR3        

 

 

 

 

Race 3

 

 

 

1  

 41  EXCALIBUR RACING              

Neale Muston (NSW)

Radical SR8         

2   

66  RAW RACING                    

John Corbett (NSW) 

Radical SR8         

3  

11  EXDRA MOTORSPORT

Robert Baird (VIC)      

Radical SR8         

4

31  FIRST FOCUS                               

Peter Paddon (NSW)

Radical SR3

 

 

 

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