02 Jul 2018

2018 Round 4 – Phillip Island

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CAMS 2018 NSW Motor Race Championship

SuperSports Round 4

Phillip Island:  23/24 June 2018

 Cool and damp conditions dominated practice and qualifying with Mitch Neilson (Radical SR3) making the most of it with a best of 1.48.5854s to take pole ahead of Phillip Hughes (Radical SR3) and Darren Barlow (Stohr WF1) in a fifteen car grid with a mix of wet and dry tyres making life interesting for the competitors with the slippery outfield claiming a few runners.

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Race 1 saw wet conditions; however, the rain had stopped and drivers had to decide what tyres to utilise. Mitch Neilson went with wets and grabbed the lead from Philip Hughes with Darren Barlow slow away on slicks. Hughes quickly passed Mitch Neilson into the lead, before a first lap incident between Greg Kenny and Steve Champion brought out the safety car. This resulted in the field closing and allowed the track to continue to dry. On the restart Philip Hughes lead from Mitch Neilson with Darren Kurzok (Radical SR3) and Paul Braico (Radical SR3) third and fourth. With the track drying, Barlow made his way through from fifth up to third and set the fastest lap time on the last lap. At the chequered flag it was Hughes from Neilson, however a post-race penalty dropped Hughes to tenth. Mitch Neilson therefore won his first NSW Supersports race from a fast finishing Barlow, then Kurzok, Braico and Greg Kenny (Radical SR3).

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Sunday brought on Race 2 and there was plenty of grey cloud threatening but no rain to speak of. The cool but dry conditions were much more to Barlow’s liking and he moved to the lead from the start and took the win (Fastest Lap 1.32.6567s) from Neilson, Kurzok and Mark Short (Prince lsr). Solid performances from Greg Kenny, Peter Hills (Radical SR8), Steve Champion (Radical SR3) and Paul Braico ahead of a fast finishing Chris Barry (PRB), the first of the Class 4 cars.

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Race 3 saw Barlow take the win (Fastest Lap 1.32.7863s) ahead of Mark Short who found some good form to edge out Mitch Neilson this time with Peter Hills claiming fourth. Greg Kenny was next with the race long battle between Champion and Braico being resolved in that order. Chris Barry was the best of the PRB’s in Class 4 to edge out Tasmanian traveller Malcolm Lee and James Dick.

 

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RACE 1

1

38 Mitchell Neilson (NSW)

RA Motorsport

Radical SR3

2

27 Darren Barlow (NSW)

GWR

Stohr WF1

3

29 Darren Kurzok (NSW)      

Kode Remotes

Radical SR3

 

RACE 2

1

27 Darren Barlow (NSW)

GWR

Stohr WF1

2

38 Mitchell Neilson (NSW)

RA Motorsports / NRT Neilson

Radical SR3

3

Philip Hughes

             

Radical SR3

 

 

 

 

 

RACE 3

1

27 Darren Barlow (NSW)

GWR

Stohr WF1

2

16 Mark Short (SA)       

MSR Motorsport Fabrication     

Prince lsr

3

38  Mitchell Neilson (NSW)  

RA Motorsport

Radical SR3

 

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