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2018 Round 6 – SMP

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CAMS 2018 NSW Motor Race Championship

SuperSports Round 6

Sydney Motorsport Park:  17th November 2018

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The final event of the CAMS NSW state championship was held at an overcast Sydney Motorsport Park. 14 cars came out to qualify comprising of four different classes of racing with Championship front runners Darren Barlow, Mitch Neilson and John Beck in the mix it will be an exciting day of racing. Barlow wasted no time in setting a benchmark lap of 1:29.5591 and it was just as well as he suffered a minor mechanical failure on lap three that would stop him from taking any further part in the session. The fast Juno of Alex Kenny tried to better the time set, but with the underbody of his car scraping on the ground he was compromised. The Radicals of Neilsen and Beck also put a series of fast laps however in the end Barlow did enough to claim pole.
A rolling start was the procedure to get things on the way for race 1, Barlow and Kenny controlled the field down the main straight and once the field was released it Kenny who made the better start and took the lead. The front row pair proceeded to distance themselves from the pursuing pack and as each lap passed their advantage increased. High qualifying Beck found himself in last position in the initial lap, with plenty of work ahead of him he proceeded to work his way through the field. Peter Hill also lost many positions at the start and found himself mid-pack.
The two front runners where immune to the misfortune of others and continued their march forward and by mid race they had a healthy lead over third placed Kostinken Pohorukov. A three-way dice formed for the last podium position between Pohorukov, Pail Braico and Neilson. This exciting dice lasted the remained of the race with the drivers never more than a second apart. In the end Kenny claimed 1st, Barlow arrived home second and Pohorukov withstood pressure from Neilsen to finish a strong 3rd.
Race 2 looked like a repeat of the first race with Kenny taking an early lead from Barlow while Pohorukov and Neilson continued their dice for third position. Barlow was putting a lot of pressure on Kenny and on lap 9 he made a brilliant overtaking move that started at turn 2 and was completed at turn 4. The two leaders drove side by side through the 3-corner complex showing great skill and determination. Once Barlow was through, he was able to edge out a small lead from Kenny.
Overtaking moves where not exclusive to the front runner with dices forming up and down the field. The PRB’s of Ivan Srejber and John Moyes swapped positions multiple times, Beck and Stephen Champion followed suit. Drivers left nothing on the track knowing too well that this is the final weekend and the racing they displayed was nothing short of brilliant. Barlow showed his class finishing 1st from Kenny, 3rd position looked to be secured by Pohorukov however a late charge by Neilsen put an end to that.

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The final race of the year started late Saturday afternoon and the drivers put on a great show. As the cars arrived at turn 2 for the first lap there was a four-way tussle for the lead, Kenny, Barlow, Pohokurov and Neilsen. In this race the two radical drivers (Nielsen and Pohorukov) maintained the pace of Barlow and Kenny, and during the second lap Barlow made an opportunistic move on Kenny and this allowed Pohorukov to slip by as well.
The four-way dice for the lead was building up nicely when the unfortunate Hills retired at turn 15 and his stricken car caused the safety car to come out for a few laps. On the restart Pohorukov took command of the race from Barlow, Kenny and Neilsen. This formation continued until the unfortunate Kenny struck trouble with his car retiring. The all-important Trophy race was won by Pohorukov, the consistent Barlow claimed 2nd and Neilsen finished 3rd. Nielsen consistency and speed help him to claim the 2018 NSW Supercar overall champion. The individual class winners where Mitch Nielsen Class 1, Darren Barlow Class 2. Peter Hills Class 3 and Ivan Srebjer Class 4.

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Race 1

1

21  Alexander Kenny (NSW)

REGULATOR AUTOMATION

2015 Juno LMP3

2

27  Darren Barlow (NSW)

GWR

2013 Stohr WF1      

3

3  Kostinken Pohorukov (NSW)

GWR

2017 Radical SR3 RSX 1500

 

Race 2

1

27  Darren Barlow (NSW)

GWR

2013 Stohr WF1      

2

21  Alexander Kenny (NSW)

REGULATOR AUTOMATION

2015 Juno LMP3

3

38  Mitchell Neilson (NSW)

RA Motorsports / NRT Neilson R

2011 Radical SR3 1500

 

Race 3

1

3  Kostinken Pohorukov (NSW)

GWR

2017 Radical SR3 RSX 1500

2

27  Darren Barlow (NSW)

GWR

2013 Stohr WF1      

3

38  Mitchell Neilson (NSW)

RA Motorsports / NRT Neilson R

2011 Radical SR3 1500

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