12 Apr 2019

2019 Round 1 – SMP

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CAMS 2019 NSW Motor Race Championship

SuperSports Round 1

Sydney Motorsport Park:  6th April 2019

 2019_r1_1

The first round of the NSW Supersport championship was held in perfect Sydney Autumn weather. Many interstate drivers made the long trek to NSW to compete, boosting grid number up.  Brenton Keogh, Bill Medland, Glen Stallbaum and David Barram from QLD. Phillip Hughes from Victoria and Mark Laucke and Daniel Gonzales from South Australia. Combined with the local drivers it made a healthy 21 car entry list.

Drivers pushed hard in qualifying with John Beck having a gentle spin at the hairpin. Barram claimed pole on his last of the qualifying laps with a great time of 1.33:1455, just edging out Nick Kelly. The second row consisted of Darren Barlow and Neale Muston and the third row was made of Phillip Hughes and Stephen Champion. The program was of 3 races all in one day, with limited turnaround in between races.

Barram made a great start in the first race and arrived at turn in first position with Muston hot on his heels. The two leaders seemed to have an edge on the rest of the field and proceeded to build a small gap to third positioned Kelly. As the race matured groups of cars formed throughout the field. Barlow was putting a lot of pressure on Kelly until an error from the latter saw him drop 10 places in one lap.

By mid race distance, the order was Barram from Muston, and then a gap to Barlow and Chris Sutton. The unfortunate John Moyes in the PRB retired on lap 6, depriving him of a good class finish. Another great dice was forming between Peter Clare, Champion and Beck, this battle would last till the end of the race. In the end Barram won from the hard charging Muston, with Barlow finishing 3rd.

Muston made the best start in race 2, he was able to lead the field into the second turn just ahead of Barram, Barlow and Sutton. Phillip Hughes was very late on the brakes and was able to pass 2 cars at the approach of the second turn. During the second lap the unfortunate Chris Barry coasted to a halt on the outside of turn 3 with no engine power. Not long after that Barram retired while in a strong second position. A safety car was called to remove all the stricken cars off the track and controlled the race for nearly three laps.

The field was released again with only a few laps to go and it would be a sprint to the finish. Muston continued his form and edged out from Barlow. The battle for 3rd was between Gonzales, Laucke and Hughes. The final order was Muston 1st, Barlow 2nd and Laucke 3rd. Gonzales finished 4th, but was given a 30 second penalty that relegated him towards the back.

In the final race Barlow made an even start with Muston, with the former taking the lead in a daring overtaking move on the outside of turn 2.  Once in the lead Barlow was unstoppable pulling away with ease. Muston tried his best to hang on but could not prevail. Barram, who had started at the back of the field due to his demise in the previous race was making his way towards the front, passing cars with ease making his way into third position.

The front runners started having trouble: Chris Sutton retired while he was in 4th position, Philip Hughes retired while in 5th and unfortunately Barram made it all the way to a podium place when he also DNF. As the race closed to an end the cars where relatively spread apart. Barlow won comfortably from Muston, with Laucke coming home 3rd to claim the last spot on the podium

 

Race 1

1

46

David Barram (QLD)

D Barram

Chiron LMP3

2

41

Neale Muston (NSW)

Excalibur Racing

Radical SR8

3

27

Darren Barlow (NSW)

GWR

Stohr WF1

 

Race 2

1

41

Neale Muston (NSW)

Excalibur Racing

Radical SR8

2

27

Darren Barlow (NSW)

GWR

Stohr WF1

3

55

Mark Laucke (SA)

JAM

Wolf GB08 Tornado

 

Race 3

1

27

Darren Barlow (NSW)

GWR

Stohr WF1

2

41

Neale Muston (NSW)

Excalibur Racing

Radical SR8

3

55

Mark Laucke (SA)

JAM

Wolf GB08 Tornado

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