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2019 Round 3 – SMP

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CAMS 2019 NSW Motor Race Championship

SuperSports Round 3

Sydney MotorSport Park:  22nd June 2019

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A relatively small field of 9 cars came out to qualify on a cold Sydney wintery day.  The field consisted of one Stohr driven by Darren Barlow, one Juno driven by Alex Kenny, one West driven by Paul Palmer and six radicals; Peter Clare, Sue Hughes, Paul Braico, Gregory Kenny, John Beck and Stephen Champion. Alex Kenny claimed pole from Barlow, the second row consisted of Champion and Beck, Greg Kenny and Braico.

The first race was held in relatively sunny conditions, all drivers made a clean start. The field arrived at turn 2 with Alex Kenny in the lead from Barlow and Greg Kenny.  Barlow was in close proximity to A. Kenny as they came out of turn two. The latter suddenly went left into the infield and toured the grassy area. Barlow was able to gather it all up and continue on, re-joining the race towards the rear of the small field.

 Alex Kenny capitalized on the situation and proceeded to pull away from the new second place car of Greg Kenny. During the second lap both Barlow and Champion over took Greg Kenny and by the third lap Barlow was already in 2nd albeit more than 10 seconds behind the leader. Hughes car was sounding ill and not long after that she retired from the race. She was not alone, Braico and Clare followed suit not long after that.

Alex Kenny was in a commanding position, no matter how hard Barlow pushed, he was unable to bridge the gap. Champion was in a comfortable 3rd, with Beck and Palmer dicing for 4th. The final result was A Kenny 1st, Barlow 2nd and Champion 3rd.

In the second race A Kenny made another great start and was followed by Barlow and Beck. Kenny and Barlow looked set to have a great battle before disaster struck the leader, Kenny was forced to retire with battery problems, handing the lead to Barlow.

In the middle of the pack there was a four-way battle between Greg Kenny, Champion, Clare and Beck. These four drives battled each other for track position until the demise of Braico, resulting in a DNF. The biggest turning point of the race was the retirement of Palmer, with his stricken car causing the safety car to come out.

Once the field was released again, Barlow continued his run and eventually won from Clare by a comfortable 25 seconds. Beck clinched 3rd just ahead of Greg Kenny. 

The last race was run in very dark conditions, a late start time during the shortest daylight day of the year made it difficult for the drivers. With Barlow starting from the front and his rival Alex Kenny from the back it would be an interesting race. Barlow made the best start and promptly built up a gap to the rest of the field. As expected, Alex Kenny would be the biggest mover, however no one predicted he would be in second position by the end of the first lap. The two leaders were lapping 3 to 4 seconds a lap quicker than the rest of the field and quickly became a qualifying session for the two.

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 The battle for 3rd was a different matter, Clare was just ahead of Beck, Champion and Greg Kenny. These drivers put on a great show as the two leaders romped away.  It all came unstuck during lap 10 of 16 when Clare suddenly retired on the back straight, his car coming to a halt on the side of the road. Not long after that Kenny’s woes continued again with battery problem, he retired while in a comfortable 2nd place.

During lap 11 the order was Barlow in front with a massive margin to Beck and Champion. It seemed that second position was cursed, in a bizarre twist Beck’s car stopped in the middle of the back straight next to the stricken car of Clare. Beck sat in his car in the middle of the track as cars passed him, about 10 seconds slater his car fired up again and drove away. As this all unfolded Champion drove past the unfortunate Beck and found him self in 2nd position.

The final twist of the day was Greg Kenny’s car stopping in a similar position to the other retirees on the penultimate lap. In the end Barlow won from the consistent Champion. Beck picked up the scrap to finish 3rd and was left wondering what could have been. Palmer finished 4th ahead of Braico, these two cars were never more than a car length apart through out the race. Sue Hughes came home in a strong 6th position and Simon Bathgate finished 7th.

Barlow came out on top with 2 first and one second. Alex Kenny’s summed it well; “ Darren gifted me race 1 by spinning at turn 2 and then I gifted him race 2 and 3 with battery problems, the up and downs of motor racing

 2019_R4_Field

 

Race 1

1

21

Regulator Automation

Alexander Kenny

Juno LMP3

2

27

GWR

Darren Barlow

Stohr WF1

3

34

GWR/Champion’s Business Growth

Stephen Champion

Radical 

 

Race 2

1

27

GWR

Darren Barlow

Stohr WF1

2

34

Shared Runway Volante Rosso

Peter Clare

Radical

3

77

Vantage Property

John Beck

Radical  SR3RS

 

Race 3

1

27

GWR

Darren Barlow

Stohr WF1

2

34

GWR/Champion’s Business Growth

Stephen Champion

Radical 

3

77

Vantage Property

John Beck

Radical  SR3RS

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