WASCRG RACE MEETING HELD ON SATURDAY 2-12-17

Thanks everyone who turned up for the final race night of the year, we had a great turn out with only a few regular faces missing due to other commitments.

First up was V8 supercars which brought some great heats and some fantastic driving. The mains saw a shake up with Claire Davie taking the first step up to line up with the likes of Nick Cochrane, Matt Boland and Steven Miller. The boys spent too long worrying about each other that Claire snuck through to take the next step up into the B main. Continuing a great drive for the night saw Simon step up to the A main resulting in an equal first for the overall championship. Well done a a great season.

 

NSR GT stepped up the pace to see the lap times drop into the 6.1 second bracket, congratulations to Nick who took the fastest drive of the night with a sweltering 6.183 seconds. I think some competition might be driving a bit of extra speed, pun intended. Well done to Micky who blew out the cobwebs after some time off and managed to also “do a Bradbury”, I think we all would agree that it was the drive of the night which took Micky all the way to the A main.

This Saturday is the trophy night and final wind up for the year, please dont forget to see Syd if you haven’t got next years racing calendar which will see a new format of one combined season.

 

Thanks for another great year of racing,

Claire

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WASCRG RACE MEETING HELD ON SATURDAY 18-11-17

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hi Everyone,

Sorry about the delay for the write up, it’s been a busy week as I have one race meeting left before returning to my FIFO job.

Saturday night brought about some great racing once again, thanks to all who came to make a decent turn out.

First race up was the Historic NASCAR, despite a few troubles in the heats racing got off to a cracking start with some tight racing and exciting finishes. In the heats the highlight had to be the Miller showdown between Syd and Mark who seems to have found a driving style for speed and control. Experience prevailed and Syd took the win and the A main step up.

The V8 supercar race saw the lap time’s drop down to an impressive 6.469 sec by Peter Hagarty. Well done on having a great drive over the last few races. The racing seemed to be a lot more consistent and again there was some exciting racing between all competitors. Well done to all competitors that took the step up from their respective races Steven Miller, Mark Miller, Simon Davie and Chris Kendal. The reverse round was chosen as round 4, hopefully

Once again thanks to everyone who helps behind the scenes with raffles, entry money, donations of snacks and for the half time catering.

Previous comments which have been thoroughly discussed but finalised are that everyone in attendance agreed that we will be moving away from trophies and will present a perpetual shield which will be dated back to the start of the club. The general hope is that we can get back to some good fun racing rather than focussing on one point here and one point there.

Lastly I would like to propose an amendment to the results in that Ian Stone should be removed from the NASCAR results as the points allocated were achieved by accident for some practice racing.

Cheers,

 

Claire

 

 

 

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WASCRG RACE MEETING HELD ON SATURDAY 4-1-17

Due to severe bouts of man flu and winners cramp the usual authors have left it to the last man standing to pen this fortnights write-up. Luckily I’m no man, so I’ll surmise yet another great night of racing.

With less in attendance than expected the Sideways group 5 category got off to a rocketing start. As always the track provided some unpredictability and yellow lane proved to be difficult. Nevertheless the heats pushed on to the mains, competing for the lead in the C main was Ron Layton, Claire Davie, Mark Miller and Mike Fuller. Race 1 saw some early carnage until a rhythm was found however Ron led by example and proved that a smooth consistent race is better than a fast inconsistent one. Following Ron’s step up to the B main meant he joined Tony Mallinson, Peter Worth and Peter Hagarty. Tony showed some fantastic driving through out the main despite getting tangled up in an early collision. A quick recovery resulted in a master class of step-up’s to the A main! Unfortunately the unfamiliarity and shock of being in the A main ended Tony’s run, well done on a great drive. The rest of the line up for the win consisted of Syd Miller, Nick Cochrane and Chris Kendal. Syd gave a cracking effort to pull out a 6.406 second lap. Despite their best effort Nick and Chris just couldn’t match Syd who went on to win the class for the night. Congratulations on a great drive.

Given that no reverse round has been drawn for the Sideways class, we revert to second option of drawing all classes together. Chris Kendal took the honours and drew out round number 1 to reverse. Catering at half time was sorted by Mark Miller, thanks for feeding everyone and providing a variety of condiments to go with the snacks. An extra mention to Peter Worth for providing some nice honeycomb chocolates, they disappeared faster than the pies!

On to the NSR GT saw the track voltage changed in anticipation of the forthcoming speed. The heats gave everyone a chance to get used to the change of pace and the C main consisted of Claire Davie, Mark Miller, Ron Layton and Mike Fuller. A quick pit stop saw Mike find some pace but it wasn’t enough to keep up with the speed of Mark’s Mosler when he set a lap time of 6.643 seconds, Mark’s fastest time of the night. Ron and Mike still gave Claire and Mark  a good fight but a few crashes saw Claire take the step up to the B main. The rest of the line up in the B main consisted of Peter Worth, Peter Hagerty and Tony Mallinson. This race was all about the Peter’s leaving Claire and Tony to take the final placings. Up the front Peter and Peter put on a fantastic show with Peter Worth proving that he is a contender for the championship win later in the year. Taking the step up into the A main Peter Worth joined Nick Cochrane, Chris Kendall and Syd Miller. The final race was excitement enough for all and we witnessed the times drop even further until Peter Worth pulled out a race winning time of 6.277 seconds.

Next fortnight we are racing historic Nascars and MJK v8’s, hopefully we will see a decent turn out for the next round. As for now like the man says, that’s all folks!

 

Claire

 

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WASCRG RACE MEETING HELD ON SATURDAY 21-10-17

Hello everybody, we had 14 determined racers turn up for the latest round of the 2017 season and the two classes raced were the new NSR GT Lemans raced in an enduro format and Historic Nascars which was raced in the normal sprint format.

NSR GT LEMANS ENDURO:

Racing in the clockwise direction proved to be a tough affair for most racers with a serious lack of grip being evident. Nic once again showed the way with a dominant display in the first leg that put him about 4 laps ahead of the rest of the field. However in the second leg Peter W showed some seriously good pace in his Mosler and achieved an outstanding total of 111. 112 laps. He also got the fastest lap time of the night to boot. The top four place getters in the end where Nic, Peter W, Matt and Mickey who was also showing a good turn of pace. Full race results can be viewed at the top of the page.

HALF TIME BREAK:

Syd again provided some nice pies and sausage rolls for mid time break and this was much appreciated by everyone.  Congratulations also to the raffle winners for this event.

HISTORIC NASCARS:

This event turned out to be torrid affair with very little separating the main combatants. Syd, Matt, Daryl and Chris faced off in the A Main and after some seriously close racing Matt prevailed to win from Chris with Syd finishing third and Daryl rounded out the top four. Full race results can be viewed at the top of the page.

 

NOTABLE EVENTS ON THE NIGHT:

Congratulations to Nic on another stellar performance to win the Enduro from a fast finishing Peter W who was showing some serious pace with his Mosler. We also saw a great effort from Matt in the Historic Nascars round to get revenge on Chris after he got over him in the last round.

Please feel free to comment on any relevant issues as every body’s opinions count in this club and it would be nice to hear other people’s opinions from time to time.

NEXT MEETING:

The next race meeting will be held on Saturday Nov 4th 2017 and involve Sideway GP5 and  NSR GT Lemans.  We should again see some more very close racing, I am really looking forward to it.

Cheers,

Chris.

 

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WASCRG RACE MEETING HELD ON SATURDAY 7-10-17

We had 16 racers, including 2 visitors, Andrew and Lim,and “Newbie” Ian turn up on Saturday for another great night of racing. We started off with the Sideways Group 5 Enduro in the clockwise direction with minimal grip which showed in the lap times. There was some incredibly close racing in this direction with everybody except Ian, Lim and Andrew struggling with the slipperiness of the track. Andrew certainly showed why he should be a regular attendee by placing quite high despite having not raced for a long period of time! Matt and Nick swapped leads several times with Nick narrowly winning the clockwise direction. We changed direction to the regular direction and is wasn’t long before the  grip started to improve and the times started to come down. Still not down to our usual times but definitely an improvement! This time it was Chris and Nick fighting it out for honors and in the end it was Chris that won through with a big enough margin to win the Enduro by the smallest of margins. Well done Chris! When you look at the results there isn’t much between all our regular racers which shows how close the racing is and that the format works really well. We will look at it at the end of the year to see if we can tweak it even more.

Half time came and we had the usual fare with the added bonus of some hot fruit mince pies with canned cream! Those that had them thought they were pretty good! The raffle was held with 1st 2nd and 3rd prizes being held in credit. We need to discuss what we want to do about the raffle at next meeting!! We also said goodbye to Lim and Andrew who had to leave due to commitments ( Andrew) and an early flight back home to Malaysia (Lim). Its always good to see Lim over here and hopefully we will have the pleasure of his company again!

We raced the NSR GT in the second half of the night and by then the track had regained it’s grip. We again had some incredibly close racing and although the usual suspects came to the top no one anticipated the Claire and Simon show! Claire showed a consistant turn of speed to come up through the C main and into the B main! Simon took it a step further and into the A main! In the A Main Peter W showed what he was capable of by setting the fastest lap but it was Nick with a consistent drive who won from Matt followed by Peter and Simon. Well done to all.

When we drew the balls for the reverse round on Saturday for the Sideways Group 5 it was deemed a normal round. With this being the case the last round will not automatically be a reverse round. To make it fair we will have a redraw by the class leader after the next round to decide which round will be reversed. I think you will all understand the need to do this LOL!

See you all next Saturday for the NSR GT and Historic NASCAR shed will be open from 17:45 due to work commitments cheers Syd

 

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WASCRG RACE MEETING HELD ON SATURDAY 23-9-17

WASCRG had 15 racers turn up to the clubroom for the evenings racing which marks the halfway point in this season. Everyone got a chance to review Syd’s latest effort with the oval track, which heads off to its new home this weekend. All commented on how good the oval track has turned out and Claire even managed a few laps with a 1/24 car, giving a teaser of just how quick a race track it has the potential to be. As mentioned earlier, we plan on hosting a race night on that track at a later date (with Nascars of course!). The club had a guest for the evening, with Lim joining us for some racing. Welcome Lim!

First class for the evening was the Historic Nascars. As is the way with this class, there were a few de-slots. One marshall, (let’s call him Peter) took it upon himself to to assist a de-slotted driver by re-slotting him further up the track and keeping the race competitive. Although the re-slot ended up being half a lap further back. And the car was backwards. But, credit where its due, the intention to do the right thing was there. The same marshall also managed to Godzilla the trackside scenery, sending pieces flying every which way. But, apart from some embarrassment, no harm was done. He even managed to foil his own race by not checking the track mounted brake pot, meaning he completed the race running almost full brake and with a look of complete confusion on his face by the end. Luckily, it didn’t affect his placing in the Mains.

In the E Main, Steve Miller controlled the pace of racing, taking wins in the first 3 races, although Mike Fuller kept in sight of the lead during race 3. In race 4, Mike converted the second place into a win when Steve made a few errors during the middle of the race. Lim brought hoke a pair of second place finishes in races 1 and 2. Steve took the step up into the D Main.

The D Main consisted of Steve Miller, Mickey McGrath, Shane Morgan and unusually, Nick Cochrane who struggled with an ill performing car in the heats. Nick managed to get his head down and take the wins in races 1 and 2. Mickey struck back with wins in races 3 and 4. Nick claimed the step up by virtue of bonus points for fastest laps. Shane and Steve argued over the minor placings after having a few offs each.

It was great to see Ron Layton, Tony Mallison and Claire Davie further up the Mains list, lining up for the C Main alongside Nick. Nick claimed the first victory by a narrow margin from Tony, edging him out by 0.668 of a second. Tony fired back with a win in the next race, putting in a solid drive. Nick wasn’t headed again, claiming the remaining race wins. Claire seemed to have some issues with an underperforming car, lets hope she can sort it for next round. Nick claimed the step up.

Matt Boland, Chris Kendall, Simon Davie and Nick Cochrane lined up for the B Main. Chris and Matt had a fantastic first race, it was all or nothing going into the last corner on the last lap. Chris snuck through by 0.26 secs for the win. Chris then upped the pace for a convincing win in race 2. Race 3 was a repeat of the first, coming down to the last corner. This time, Chris gave Matt a little nudge, ensuring he claimed victory. He rounded it off with another win to make it a clean sweep. Nick and Simon squabbled over the minor placings with good close racing and some tough passes around the top section of the track. Simon just managed to squeeze in 4 3rd place finishes with some good marshalling (thanks Daryl!).

The A Main was a predictably hard fought event between Daryl Nutton, Syd Miller, Chris Kendall and Peter “Godzilla” Hagerty. Peter was first out of the blocks with a controlling win in race 1. Syd upped the ante to win race 2; he pulled out a 6.86 sec lap to ensure a comfortable victory from Chris who chased him all the way. Then it was Chris’ turn to lead the way to the chequered flag, beating Peter by just 0.702 secs. It was great racing from both competitors! Chris backed it up with a more dominant drive for the final race win and round win. Syd Miller flew in under the radar to take second place for the class and Peter Hagerty rounded out the rostrum.

At halftime, Syd was presented with a birthday card (and several cakes!). Happy birthday Syd! The oval track was also quickly pressed into service for a few demonstration laps. A few club members mentioned how good the 1/24 cars looked on track; we’ll work on potentially running a 1/24 event later on.

Then it was back to business with the Group 5 cars making their third outing for the season. The heats passed by quickly and relatively uneventfully with all drivers adjusting to the speed differential after a race or two.

Shane Morgan, Claire Davie and Lim took to the track for the E Main. Claire made it a clean sweep with 4 wins from 4 starts, clearly comfortable straight away. Lim managed a single second place finish in his fantastic looking black and gold JPS liveried car. Shane took a while to warm up, but it was noted his average lap times are improving with every passing event. Good to see him improving in leaps and bounds now.

In the D Main, Claire Davie continued her winning streak with a win in race 1. Tony Mallison, Mike Fuller and Ron Layton fired back in race 2, Tony claiming the victory. He followed in up with a win in the third. Ron chased him all the way to the finish line, ready to capitalise on any mistake Tony made. Mike Fuller pulled out all the stops for race 4 to take the final win and post his best lap time of the evening.

In the C Main, Steve Miller was the man to beat, taking wins in races 1 and 2. He was chased to the line by Mickey McGrath and Simon Davie by 0.614 secs and 0.321 secs respectively. Steve then stepped up the pace for a dominant win in race 3. Crashes from Tony Mallison, Mickey and Steve allowed Simon to slip underneath the radar for the final win.

Daryl Nutton, Syd Miller, Steve Miller and Peter Hagerty took to the track for the B Main. The races were spread out a bit more than usual for a higher end Main event, resulting in comfortable wins in the first 3 races for Syd, Daryl and Steve respectively. It all changed in race 4. Peter led the way with Daryl in hot pursuit, taking the lead off Peter on lap 8. The pair stayed neck and neck to the end; Daryl taking the top spot by 0.218 secs from Peter. It was close, hard but fair racing from both drivers. A brilliant showing by both!

For the A Main, Daryl Nutton, Chris Kendall, Matt Boland and Nick Cochrane lined up for the final races of the evening. Chris was first out of the blocks with a win in race 1, just edging out Daryl by 0.2 secs. Matt and Nick traded blows and places lap after lap in race 2. A mistake by Nick on lap 10 gifted Matt the win. Nick got his revenge in race 3 taking a win over Chris by 0.427 secs. Nick also won race 4; a race that saw the gap from first to last covered by a second or less. Doesn’t get much closer than that! Nick took the round win, with Chris finishing second and Matt taking out third spot.

Next round is October 7th. Sideways Group 5 are having their enduro round alongside the NSR GT class. Please remember to arrive a little earlier so we can get the enduro running on time.

See you all there!

Cheers,

Simon

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WASCRG RACE MEETING HELD ON SATURDAY 2-9-17

Hi all,

10 racers turned up for the meeting this round. This time out was the V8 Supercars in their enduro round alongside the NSR GT’s having their first event for the season.

The V8’s enduro was run first. With only 10 racers present, the races progressed in rapid order. The track was run in the clockwise direction first and everyone agreed the surface was slippery and treacherous. It was good to see Claire Davie and Mark Miller continually improving each race and edging ever closer to laps in the 6.9 sec bracket. Nick Cochrane, Peter Hagerty and Matt Boland were fast as expected and dominated the top spots. Mickey McGrath put in a stellar drive; although not the fastest, he had a rhythm and banked a good number of laps every race. Syd Miller and Simon Davie had quick cars, but a few crashes between them kept them outside podium contention.

Then it was time to run the track the anti-clockwise (normal) direction. Far more grip was available and everyone went faster. Mark Miller broke into the 6.9 sec bracket whilst Claire Davie dipped into the 6.8 sec bracket. Mickey McGrath put in another solid performance, keeping it on the track and chalking up the lap numbers. The top 3 were predictably quick however it was Peter Hagerty that topped the charts after the racing finished. There was far fewer crashes in this round of racing so average lap pace accounted for everything. In the end, Nick Cochrane just scraped home for the win from Peter Hagerty. Matt Boland rounded out the top 3.

NSR GT was the second class for the evening. After the V8’s, it took some a little time to acclimatise to the faster speeds. As to be expected, there were a few crashes and incidents in the heats whilst everyone found the measure of their cars. Due to the limited number of competitors, there was only 3 Mains events.

The C Main was contested by Syd Miller, Claire Davie, Steven Miller and Shane Morgan. Syd took 4 wins from 4 starts as expected. Behind him, Claire Davie and Steven Miller duked it out for second place. Steven was consistently faster but a few crashes with a twitchy car allowed Claire to slice through to take 3 second place finishes. Shane Morgan improved across the four races; some more track time will yield him good time gains. Syd Miller took the step up.

The B Main was a much faster event, comprising of Syd Miller, John Cameron, Simon Davie and Mickey McGrath. Laps times from most of this class weren’t far off the front runners times. Mickey, Syd and Simon took a win apiece making it a 3 way fight for the step up going into the last race. Mickey snuck home ahead of Syd by 0.707 secs whilst John and Simon fought it out for 3rd place. Mickey took the step up.

The A Main was contested by Matt Boland, Nick Cochrane, Peter Hagerty and Mickey McGrath. Nick took an early lead with wins in the first 2 races but Matt Boland clawed one back in the 3rd race. In the end it wasn’t enough, as Nick took the final win and the round win. Matt Boland finished 2nd and Mickey McGrath flew in under the radar to snatch 3rd place from Peter Hagerty.

As some of you may have noticed, the points don’t quite add up to the Mains results. Thats right, we’ve had our first reverse points round for this season! This means NSR GT’s will not have another reverse points round this season. It’ll be interesting to see if this will shake up the final season standings and see some different names come to the fore.

Also, we are having a longer than usual break from racing. The next event is in 3 weeks time on the 23rd of September comprising of the Sideways Group 5 cars and the Historic Nascars.

See you there!

Cheers,

Simon

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WASCRG RACE MEETING HELD ON SATURDAY 19-8-17

 

Hi all,

We had 14 racers front up for this event and it was a lively evening all round. Good racing with some quick times; the track surface clearly still has some life left in it yet. I understand that the track will be resurfaced around Christmas time ready for next season.

It was great to see Matt Boland back on deck again after his injuries. As you can see from the results, it hasn’t affected his ability to run at the front of the pack.

A word on restarts: as per our club rules (rule 4.7), only a de-slotted driver or race controller (the person running the computer) can call a restart. Marshalls are not allowed to call a restart. This caused multiple incidents during the event where a marshall called a restart after an incident and some drivers slowed down to tour back to the start line for a restart whilst the race continued under green conditions. This costs drivers time, and possibly a better finishing place. It is appreciated that the marshalls are just trying to help and do their best, but lets keep it by the book and then everyone gets a fair go.

V8 Supercars were first up. In the heats, there wasn’t too many crashes despite all the side by side racing. Some drivers are still chasing a workable setup but hopefully some help from the more experienced club members will sort that out, as has been the case in the past.

The E Main was a dead heat between John Cameron and Shane Morgan. John dominated all the races, finishing a lap ahead most times. Shane unfortunately struggled with car setup issues and an intermittent controller. John convincingly claimed the step up.

In the D Main, Tony Mallison was the man to beat; he steadily lowered his times across the races to the 6.7 sec bracket and made it 4 wins from 4 starts. John Cameron put in a stirling effort to claim 4 second place finishes despite the odd crash here and there. A bit more track experience will hopefully see John move up the order; the potential is there. Claire Davie and Ron Layton made it race between themselves. They traded paint, they bumped, barged and pushed each other all the way. Thoroughly entertaining racing. Just goes to show that the best racing isn’t always at the front. It was Ron who managed to snatch third place from Claire with 42 points to 38 respectively. Tony Mallison took the step up to the C Main.

A surprise entry in the C Main was Chris Kendall, who we’re all used to seeing much further up the order. An underperforming and ill handling car was cited as the cause of his woes. Alongside him was Mark Miller, Micky McGrath and Tony Mallison. Despite the car troubles, Chris managed wins in the first 3 races by avoiding the incidents happening behind him and keeping it in the groove. Micky McGrath fought back in race 4 and led the way to the chequered flag by 0.687 secs. Tony Mallison raced well (even claiming the fastest lap in race 3), but was let down by a few crashes and spins. Mark Miller outdrove himself which resulted in a quite a few offs and kept him down the order, despite being on pace. Chris Kendall took the step up.

The B Main saw Matt Boland just straight back to the front of the pack. His Gulf liveried Falcon was handling superbly, taking wins in the first 2 races. Simon Davie and Chris Kendall tussled over the minor placings whilst Peter Worth took a while to find a rythm. Simon managed to scrape home for a win in race 3, beating Matt Boland by a mere 0.041 secs. Peter Worth found his stride in race 4 to take the final win even with Matt trying to chase him down (and putting in a 6.5 sec lap in the process). Even with the final race setbacks, Matt claimed the step up.

The A Main was a hotly contested event with close racing and fast lap times from all competitors. Nick Cochrane made it 4 wins from 4 starts. Peter Hagerty and Matt Boland fought valiantly to chase him down. Syd Miller seemed to struggle with a fast but flighty car that would unload itself without warning. Nick and Peter raised a few eyebrows when both drivers dipped into the 6.4 sec bracket in multiple races. Well done to both! In the end, Nick took the round win, Peter Hagerty claimed second and Matt Boland held onto third.

The half time break allowed everyone to have a good look at another track build in progress. Everyone agreed that the oval track is looking great and are looking forward to racing on it. We hope to organise a standalone event once its done. A huge thanks to Syd Miller for putting a lot of time and his expertise into making it all happen.

Next up was the Sideways Group 5 class. Adjusting to the faster speeds saw a few drivers making unforced errors and crashing during the heats. However, the marshalling was good and these had minimal effect on the placings for the Mains. One particular driver decided he didn’t even need to run one of his heats he was so confident (not mentioning names Syd…..).

In the E Main, Shane Morgan lined up against Claire Davie. Claire managed a clean sweep with wins in all 4 races. Shane did manage to lead the way in race 3 for several laps ensuring Claire didn’t get it all her own way. Both drivers managed to make good progress with their speed and control, and both drivers had their fastest lap times tumble down as a result. Claire managed to break into the 6.8 sec bracket, and Shane managed to break in the 7.3 sec bracket; a good effort from both. Claire took the step up.

The D Main was a hard fought set of races between Ron Layton, Mark Miller, John Cameron and Claire Davie. Multiple lead changes and different winners in the first 3 races  set the scene for a fantastic final race. Ron Layton held onto a narrow margin (a mere 0.34 secs) to claim the win over Claire Davie. Claire had the fastest lap and it was that bonus point that pushed her ahead on points and into the C Main.

The C Main consisted of Simon Davie, Mickey McGrath, Claire Davie and Tony Mallison. Simon and Mickey went blow for blow across the 4 races whilst Tony and Claire fought it out for the minor placings. Simon took the win in the first 2 races and Mickey claimed one back with a win in the 3rd. An unfortunate crash for Mickey on lap 5 in the final race ensured Simon made it through for the step up. Tony picked up 4 third position placings.

It was Syd Miller, Nick Cochrane, Simon Davie and Peter Worth who lined up for the B Main. An uncharacteristic crash from Nick in race 1 allowed Simon to slice through for a win, with Peter Worth not far behind. Nick wasn’t beaten again from that point on, putting in a 6.3 sec lap to stamp his authority on the event. Syd Miller led a valiant chase claiming 3 second place finishes. Simon and Peter rounded out the tail end of the group after tripping over each other several times whilst racing side by side. Nick Cochrane claimed the step up.

The A Main was predictably fast paced with a couple of crashes mixing up the results somewhat. Nick Cochrane, Matt Boland and Chris Kendall managed a win each in the first 3 races. Peter Hagerty was in the mix as well, having a good exchange with Chris Kendall in race 2 with numerous passes. Chris Kendall held it together in the final race, taking the win with a nail biting 0.083 sec margin. It was Matt Boland though who claimed the round win from Nick Cochrane, Chris Kendall completing the top 3.

Next round is 2nd of September with the NSR GT cars making their first outing for the season and the MJK V8 Supercars having their enduro round. Please remember to arrive a little earlier so we can get the enduro race under way in a timely fashion.

Catch you all next round!

Cheers,

Simon Davie

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WASCRG RACE MEETING HELD ON SATURDAY 5-8-17

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WASCRG RACE MEETING HELD ON SATURDAY 22-7-17

Hi all, sorry for the delay in getting this race report out.

First up, I’d like to welcome Shane to the club. Hope you had an enjoyable night and we’d like to see you back next round for some racing! We had two other guests, Les and Brad Davie, who came to just have a look but will hopefully be racing with us soon also.

It was a pretty sparse turnout of competitors for this round with only 9 racers duking it out for the points. Nevertheless, the racing was good as was the marshalling. Having some of the faster racers missing in action coupled with the reverse points rule not being activated this round means things could shuffle around in the middle order at the end of the season.

First out of the blocks for this season was the Historic Nascars. The wide spread of driver abilities meant some heats were quite straightforward whilst others were very close, going down to the last lap. The Mains competitor list was a familiar order despite the low numbers.

Claire Davie, Mark Miller and Johnny Meston lined up for the C Main. Mark Miller took the first race win from Claire; Johnny finished down a lap after a couple of crashes. Race 2 was polar opposite. Mark outdrove himself on the opening laps resulting in several crashes leaving Johnny to cruise home half a lap ahead of Claire. Race 3 saw Mark lead all the way whilst Claire and Johnny tussled it out for the minor placings. Claire kept ahead until lap 8 when she crashed allowing Johnny to move up into second place. Lap 9 saw Johnny relegated back to 3rd after crashing himself with Claire beating him to the line by 3 seconds. Race 4 saw Mark drive off into the distance whilst Claire and Johnny struggled with a few crashes each. Claire, forever the bridesmaid this round, beat Johnny home by just over a second. Mark Miller took the step up to the B Main.

In the B Main, Darryl Nutton outclassed the other drivers, being consistently faster across all the races. In race 1 Tony Mallison and Simon Davie struggled with some early crashes. Simon managed to reel in Mark Miller by the end of the race and a mistake by Mark allowed Simon to sneak in for second place. Darryl took the win. Race 2 saw Tony and Mark finish a lap down on Simon and Darryl; again, due to crashes. These cars are tough to drive well consistently. Darryl again took the win while Simon tried everything to find a bit more pace but failing to do so. Race 3 saw Darryl down the order for the first time with a crash on lap 1. A series of leader swaps ended with Tony Mallison in front and Darryl Nutton in hot pursuit. Darryl threw everything at the last lap and cruelly snatched victory from Tony by a mere 0.373 secs. Race 4 was a quieter affair; Darryl again heading off the other drivers to take the win and the step up. Simon took second place.

Pete Hagerty was the dominant driver in the A Main. The field was not as close as usual resulting in quite spread out racing. Keeping the car in the slot and maximizing on the other drivers crashes was essential to finishing well. Pete and Darryl fought for the win in Race 1 while Chris Kendall seemed to struggle to find the pace in his car. Pete Hagerty brought home the win 2.46 secs ahead of Darryl. In Race 2 Pete and Darryl again went toe to toe. Several 6.9 sec laps from Pete was enough to narrowly avoid having his colours lowered for the first time, finishing just 0.265 sec ahead of Darryl. Chris finished 3rd whilst Syd struggled home a lap down in 4th. Race 3 saw Darryl finally succeed in taking a race win. Pete Hagerty had a crash on lap 1 and had to work hard to pick his way back through the field, finishing a respectable 2nd. Syd Miller cruised in behind him for 3rd. Race 4 was a close run event in the opening laps with multiple passes and lead changes. Pete led the way but this time it was Syd Miller who was hot on his heels. Pete banked lap after lap in the 6.9 sec bracket to eke out a win by 0.726 sec. Darryl Nutton comfortably held off Chris Kendall for 3rd.

In the end, it was Pete Hagerty who took the round win from Darryl Nutton. Syd Miller held onto 3rd and Chris Kendall finished in 4th.

Event number 2 for this season was V8 Supercars. Compared to the Historic Nascars, the racing was closer with all drivers performing well. There were minimal offs and the door to door racing was hard but fair with numerous competitors swapping paint lap after lap. After the heats, the Mains list was almost an exact copy of the Historic Nascars earlier in the night.

Claire Davie, Mark Miller and Johnny Meston lined up again for the C Main. In Race 1 Claire showed the boys how its done, taking a win by keeping it on the track whilst Johnny and Mark hampered themselves with a couple of crashes each. Race 2 was led flag to flag by Mark. Claire and Johnny had a great battle for second; Johnny had the speed but kept throwing his car at the scenery every second lap whilst Claire just banked consistent laps and eventually took second place by nearly half a lap. Race 3 was a roller coaster ride. Passes, crashes, cars trading paint….this race had it all! Johnny Meston managed to pull a gap on the last few laps and took the win from Claire, Mark finished a valiant 3rd. Race 4 was all about Claire, again proving consistency counts and finishing a lap ahead of both of the guys. Mark Miller took second from Johnny and ensuring his place in the B Main.

For the B Main, lap times were close and the racing fierce. Tony Mallison fired the first shot with a win in Race 1, beating Simon Davie by 0.679 sec. Darryl Nutton regained his composure in Race 2 and led the race all the way to the end. He nearly threw it away with a crash on lap 8 but Tony Mallison couldn’t quite convert Darryl’s mistake into a win. Tony finished 0.82 sec behind for second place. Race 3 saw Simon Davie desperately trying to chase down Darryl Nutton for 1st whilst Tony Mallison and Mark Miller traded blows for 3rd. Darryl held on for the win, Simon finished 2nd. Tony relegated Mark to 4th place on the last lap. Race 4 had Darryl cruising home for the win; the other competitors fighting over the minor placings. Simon finished 2nd and Mark took an easy 3rd place from Tony who finished a lap down. Darryl took the step up into the A Main.

The A Main was tough with any mistakes being punished by the other drivers. Chris Kendall looked set to take the win in Race 1 only to have it taken from under his nose by Pete Hagerty by 0.08 secs. Pete backed it up with a win in Race 2, Chris Kendall again pushed back to 2nd place. Darryl suffered a mechanical failure which left Syd Miller to scoop up 3rd. Race 3 saw Pete leading the charge again, Darryl and Chris never far behind. Pete took the win and Darryl edged out Chris for 2nd place. Race 4 and once again Pete was in control and leading the way. However, this time it was Syd Miller harassing him for the premier placing. Pete held his nerve to make it 4 from 4. Syd Miller took 2nd and Chris Kendall 3rd.

Pete Hagerty took the round win to make it a clean sweep for the nights events. Well done Pete! Chris Kendall finished 2nd and Syd Miller took another 3rd place.

Next round is August 5th. Historic Nascars make their second outing for the season and will be joined by the Sideways Group 5 class. Hope to see a few more of you there next round!

Cheers,

Simon

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