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Archive for August 30th, 2011
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The cold and unpredictable Wakefield Park Raceway, Goulburn delivered plenty of thrills and spills for round three of the NSW Formula Ford Championship over the weekend of the 20th and 21st of August.

The NSW Formula Ford 1600 Championship proceedings proved a rollercoaster ride of ups and downs for many of the championship drivers with the wet conditions leaving little grip and little room for error.

Championship leader Steve Charman of Anglo Australian Motorsport experienced the wrath of the Clerk of the Course in race one, after passing before the control line on the restart from a safety car period Charman received a post race sixty second penalty pushing him from first position back to ninth.

Starting race two from ninth position on the grid Charman displayed the speed and car control that has had him leading the championship from round one, tearing his way through the field to cross the line in first position. Race three played out in similar fashion after a heated battle with Ryan Campbell early in the race, Charman managed to pull away and bag another thirty points towards his title fight.

Closing the gap between him and championship leader Charman was current second place sitter Ryan Campbell, taking advantage of Charman’s race one indiscretion Campbell walked away with top points and with a second in both race two and three Campbell finished the weekend with eighty-two points, six points more than Charman.

Although a weekend to remember for Campbell real canada goose authorized dealers toronto was not without some drama, a heated multiple lap battle between Campbell, Robert Coulthard and Fiesta competitor Jaymee Frampton came to a head on lap eight when Frampton made a dive down the inside of Campbell and Coulthard going through turn eight a move that left Frampton shooting down the infield and Campbell out wide to avoid any contact but all resumed with all taking the chequered flag with a little more mud on their cars then at the race start.

Darryl Hall enjoyed an uneventful weekend with a fourth and fifth in race one and two, up until the final lap of race three when his Van Diemen decided real canada goose authorized dealers toronto had raced hard enough coming onto the straight, but as his fellow competitors and teams cheered him on Hall just managed to limp his broken machine over the line stopping just after the start finish line. Although an unfortunate end to the weekend the silver lining for Hall is he has moved up in the points to third in the championship standings.

Currently fourth in the championship standings and leading the rookie points, sixteen year old James Spicer had a weekend he’d rather forget. After rolling out of the Anglo Australian Motorsport garage in a newer machine, piloting a Wlii 2009 Spicer was out to impress and he did just that, qualifying on pole position out qualifying not only the Kent engine cars but the faster Fiesta engine cars.

Spicer’s dream run was short lived however with a series of unfortunate incidents marring his championship fight. After setting the fastest lap of both Kent and Fiesta for the race on lap four, Spicer had an off at turn one on lap eleven causing a safety car and resulting in a DNF for the first race. The second race was over before real canada goose authorized dealers toronto began a coming together with Derryn Harrison lap one left Spicer with front left damage ending his race. Race three was a better outing for the young rookie starting rear of grid and pushing through the field to cross the line in third.

Icon Motorsports Derryn Harrison was another competitor to suffer a weekend of ups and downs, qualifying in seventh in the wet qualifying session Saturday morning; race one Saturday afternoon left more to be desired with a lap twelve incident pushing Harrion down to the back of the pack, coming into pit lane on lap thirteen and returning to the track to take the chequered flag three laps down.

Race two was another race to forget for the long time Formula Ford competitor, hitting the gas to hard on the exit of turn two on lap one Harrison came together with Spicer, bending the front right of his Spectrum 9 forcing him to limp back to pit lane and retire from the race. Race three was more successful allowing Harrison to gain back some territory and claim extra points, crossing the line in sixth position.

Jason Liddell qualified his Sc93 Swift 1993 in eighth position, a spin on lap eight forced Liddell into pit lane to clean the gravel out of his car, heading back onto the track suffering an off at turn two on lap thirteen resulted in a DNF for Liddell. Starting from the rear of the grid for race two Liddell made up plenty of positions finishing in fifth however ongoing clutch issues saw Liddell fail to make it to marshalling for race three.

Robert Coulthard had an impressive first race crossing the line in third position but a post race penalty for first position pushed Coulthard up to second on the race results. Race two was not such a happy result, racing a hard race and looking certain for a second position a gear linkage issue left the number fifty-five Specturm 7 with no gears forcing him to retire on lap ten. Race three saw Coulthard battle from the back of the pack through to a top ten finish crossing the line in seventh position.

Newcomer Andrew Gilliespie impressed setting the fastest lap time for the Kent engine cars in both race two and race three. Qualifying his Van Diemen 1992 in fourth, finishing race one and race two in third position and race three in fourth position. With impressive results in his first round Gilliespie will be one to watch heading into round four.

Emma Brown experienced a slippery weekend with spins in qualifying and race three. Race one was a wet but clean race for Brown crossing the line sixth position. Race two saw Brown with a DNF due to a vibration in the rear of her Ko8 2008. After making some set up changes Brown was back out for race three but a spin on lap one at turn forced her to play catch up for the remainder of the race taking the chequered flag in tenth position.

Rounding out the field was championship newcomers Lawrence Katsidis and Gene Stacey. After a weekend to forget at his first outing to Wakefield Park at round one, Katsidis enjoyed a weekend of better fortune this round. Race one saw Katsidis pass the finish line in eighth position, race two was a slipperier outing with a spin at turn eight on lap five, resuming to continue on another spin at the same spot on lap ten pushed Katsidis further down the results finishing in seventh position one lap down. Race three was without incident finishing the trophy race in eighth.

Anglo Australian Motorsport’s Gene Stacey was back for round three after missing round two. Stacey enjoyed a drama free weekend with a tenth, eighth and eleventh in race one, two and three.

In the NSW Formula Ford Fiesta Championship current championship leader David Whitmore took out a clean sweep of all three races. Pulling away from the rest of the field Whitmore could not be caught, with his performances this season Whitmore is sure to take out the championship title.

Young rookie Jaymee Frampton enjoyed some close battles throughout the weekend. Race one was without incident crossing the line in second, race two had Frampton locked in a close battle with Campbell and Coulthard, a dive down the inside of Campbell and Coulthard going through turn eight left Frampton shooting down the infield, after a quick detour the Listec Racing driver resumed crossing the line in sixth overall and second for Fiesta. Starting race three in her finishing position of sixth Frampton pushed her way through the pack finishing the trophy race in second position.

Grahame Burton and Doug Matley fought it out in the historic class. Burton piloted his tidy Hawke Dl11, although a historic Burton was up the front with the newer cars taking out race one in fourth position, a spin at turn nine on lap two in race two saw Burton drop some positions but was able to fight his way back to sixth, race three had Burton fall further back in the field finishing up in ninth position. Single entrant competitor Doug Matley was out to battle with Burton in race one finishing in ninth position however mechanical dramas saw Matley retire his Reynard 89F from the rest of the weekend.

A race weekend full of thrills and spills proved disappointment for some and excitement for others in what was an entertaining third round of the NSW Formula Ford Championship.

The fourth round of the NSW Formula Ford Championship will see the category at Sydney’s Eastern Creek Raceway on October 22nd and 23rd.

1st Steve Charman

2nd Ryan Campbell

3rd Darryl Hall

1st David Whitmore

2nd Jaymee Frampton

When the field takes to the grid for the final round of the 2011 Super TT championship at the Wakefield Park MRA meeting on October 30, many of the competitors would not be aware one of them is a true racing legend.
Sydney driver Warren Weldon will be driving his Mitsubishi Evo at the Wakefield Park one day meeting, and while he was racing before most of his Super TT opposition drivers were even born, he is still super competitive.

This will be his first outing in Super TT this year, but in 2010 when running the Evo under the Team PENSIONER banner, he had a great season.

The last time he raced at an MRA meeting was at Wakefield Park in the corresponding round last year on October 31, when he blitzed a top quality field in Super TT to qualify 4th and then go on to win each of the three events including the Trophy Race.

The biggest problem he had after that meeting was whether or not he would continue racing, because he had promised his wife he would retire when he turned 70, but that has since happened and he has entered once again.

Weldon started racing in the sixties, in fact he competed at the first ever Oran Park meeting in 1962 behind the wheel of a side valve Morris Minor in a race he duly won.

That was a race meeting that saw him return to the wheel and compete with MRA, for he was having fun in supersprints with the Evo after decades away from the track when he heard of the final meeting at Oran Park.

Having won at the first Oran Park meeting, round he decided he wanted to compete at the final meeting, so he prepared the Evo to run at the MRA Last of Oran Park meeting on 12 December 2009, and yes he was successful, finishing second in the first of the Combined Sedans races, then winning the final two.

It is history now that another meeting was put on in mid January, but if nothing else, the confusion at the time as to what race meeting was to be the last is immaterial, for it did get the quiet achiever back on the grid.

When talking about the man, some motor racing enthusiasts remember his antics in the old humpy Holden, #119 the same number he uses today on the Evo, or the humpy’s replacement an EH Holden, perhaps the great driving of a Studebaker Lark in the early days of the great Race at Bathurst or even just his door leaning driving style.

The old Humpy was easily identified by its racing stripes, for instead of going right over the car from front to rear, Weldon had two white stripes go over the blue paint work from side to side.

Weldon was always a front runner in the old Holden, and will be remembered forever for those that were lucky enough to throw it around the old Catalina Park circuit or Bathurst where he ran it at all Easter meetings between 1963 to 1968.

As for the Bathurst 1000, he only ever competed in a big heavy Studebaker Lark V8, with Bert Needham in 1963 and ’64, with Bill Slattery in ’65 and ’66 and John Hall in ’67 and 1968.

The first of the Bathurst Great Races the 1963 Armstrong 500 had different rules to what we are used to now, for there was no official outright winner, the winners coming in the respective classes, which were determined by the cost of the cars not cubic capacity, and there was no qualifying as such.

There was practice which did not count for grid positions, instead they were firstly decided by classes with Class D at the front and Class A the rear. Then the cars position in each class decided on a ballot.

The Lark was in the 1,200 to 2,000 pound class, and in the first Bathurst race the 1963 Armstrong 500, Weldon had the honour of leading the field around Murrays Corner the first time.

Unfortunately it never led around the corner on the last lap, due mainly to its heavy fuel consumption, problems with tyres, brakes and wheels braking off, but in those early days it was the quickest.

However they did finish in each of those six starts, the best result being in 64 when Weldon and Needham won their class and finished 4th outright.

What was a complete shock to many was when Weldon gave the car racing away, he switched to motor cycle racing where he also came up with some big results, and then later was a traveling-marshall at motor cycle race meetings around the nation.

Nowadays those that attend Wakefield Park have the opportunity to watch the great man in action, perhaps not as flamboyant as the early days but the flare and on track aggression is still there.

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