Butcher returns to the 1200 winners circle Ben Porter knocks Reynolds off the 1600 pedestal The first round of the NSW CAMS Formula Vee 2012 Motor Racing Championships at Eastern Creek on the 31st March/1st April saw the largest field of 34 Vees in NSW in two years thanks to it being combined with the first round of the Clemenger International Freight Australian Formula Vee Series.
The eleven enthusiastic interstate Formula Vee drivers came to race with the highest quality Formula Vee racing championship in the world, and departed with their pride intact, but only one trophy in their cabinet! By the end of the weekend, and after some excellent racing and unbelievably close finishes, Ben Porter took the points lead in the 2012 NSW Formula Vee State Championship and also the Clemenger International Freight Australian Formula Vee Series, and Daniel Reynolds experienced his first loss of a State Championship race in two years!
Ben Porter not only took the outright lead of NSW Formula Vee State Championship, but also the outright lead of the Clemenger International Freight Formula Vee Australian Series, and along the way inflicted Daniel Reynolds and Sabre’s first race loss in the NSW State Championship in two years.
Daniel however locked in second place in the championship points by the end of the weekend, with our international star, Mat Stubbs, taking the third step on the podium. Stephen Butcher showed his enduring class by re-joining the 1200 class and clean-sweeping the weekend ahead of Bernie Cannon and Michael Gale.
All the interstate stars put in strong performances, while the locals contributed to some incredible NASCAR-style nose-to-tail “pack” racing, but with a few right hand corners. Commiserations to Rodney French after bumping his Jabiru early in the weekend, to Garry Hook who had more reliability problems (think of a problem and Garry had it), and to Dylan Thomas who suffered gearbox problems which knocked him out of the weekend after Race 1.
Highlights were the spectacular grid of 34 Vees including six 1200 cars, every driver’s great attitude which resulted in no safety cars, the class of the interstaters, Stephen Gamarra’s great rookie performance, rookie 1200 drivers Geoff Bassingthwaite’s and Bruce Perry’s obvious abilities in their first open race, and to Garry Hook’s never-give-up determination despite his reliability problems. The full pointscore can be found at the Formula Vee web site.
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