ROUND 2 PHILLIP ISLAND MAY 28/29 2011
FVANSW DRIVERS TAKE STATE HONOURS!
FVANSW drivers stole the State honours at Round 2 of the Clemenger International Freight Formula Vee Australian Series at Phillip Island on the weekend of the 28/29 May, with Daniel Reynolds, Bruce Pearce, Dean Cavanagh, Leigh Hemmings, Leigh Porter, Dylan Thomas, Michael Kinsella, Tim Hamilton, Ben Porter, Daniel Reynolds, and Ryan Simpson, all performing excellently on the unfamiliar and difficult race circuit.
The leading drivers throughout the weekend were all in great company, with multiple Nationals winner, Daniel Reynolds maintaining his hard-earned position in the top category of Formula Vee drivers by taking out the round win in his Sabre, making up for his Bathurst disappointment, with fellow-twice Nationals winner, Ryan Simpson, driving a Sabre for the JRD/VW Performance Centre taking third place points.
Another multiple Nationals winner, Ben Porter, took fifth place points for the weekend in his amazing John Kelcic designed Checkmate (OK, Paul Corcoran helped a bit). All other FVANSW drivers also procured substantial weekend points, despite a range of problems on and off the track for most of them. Tim Hamilton and Michael Kinsella rescued potentially poor results after collisions on the circuit, including a wild spin by Michael Kinsella between Turns 1 and 2. Dean Cavanagh, riding high on his amazing Eastern Creek pole position, was always near the leaders throughout the weekend.
Unfortunately, Dylan Thomas’s weekend was the least productive of all the FVANSW drivers, mainly due to the diversion of his Australian Production Care Endurance event in his Evo on the Sunday. Leigh Porter also endured a few problems with one DNF, although Leigh Hemmings drove safely on the unfamiliar circuit to score substantial points.
Finally, multiple FVANSW 1200 State Champion, Bruce Pearce also scored good points on an unfamiliar circuit in his only his second drive of his 1600 Jacer. Ryan Simpson is now leading the Clemenger International Freight Formula Vee Australian Series just two points ahead of Daniel Reynolds, with Ben Porter, Tim Hamilton, Michael Kinsella, and Dylan Thomas also in the top ten. All the current pointscores for the 2011 Clemenger International Freight Formula Vee Australian Series can be seen on the FVAA web site.
Next Round is at Queensland Raceway on July 9/10. As many FVANSW members as possible should make every effort to be there. Although a simple layout, the Queensland Raceway is a great Formula Vee circuit because it allows potential for slipstreaming several times per lap at high speed. Thanks go to all those Formula Vee members from every state who have helped with the organisation of the Clemenger International Freight Formula Vee Australian Series, particularly Leigh and Liz Porter.
Pictures of the weekend can be seen at the Race Shots web site – http://www.raceshots.com.au/
Another brilliant Dean Cavanagh video can be seen at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RNrTnJoyfZw
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