BRUCE PERRY AND DYLAN THOMAS TAKE THE 1200 AND 1600 WINNERS TROPHIES
Round 5 Of the FVANSW Club Pointscore took place at Goulburn?s Wakefield Park in late July, with the FVANSW joining forces with the AASA for the first time in NSW to provide a ten minute qualifying session and six great value races. By the end of the weekend, Dylan Thomas was crowned 1600cc class winner in an ominous warning to his 1600cc competitors for the remaining events this year, while ACT?s Bruce Perry took out the Round win for the 1200cc class in his best result since joining the 1200cc ranks at the beginning of this year.
Qualifying took place in freezing but clear conditions, and by the end of qualifying, Darren Williams placed his newly re-engineered Jacer at the front of the strong 20 car club field with the only sub 1.09 lap time. Dylan Thomas was next in his CXC Stinger with the only lap time in the 1.09-1.10 second bracket. Dylan was followed by Garry Hook in his sky blue Bottlemart Jacer, with Garry finally showing his experience and ability after years of bad luck, as well as perhaps conservative driving. Our old mate, John McDonald, showing that his two year layoff had not slowed him, took the next grid spot in his Filesaver Mako 3. John was followed by Corinne Perry in her Supavee, with Leigh Porter and Rodney French confounding their own expectations by placing themselves high up the grid in their Jacer and Jabiru respectively.
Rodney was followed by Craig Conlon in his Gozcon Electrical Jacer, and the returning Kent Shepherd in his modified Stealth, with both cars completing the cars in the 1.10 second bracket. Kent was followed by former great Formula Vee driver, Simon Duffy from nearby ACT, Simon making a low-profile return to Vee racing after a three year break, and showing no signs of faded talent. Simon was then followed by Mathew Bode in a great Rookie performance driving a Team CXC Stinger, with the leading 1200 car driven by Bruce Perry next in twelfth place.
Michael Gale debuted his ex-Jayson Williamson Mako by taking the thirteenth grid spot, ahead of the remaining 1200cc cars of Bernie Cannon, Geoff Bassingthwaite, Stephen Cannon, and Peter McDonald, who was commencing only his second race meeting in his Kestrel, and his first at Wakefield Park. Dean Cavanagh and Steven Gamarra suffered technical problems in qualifying in their 1600 Jacers, and so were destined to start rear of grid for Race 1.
Unfortunately, the anticipation of six great races throughout the weekend was quickly overshadowed by a serious incident at the start of Race 1 when a missed gear change caused a lightning reflex which in turn resulted in Dean Cavanagh, who started from rear of grid, and his fast approaching Jacer then gut-wrenchingly barrel-rolling off the circuit, with Dean eventually resting upside down on the infield alongside the Start-Finish line. Dean suffered some bruising and an injured kneecap, as well as a grazed helmet, but is in great spirits, and is thankful for the extra height and integrity of his Jacer?s roll over bar.
Countless places were swapped throughout the six races over the weekend, including the race and class leads, and the race wins in what was one of the most action-packed race weekends in years. Leigh Porter exceeded his expectations for the weekend Corinne has joined the top group of drivers Dylan Thomas took out the first honours of the weekend by winning the outright Race 1 by less than 0.1 of a second ahead of a slipstreaming Darren Williams, and with Bruce Perry squeezing out Bernie Cannon in the 1200 cc class by barely two seconds. Other highlights of Race 1 were Corinne Perry?s great run from fifth on the grid, Simon Duffy?s great seventh place finish in an unfamiliar car, and Leigh Porter?s satisfying fifth place.
Darren Williams reasserted his authority in Race 2 with a four second winning margin ahead of Dylan and his CXC Stinger, with Garry Hook and Simon Duffy pushing Corinne down the ladder a couple of places, while Bruce Perry solidly took out the 1200cc class win ahead of Bernie Cannon Darren again stamped his dominance onto Race 3, although with a reduced margin, but this time ahead of Corinne in her best Formula Vee result, and with the on-form Bruce Perry again taking a solid win in the 1200cc class.
While Bruce repeated his 1200cc class winning form in all the remaining races of the weekend, Dylan Thomas and Darren Williams swapped the remaining three race wins, and with Corinne Perry, Garry Hook, John McDonald, Simon Duffy, and the intense Steven Gamarra, not far behind, most of the time.
Morgo had troubles in qualifying While Rodney wowed himself in qualifying Darren struck bad luck in Race 5 when he hit an oil slick splashed onto the track at the centre of the Fish-Hook after a fast-approaching Stephen Gamarra collided with Leigh Porter, Stephen
then flying through the air with his rocker cover flying even higher. Stephen?s Mobil One ruined Darren?s pointscore ambitions for the weekend by lubricating Darren?s Dunlops to a seventh place finish. However, in a typical motor racing paradox, Darren?s bad luck proved fortuitous for Kent Shepherd in what was probably the biggest highlight of the Sunday races, with Kent?s exciting third place in Race 5 behind Dylan and Corinne.
Garry Hook showed form, on the track and in the air Bernie drove hard behind Bruce Bad luck also struck Corinne Perry though in Race 6 when it looked like Formula Vee would have had its first lady race winner in around twenty years, with Corinne, no doubt preparing her victory speech in her head, leading the race with only the last corner to go.
Unfortunately, an incident at the final turn between Garry Hook and Corinne allowed Dylan, then Simon in another great highlight of the weekend, and Darren, through ahead of Garry, with the unfortunate Corinne next. The weekend was an interesting test of AASA?s race organising skills, as well as Formula Vee?s form with only a few weeks before the V8 Supercar race meeting. The weekend also showed what can happen with high-risk manouvres or momentary lapses of concentration. Conversely, a number of drivers showed their rise to form, and gave warning to their competitors for the remainder of the year at the circuit where the National Titles will be held in late October.
Formula Vee. Never boring.
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