CLEM FAMA STEALS THE TROPHY FROM MAT PEARCE!
A great field of 17 Formula Vees started Round 3 of the FVANSW Club Pointscore at Eastern Creek on May 15. Unfortunately, one car was lost before the cars filled the pre-grid when Colin Contessa’s Kingfisher blew a rear main oil seal. Sadly, Colin’s hopes for a much anticipated return to Formula Vee racing were washed away along with the oil in the garage floor.
Colin’s disappointment was more than made up by a thrilling qualifying session, highlighted by a brilliantly smooth and clever lap by Dean Cavanagh that thrusted him to the top of the grid sheet, followed by Darren Williams, Jayson Williamson, and Mat Pearce in a Jacer quadrella that locked up the two front rows. A Youtube of Dean?s brilliant lap can be seen at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pRsv5oLQmDU. (But Dean, why didn’t you show the following lap when you beautifully threw your Jacer into the gravel trap? – Ed).
Leigh Hemmings grabbed his first top five qualifying position in his short six-month Formula Vee career, followed by a disappointed Dylan Thomas, who is never happy in is red/white/blue Team Stinger if not at the front. Garry Hook was next in his “Bionic” Jacer after finally diagnosing his blatantly obvious carburetor problem, followed by an anonymous Clem Fama, then an unexpectedly distant Stephen Butcher in his red/white/blue Stinger, and then Mad Dog Morgan Freemantle in his venerable ASTEC.
The next few Vees, Leigh Porter, Anthony Cavanagh, and Nathan Brumby (in a Stinger that is NOT red/white/blue), with still fast lap times, that showed how fast so many Vees are these days, with Anthony making a welcome return in his Jacer, and with intentions of slowly bedding himself and his new tyres in (yeah, sure Anthony).
Nathan Sansom was next in his red/white/blue Stinger, also making a welcome return to Vee racing after a few months away, followed by Bernie Cannon in another red/white/blue Stinger in his debut 1600 drive, with the riookie Rodney French filling the final spot in the resurrected LSV Stinger (nee Kevant Mk1), now owned by Stephen Butcher and in, yes, you guessed it, red/white/blue colours! Unfortunately, Stephen Cannon, in his dad?s trusty Nimbus, DNQ’ed due to a technical hitch.
Race 1 was highlighted by brilliant drives through the field by Dylan Thomas and Clem Fama, with Dylan slicing though the Jacer sandwiches to take the win in is rocket-ship Stinger, followed by Clem Fama, who also clearly had his Jacer, and himself, wound up like a clock spring throughout the race.
The Jacer quadrella followed, with Jayson Williamson enduring the Thomas/Fama onslaught to retain his third place, followed by Dean Cavanagh, Mat Pearce, and Darren Williams. Leigh Hemmings was next in his Polar, then Morgan Freemantle, Leigh Porter, and then an unusually distant Stephen Butcher. Garry Hook continued his reliable run, then an improving Nathan Brumby with a good race time, followed by fellow Stinger driver Nathan Sansom, and then Rodney French in a safe and improving performance in the Kevant. Bernie Cannon completed his first 1600 race, with a supposedly careful Anthony Cavanagh next with obvious problems, and finally Stephen Cannon in a smooth run.
Race 2 was unfortunately cut short and declared a non-race after a spinning car in Turn 7 through the first lap resulted in Morgan Freemantle, a hapless Nathan Brumby who sometimes can?t seem to take a trick, and Bernie Cannon, enduring damage to their Vees. The front end damage to Bernie?s Stinger, to Morgan?s rear suspension, and to the engine cradle twisting to Nathan’s Stinger, would see them pack up before the final Formula Vee race and head for home. In the few laps that were completed, it was plain that Dylan Thomas’s Stinger, and himself, were “on fire”, and the premature end was a great disappointment to what would have been as sure a win as possible.
Race 2 was the Formula Vee race of the year in NSW so far, with everyone in Race Control on the edge of their seat for lap after lap as the leading pack of nine, then seven, then five Formula Vees duelled their way around Eastern Creek. Along the way, Dylan Thomas endures fouled spark plugs that caused an engine misfire throughout the race, tragically resulting in his pole position turning into a DNF. The leading pack of nine cars was split when Dean Cavanagh spun his Jacer in Turn 4 on Lap 5, causing Leigh Porter, Darren Williams, and Garry Hook to take avoiding action, and lose contact with the leading pack. From then on, Jayson Williamson, Clem Fama, Darren Williams, Stephen Butcher, Mat Pearce, were all racing for a win.
On the exit of Turn 12 for the last time, Mat Pearce led the snaking pack of four Vees behind him in his brilliant orange Jacer, but Clem Fama timed his tow past Mat to perfection to take a fabulous race win, and take the lead in the Division Two pointscore. Stephen Butcher took the final podium position, with Leigh Porter recovering for fourth place, followed by Dean Cavanagh, Darren Williams, Anthony Cavanagh, Leigh Hemmings, Nathan Sansom, Rodney French, Stephen Cannon, Dylan Thomas, and finally a DNF’ed Garry Hook.
Congratulations to all Formula Vee drivers for a great race weekend, and commiserations to Colin, Morgan, Nathan, and Bernie, for their damage.
Congratulations also to Rodney French who continues to improve in Formula Vee, despite driving unfamiliar cars.
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