FORMULA VEE 1600 – DANIEL REYNOLDS CLEAN SWEEPS 2011!
FORMULA VEE 1200 – BERNIE MAKES US PROUD!
Formula Vee capped of one of the most arduous and emotional years in our 46 years of history in NSW at Wakefield Park for the last round of our 2011 Championship in late November, with patchy and heavy rain, and sunshine and wind, all making themselves unfriendly but familiar visitors at the NSW Southern Highlands circuit.
By the end of the weekend, Daniel Reynolds and Bernie Cannon had been crowned as our 1600 and 1200 State Champions, but not without the predictably unpredictable dramas that always make every year of Formula Vee racing in NSW one the most competitive and exciting racing competitions anywhere in the world.
In capping off a year of what must certainly be the most perfect display of competition preparation and racing seen in NSW Formula Vee, Daniel Reynolds again clean-sweeped Round 5 at Wakefield Park, finishing the year with a perfect winning record, a feat never previously achieved. In addition, the Wakefield Park round win gave Daniel his third consecutive series crown, again this being a neverpreviously achieved feat.
However, Daniel’s third Championship crown was not earned without some stiff competition and overcoming hurdles throughout the weekend, when a minor scrutineering infraction after qualifying relegating him to the rear of grid for Race 1 on Saturday afternoon. From the beginning of Race 1, Daniel’s commitment was openly apparent, with a storming drive from rear of grid throughout the wet 20 lap race to cross the line ahead of his seventeen other competitors.
Bernie Cannon, meanwhile, raced on the edge of a Championship win throughout 2011, with his main competitor, Michael Gale pushing Bernie through countless wet races, and only a handful of dry races, throughout 2011. The final round at Wakefield Park brought unwanted drama to Bernie?s campaign when master cylinder problems relegated Bernie to a DNF in Race 1, allowing Michael Gale to gain enough points to keep a Championship win in his grasp with only the final two races to go the following day, although this would rely on further dramas to strike Bernie.
Fortunately, Bernie’s master cylinder kept itself together for both remaining races, with Bernie?s two second places behind Michael Gale?s two race wins being enough to keep Bernie ahead of Michael by a mere 9 points at the end of the pointscore. The competition throughout the weekend was the typically demanding and high pressure ass seen at every race meeting in 2011, with combinations of wet and dry thrown unexpectedly at the competitors almost lap by lap.
By the end of the weekend, Michael Kinsella?s uncompromising on-the-limit but entertaining high risk racing approach backfired when Dylan Thomas squeaked past him in the pointscore during the final race of the year to take out second place in the State Championship, underscoring Dylan?s continuing efforts.
Wakefield Park capped off a year full of highlights which, apart from Daniel Reynolds dominance of the 1600 class, saw incredibly close qualifying times seen throughout 2011, improving performances from Rookies Lachlan Higgins and Rodney French culminating in storming drives in the demanding final race of the year at Wakefield Park, the rising of a new star in Ben Oldfield who raced with the Formula Vee greats at the front of the field, the consistency and commitment from many hard working competitors such as Brendan Woods and Morgan Freemantle (to name but a few), and the great spirit clearly evident in our Association following the difficulties we endured.
All this simply proved that Formula Vee in NSW is still one of the most competitive and rewarding racing competitions anywhere in the world. The greatest highlight of the weekend, however, was the debut of Alan Harrison, in his new Stinger.
Unfortunately, Alan experienced a major engine problem in Friday practice, and did not complete the on-circuit activities, although Alan stayed on throughout the weekend to support his Team Stinger mates.
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