The newly formed Australian Motor Race Series hosted the first round of the Shannons Australian Production Car Championship last weekend Feb 26/27 at NSW's Wakefield Park. The Championship which is now under a new Category Manager, being the PCAA...
The newly formed Australian Motor Race Series hosted the first round of the Shannons Australian Production Car Championship last weekend Feb 26/27 at NSW's Wakefield Park. The Championship which is now under a new Category Manager, being the PCAA which has been formed by the current group of competitor's, had it's first successful hit-out and everyone has given it the "thumbs up".
Fifteen cars on the new Yokohama control tyre, in three separate classes, hit the track on the Saturday morning starting off a whole new era in what is one of the longest running National Championships in Australia today. The new program which sees a practice session in the morning, one qualifying session after lunch then straight into the Saturday afternoon scratch race being for Class points only. >From the Saturday's race, the handicaps times are worked out for the first of the two reversed grid races on Sunday, which has proven to be a real favourite with crowds over the past few years.
Holden Commodore driver Derek Hocking showed a clean pair of heels to the rest of the pack in the Saturday afternoon race. Drew Russell in his Honda S2000 followed Hocking home then came stand in drive Michael Craig in David Ryan's Falcon XR6 Turbo crossing then line in third place.
Sunday morning's reversed handicap start race saw all three Proton Satria Gti's each have a turn at leading the 17 lap race before the faster class A & B cars started chased them down. Once again it was Derek Hocking who won the race with Shane Baker holding on for second in the Proton Satria splitting the Class A cars of Hocking and Michael Craig in the XR6 Turbo.
The last race looked like it was going to be a clean sweep for Derek Hocking but young Drew Russell had other plans and after a gutsy drive through the pack, Drew took the lead and was never headed and brought the car home in first place. Second went to Hocking followed by a fast finishing Craig then came the Toyota Celica's of Colin Osborne and Trevor Keene.
All the action can be seen on the SBS "Speedweek" program every Sunday afternoon between 12 and 2pm or better still is at the next round of the Shannons APCC which will be held in South Australian at the Mallala Raceway on the 16/17th of April. For all the latest news and up to-date point's score just log on to www.pcaa.com.au