Stalwart shows the way
Forsaking Saloon Cars and going back to HQs has been a rewarding move for one stalwart of the one-make category. Charlie D'Aquino has lifted the benchmark for his rivals after four straight wins in the Power Tour HQ Holden supports at Oran Park on the weekend.
D'Aquino was the class of the field, his long-time experience a telling factor as he showed the way to aspiring winners. Heading the offering was Roger Emmerton who qualified second fastest.
As in qualifying race one, it was D'Aquino first and Emmerton second while Bob Hepburn had the job to do to maintain third ahead of Richard Heur as Natalie Jones and Brett McFarland chased clear of Brett Smith and Rodney Gonzales.
After seeing off initial pressure after the start of race two from Emmerton, D'Aquino was too good. Emmerton then had to fend off Hepburn for the duration of the race while Heur had a tough time of it with McFarland, Jones, Doug Moss and team mates Gonzales and Mulligan in close company.
It was even easier for D'Aquino in the third outing as Emmerton was out with mechanical dramas after one lap, and when Hepburn was black flagged for allegedly jumping the start, Heur had a clear run to second place. Behind though McFarland was pressured all the way by Mulligan, likewise Jones who held out Moss.
Emmerton and Hepburn started the final race of the back of the grid and made great progress to be seventh and ninth respectively by the end. Meanwhile D'Aquino disappeared with another good win while Heur and Mulligan fought over second where Heur hung on. Jones and McFarland were the next, racing in close company while Smith was eighth.