2002 New South Wales Formula 2 Championship
Round 5 - Oran Park, 13-14th July, 2002.
A cool but dry Oran Park in Sydney's west greeted competitors for the fifth round of the News South Wales Formula 2 championship. A bumper field assembled, as it was the Nationals for the Supersport 1300 cars who share races with the Formula 2's. Many interstate competitors made there way to Sydney for the one off event.
Qualifying on Saturday morning saw Craig Smith and Kevin Lewis go head to head. Smith getting down to a 1m10.6103 with Lewis just .49 behind. Three Reynards were next, Ted Dunford, Neil Caswell and Craig Dawson. Next was John Muddle in his Ralt then Brendon Cook in the mark 7 Cheetah. Bob Ridley followed in Terry Robertson's Cheetah, then Came Don Hewitt in the Dallara, Tom Brickley's Kaditcha and Terry Robertson's Sirch.
Race one over 5 laps, saw a 1,2,3 for Reynard. Ted Dunford ahead of Neil Caswell and Craig Dawson. Craig Smith was given a 1-minute penalty and dropped to fifth behind John Muddle. Bob Ridley was next followed by Brendon Cook with gearbox trouble. Kevin Lewis failed to finish. Brickley, Robertson and Hewitt didn't make the start line. Smith posted a fastest lap of 1m10.5967 (134 kph).
Race two on Sunday morning was cold and getting heat into the tyres proved to be difficult. Craig Smith proved to be the class of the field over the 8- lap distance posting another win in his campaign. Kevin Lewis was second, ahead of Dunford, Caswell and Dawson. Brickley and Ridley were the final two to finish. Muddle and Robertson failed to. Brendon Cook withdrew from the meeting with gearbox gremlins and Hewitt failed to take the start. Smith got down to a 1m11.1438 (133 kph), a full 3.7 seconds faster of the next driver.
The final race of the weekend over 8 laps saw Smith not troubled again. Lewis drove hard to second, ahead of Caswell and Muddle. Next was Brickley ahead of a rampart Dunford after his 1-minute penalty. The rest of the field failed to start. Smith again the fastest at 1m10.1358 (134 kph).
Wakefield Park near Goulburn is next on the calendar then a long break to Oran Park again in summer. I'm sure competitors are eagerly waiting the time to fine-tune their cars. See you at Wakefield in August.