Persistent precipitation in the Sydney area during the week prior to the third round of the AF2 Club and State Championship did not place a dampener on the level of enthusiasm of those members who persevered with the atrocious conditions on Friday...
Persistent precipitation in the Sydney area during the week prior to the third round of the AF2 Club and State Championship did not place a dampener on the level of enthusiasm of those members who persevered with the atrocious conditions on Friday and part of Saturday.
Getting set up in the open in such conditions, can prove interesting and the old adage about the activities of "a one arm paper hanger in a gale" can be appropriately applied to those attempting to rig their annexes on Thursday and Friday.
Scattered around the pits were a reduced number of Formula 2 cars with variously shod tyres. Some had the old worn out 'wets' fitted, some with 'slicks'. Others had 'monsoon' treads on, some decided to place a 50/50 bet and have 'wets' on the front and 'drys' on the rear- just in case! These poor souls were in no way confused or indecisive mind you - they just couldn't make up their minds !
It was great to see former Champion, Greg Hunter, back in action in his very smart looking Reynard 913. After a considerable break from AF2, Greg played it safe over the weekend, enjoying the racing and keeping it all together as he re-acquainted himself with the scene.
Tom Brickley suffered a "shocker", losing an engine to a gremlin. Seemingly, the camshaft pulley bolt ceased holding hands and the resultant catastrophic failure was not a pretty sight.
Don Hewitt and Brian Burman took an early weather related decision not to run and so with Tom's DNS status, we were three cars short of the original entry list.
Once again the scrutineers were kind enough to visit the respective teams. This makes such a difference to our competitors in presenting their cars for examination. At the recent Wakefield Park Procar meeting, the F3 cars had to be pushed to and from the scrutineering bay and were instructed that the cars should not be driven around the pits unless they could remain under 10 kph.
All of them were observed being manhandled to the marshalling area and from the pit entry road at the completion of their races. Perhaps there is a business opportunity here for your mechanical "baby" walker, Don!!
Despite our disappointedly depleted numbers at Oran Park, those remaining strapped their cars to their backs in slowly clearing conditions on Saturday and enjoyed a reasonably enjoyable race.
Sunday saw an increased improvement in the weather although the hoses and buckets copped constant use in the hands of those who had departed the black stuff in pursuit of furthering their studies of various bog sites around the circuit, which converted their lovely shiny little cars into rather rural looking rally contestants.
Rapid repairs to minor damage incurred by Ted Dunford's Reynard during the first race on Sunday saw grateful assistance being offered by one of Mark Williams' Radical team members. Such is the sporting spirit in the combined AF2 and Supersports categories.
Similarly, Kevin Lewis's Cheetah experienced a potentially serious front suspension problem. A combined effort of expertise saw repairs effected with little time to spare for the last race. It would be rare to witness such willing co-operation and assistance forthcoming from say a 'bat and ball' sporting group.
And so, with a dry track and some very quick and exciting battles being conducted throughout the field, the contestants enjoyed two great races on Sunday (see separate race report) and the major place-getters received their respective trophies for the State round.
Our Club presentation of trophies for the previous rounds of the AF2 Club Championship completed the weekend activities and with all cars secured in their trailers in much the same condition as they were when they arrived, the participants "broke camp" and radiated out to their respective homes to once again prepare for the next round.
The fourth round of the combined Championship will be conducted at Oran Park GP circuit on 19 - 20 July. Notwithstanding that club level motor sport is the only circus where the clowns pay heavily to perform, it is hoped that we will see a substantial increase in the number of F2 cars entered. If the F3 folk can only muster fourteen cars at their last round, surely (with our membership), we can surpass that effort by twenty percent.