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AUSF3: Results Round 1 New South Wales Formula 2 Championship

2001 NSW Formula 2 Championship Round 1 - Oran Park Sydney 10-11 March The 2001 season kicked off in less than ideal circumstances at a very wet Oran Park in Sydney's south-west. Only eight cars entered the first round, with Ian Black setting...

2001 NSW Formula 2 Championship

Round 1 - Oran Park Sydney 10-11 March

The 2001 season kicked off in less than ideal circumstances at a very wet Oran Park in Sydney's south-west. Only eight cars entered the first round, with Ian Black setting the pace in his Reynard 913. Black is enjoying his new car after running a Cheetah Mk7 for the past couple of seasons.

Qualifying on Saturday was a 15-minute affair with Black the stand out performer. Setting a 1m20.0202 in drying conditions, Black looked effortless in setting pole a massive 5 seconds ahead of Ted Dunford in the HTG F2 on 1m25.2935. Then the field started to close with Craig Murphy in the Reynard 90F posting a 1m25.8823 just ahead of Newcastle's Kevin Lewis' Ransburg Cheetah stopping the watch at 1m26.1419. Then it was a break to Antony Wood's Wren F2, 1m36.2107, then came Tom Brickley's very well presented Kaditcha at 1m37.1136. Terry Robertson only put together 4 laps for a 1m42.7490 still chasing a wet weather set up. Black averaged 118kph.

Race 1 was on Saturday afternoon and reduced to a 3 lapper. Black jumped out fast to establish his winning lead. Murphy slotted into second and held that over Lewis by 3 seconds. Than there was a 7 second break to Dunford than followed Robertson, Wood and Brickley. Black's fastest lap was a 1m27.9722.

Sunday brought more wet weather, but Black, seemingly wearing flippers, continued on his winning way. Leaping to the lead in the 8 lapper, he was only challenged by lapping backmarkers. Lewis came in second followed by Robertson, Brickley, Wood and recovering from an early spin Murphy in 6th. Black's fastest lap 1m22.4130 at 114kph.

Race 3 was lucky to get going, with officials decreasing the laps from 10 to 6 delaying the start and making tyres optional. Only 3 lined up with Black making it 3 from 3 ahead of Robertson and Wood in 3rd. Black only managed a 1m30.3791 at 104kph.

So not the best of conditions for the first round but after several months off, beggars cant be choosers. Hopefully Eastern Creek in a few weeks will provide better conditions for closer racing. See you at the track.

- Kim Saffron.

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