AUS: Futureracers Oran Park race notes

The Future is Here - Futureracers Complete First Event Futureracers made their debut at the Oran Park PROCAR Champ Series round and Queenslander, Mike Kilpatrick has the honour of being the first Futureracers event winner. The 37 year old Team...

The Future is Here - Futureracers Complete First Event

Futureracers made their debut at the Oran Park PROCAR Champ Series round and Queenslander, Mike Kilpatrick has the honour of being the first Futureracers event winner.

The 37 year old Team Killa.com.au pilot battled throughout the weekend with the Team Brock driver, Chris Butler for the win, the two enjoying an incredibly close fight in race two, barely inches apart from one another, but Kilpatrick was dominant, taking pole and the race win in each of the three races.

Impressively, Matt Kingsley finished the weekend third on aggregate, having battled strongly with David Ratcliff, who drove a great race and put in a number of spirited drives. Kingsley scored a Black Flag in race two when he was called in for a drive through penalty for a jumped start, he also set the fastest lap in the final two races.

WS Racing's Warrick Spooner could not complete the third race due to snapping a camshaft during race two and Phillip King, driving for Team Killa.com.au, had an up and down first weekend of motor racing, a spin in the first race, backed up with a third in race two and a DNF in the third. Wayne Green, driving the Futureracers Team Car, had a similarly interesting weekend, performing consistently i each of the races.

In presenting the trophies to the top three, Peter Brock said that despite having a low car count at the opening event, all bodes well for the future. "This weekend has shown that there is a lot of potential for the Series' and the cars and it will grow," said the ten times Bathurst Endurance Race Champion. Brock plays an essential role in Futureracers from the perspective of driver training, having watched each session intently and taking the time between Nations Cup commitments to discuss his observations with each driver individually. At one point, Brock took one of the technicians off the Poolrite Monaro to oversee suspension changes to the Spooner car!

Brock and the Team Brock Race Crew, along with Ross Palmer (PROCAR Australia Chairman), Michael Browning and Kevin Bartlett (PROCAR Driving Standards Manager) enjoyed the Futureracers Feast with the competitors on Saturday night, something that will be a feature of every Futureracers event.

The first event for Futureracers was well received by the crowd on hand, with the small cars creating a great deal of interest not only among the crowd, but the PROCAR Champ Series competitors. The speed of the cars was a big talking point, getting up to around 180 kilometres per hour on Oran Park's front straight and due to the size of the cars allowing a high corner speed some very fast lap times were ensured.

Co-Managing Director of Futureracers, Phil Horan, is optimistic about the future of the category. "We had a number of approaches across the weekend from people looking to get into the category, so I think that we will have more cars on the grid for the next round and by the end of the year, our grids will be quite healthy."

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Series Road racing
Drivers Peter Brock , Mike Kilpatrick , David Ratcliff