Jim Pollicina and Michael Caine have driven their Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X to victory in yesterday’s NSW Production Touring Car one-hour endurance race, held as part of the CAMS NSW Motor Racing Championships on the weekend.
Caine took pole position in Saturday afternoon’s Top 10 Shootout, narrowly outqualifying fellow Mitsubishi Evo racer Dylan Thomas.
Pollicina slotted in behind Thomas at the start, and shadowed him throughout the opening stint.
During the compulsory pit stop, Caine took over from Pollicina and the team managed to execute a faster wheel change than Thomas’ crew, enabling Caine to take the lead. From there, he was unchallenged and drove to a 16-second victory.
Inverell driver Greg Symes finished third after starting 11th on the grid in his Evo IX, just ahead of the Adam Proctor/Mark McHenry Subaru WRX, while Matt Holt (HSV Clubsport) was the best of the V8s in fifth outright.
While he may have missed out on victory in Production Touring Cars, Thomas took home the first-place trophy in Formula Vee, winning the trophy race from James Horne and Aaron Pace who scored his maiden podium finish in the category.
Ryan Reynolds was well-placed after winning Race 2, but retired from Race 3 with mechanical problems handing Thomas the Championship lead.
Other class winners were Paul Loiacono (Class B1), Daniel Reynolds/Matt Stubbs (Class B2), Daniel Byron/Josh Muggleton (Class C), Jimmy Vernon (Class D) and Zac Raddatz (Class E).
Lachlan Gibbons extended his lead in the NSW Formula Ford Championship Duratec Class with a clean sweep of race victories, while in the Kent Class it was Aaron Grech who extended his winning streak to five, closing to within six points of leader Simon Hodges, who was caught up in dramas in Race 1 but fought back in Races 2 and 3.
Tasmanian driver Malcolm Lee bounced back from a crash during his last visit to Wakefield Park to take a clean sweep of the PRB Clubman races, defeating John Moyes and Stuart Shirvington.
The contest between Camaro racers Birol Cetin and Steven Lacey resumed in Sports Sedans with both drivers having cause to celebrate at the end of the weekend.
Lacey won the opening race but spun out of contention in Race 2. This sparked a spectacular last-to-first charge in Race 3.
However, Cetin’s consistency – two seconds and a first – ensured he completed the weekend with an increased points advantage over his main rival.
Anthony Macready (Nissan 300ZX) finished third ahead of Simon Copping and Warren Millet in their VZ Commodore ex-V8 Supercars.
Reigning HQ Holden Champion John Baxter led early in Race 1 before retiring with a broken axle and lost wheel, handing the victory to Brett Osborn ahead of Glenn Deering and Chris Buckley.
Baxter drove from 18th to second in Race 2, before beating Osborn off the line and leading all the way to the flag in the final, which finished under Safety Car due to a collision between Duane Cambridge, Chris Molle and Matt Barker.
Glenn Townsend (Lotus Exige) claimed a Bradbury-esque victory in the Production Sports endurance race after the Porsches of Alex Cook and Marcel/Tadros Zalloua collided while battling for the lead.
Racing returns to Wakefield Park on 16-17 July with a one-hour endurance race for the popular Hyundai Excel series, along with an assortment of support categories.