The Motorsport Australia NSW State Championships have staged a successful post COVID-19 return at Wakefield Park this weekend, with entertaining racing across all categories on the program.
While spectators were not permitted at the venue, several categories will have post-produced highlights shown on Blend Line TV’s channels.
After more than a decade out of the driver’s seat, Layton Crambrook has made a stylish return to HQ Holden racing in 2020, something he demonstrated this weekend with a clean sweep of race victories.
Glenn Deering and Luke Harrison were second and third in the opening two races but fell down the order in Race 3, allowing Brandon Madden into the runner-up spot ahead of Chris Molle.
Also taking a clean sweep of victories was Grant Doulman, who won all three Sports Sedan races in his V8 Falcon ahead of Brad Shiels (Fiat 124). Reigning champion Steven Lacey was third in torrentially-wet conditions in Race 1, but retired from Race 2 with mechanical problems and did not start Race 3; Mark Duggan capitalised to round out the podium.
Supersports ran a single-day event with their three races on Saturday, all of which were affected by wet conditions. Nick Kelly won Race 1 but the horsepower advantage of his Radical SR8 was nullified when the conditions worsened in Race 2; Ryan Godfrey capitalised to take the win in his Radical SR3, before Kelly reasserted himself to take out the final ahead of fellow SR8 pilot Peter White.
Four-time NSW Formula Vee Champion Daniel Reynolds won Race 1 and crossed the finish line first in Race 2, but was relegated to 10th with a post-race penalty. Aaron Lee was promoted to first place and subsequently won Race 3 ahead of Aaron Pace and Darren Williams.
In NSW Production Touring, it was Michael Sheargold who made the most of Saturday’s wet conditions to win Race 1 in his all-wheel-drive Mercedes A45 AMG, but in Sunday’s dry races it was Daniel Oosthuizen who scored a pair of victories after a battle with Ben Kavich; Matt Holt completed the overall podium.
Andrew Macpherson won both 30-minute Production Sports races in his Porsche 911 GT3-R, but the first race was marred by a horrific crash for Nick Kelly’s Audi R8 at Turn 1. After clipping the inside kerb, Kelly’s Audi speared off the circuit and made heavy contact with the outside wall. In a glowing endorsement of both the Audi’s safety features and Wakefield Park’s barriers, Kelly walked away from the crash without a scratch, but the same could not be said for the Audi, which was severely damaged.
While Kelly’s absence enabled Macpherson to score a comfortable win in Race 2, Porsche GT3 Cup pilots Jason Miller, Sergio Pires and Marcel Zalloua staged an enthralling battle for second position, Miller prevailing after a move on Zalloua on the second-last lap.
Lucas Vitale won the 250cc class in all four Superkart races, while Mark Robin was victorious in the 125cc Gearbox Class and Mark Vickers scored a quartet of wins in the 125cc Non-Gearbox Class.
Wakefield Park race secretary Ruth Walsh said it was positive to see so much enthusiasm among the competitors.
“Overall, it was a fantastic weekend – it was great to see all the drivers so eager to be back on the track,” Walsh said.
“We had strict protocols in place for social distancing, but all the drivers and teams respected our guidelines which was very much appreciated.
“Hopefully, we’ll be able to allow spectators back at the venue soon.”