For the second time in the past two months, FoSC returned to Sydney Motorsport Park on the South “Amaroo” circuit. A bumper ( sorry, no pun intended) 130 entrants braved the very cold 1 degree morning temperature under clear blue sunny skies. The days program included mid season rounds of the PRB Championship ( Rd 4), the Excel Campionship ( Rd 5) and the Historic Touring Cars Assoc Championship ( Rd 6).
As well two divisions of Regularity (A & B), racing in Historic and Invited Racing Cars , a Come and Try section and the ever popular “partners parade” during the lunch break were held. The “Come and Try” group attracted yet more newcomers, working their way through to progressing into full fledged racing under the one-on-one tutelage of the highly experienced Master Drivers team. One recent newcomer, April Hissey (Jaguar XJ6), has now graduated to Regularity competition.
Some new talent in Invited Race Cars not seen before were Ian Johnson’s ’64 Corvair, Bruce Grant’s ’70 Volvo 142 and Trevor Parrot’s ’98 Brooke.
Despite some delays in the early races, the very experienced FoSc race control team headed by John Finch brought the event back on time and successfully concluded the days program in daylight.
In PRB racing Stuart Shirvington (PRB Birkin S3) held a 2.5 second lead and converted it to a win in race one. Michael McCosker (PRB S2) held off a determined press by both James Dick (PRB Widebody) and Chris Barry (PRB Composite), with Dick just taking third by 5 tenths/second.
Race two was even tighter, with Shirvington being pushed by Stefan Versluis ( PRB Composite) all the way to again hold on for the win with only a 1.5 second lead. McCosker hung tough for the third spot.
Versluis was determined not to let Shirvington past in race three. Sitting close on each others heels, eventually Versluis hung onto a 3 tenths lead from Shirvington, with Barry only 5 tenths back for third. Excellent racing and fun to watch.
The Excel race series was spectacular. Watching 20 of the same little car go round making a huge racket is hilarious. Jigging ad jinxing back and forth, the swaying little beasts got under way off the start grid with an almighty roar. Speaking with Nathan Gotch before the race, he explained “…that with so many of these vehicles sold, they are very cheap to acquire, even cheaper to get spare parts for, making them the ideal lightweight, easy to build and fix, economical on the budget race car, and they can be extremely nimble and quick.” But did I say LOUD!
Race one saw Nathan and Nick Filipetto dodging and weaving, sometimes up on two wheels even in a straight line, and both crawling all over each other from lap to lap. Doing everything they could to manoeuvre and gain some advantage. Filipetto eventually got the better of Gotch in race one by only two tenths. That’s how close to they were. They were almost side by side across the finish line. 5 seconds back was Daniel Smith for third. That result obviously fired up Nathan and made him determined to reverse the result in race two. Leading all the way round, Nathan took the black and white with a gap of 2.5 seconds to Filipetto who had a 4 second lead on Smith. Race three was closer, and Gotch bettered Filipetto by a smaller margin and Nightingale was a further 7 seconds back for third.
In Historic Touring Car Association racing Wayne Rogerson clean sweeped all three races while John Wright grabbed two seconds and a third. Alan Mayne secured two thirds to add valuable points to his championship campaign. Matt Windsor drove a superb race three and was rewarded with a second place to push Wright back to third.
FoSC organisers were extremely happy with the event, and are looking forward to the final FoSC meeting at Sydney Motorsport Park on November 16th, when organisers will announce the 2015 FoSC 10th Anniversary calendar of events.
Words and Photos by Rob Annesley