As the motorsport season draws to a close for 2014 this, our final Supersprint event for the year, saw a healthy field of 87 competitors bring their hopes and aspirations for glory, and a few more championship points, out to Sydney Motorsport Park South Circuit on what turned out to be a fabulous day for motorsport.
The morning Spring temperatures were a little fresh, however the jumpers were well and truly peeled off by mid morning. Blue skies and sunshine made for excellent rubber -to -bitumen connection, and the days program got off to a brisk and on time start.
No better way to get the spectators lining the fences than to have the two quickest lads in the house take it out early. Marek Tomaszewski and Andre Tan have duelled all year, and this being Marek’s favourite track layout, he let Andre know from the get-go that he intended to “bring it on”. Marek, who is a bit of a specialist on the South Circuit, was the fastest car on the day in his beautifully prepared and driven Stohr with a time of 53.329 ,while Richard Perini was the fastest Tin Top in his Porsche RSR with a Type 4 record breaking time of 56.946. Chris Kostakis brought his recently acquired beautiful White Radical out for a spin. He was throwing down clean, fast lines and ended the day only two seconds behind Tomaszewski and Tan.
It was great to see one of our next generation of Supersprint stars doing well this weekend. Cooper Calman, a 16yo who is completing grade 10 this year, broke the Class 4C record in his Mazda RX7 FD. This well spoken rising star also holds the NSW Hillclimb Championship in his category. Speaking about his enjoyment of Supersprint, Cooper said”…I really like coming to Supersprints, cause I get so much more drive time in the car than in some other events in which I compete.” Cooper and his family supporters drive long distances to come to these meetings, and their commitment is reaping rewards in Coopers increasing talent.
Warwick Morris broke the Type 2 and Class 2C records in his Porsche GT3 with a time of 1.00.984. Warwick has broken the Type 2 and Class 2C records for all of the circuits used in the Championship this year. A great year, and congratulations Warwick.
Allan Marin continues on his winning way as he broke the Type 3 and Class
3D records in his Commodore with a time of 1.01.109. I should mention that
Allan has broken the Type 3 and Class 3D records at the last three Rounds.
Records at SMSP Brabham and SMSP North are the only Type 3 records that he hasn’t broken this year.
Richard Perini broke the Type 4 and Class 4C records in his Porsche GSR with a great time of 56.946.
Chris Sutton broken the Type 6 and Class 6D records in his Subaru STi with a
time of 58.861 This is a first time in the record books for Chris this year
but I think we’ll being seeing him there a fair bit next year.
CLASS RECORDS – Craig Donnell broke the Class 2D record in his Walkinshaw Commodore with a time of 1.03.858. He was having a really good run, but unfortunately for late in the day he touched the wall.
Karl Kosutar broke the Class 3C record in his Mazda MX5 with a time of
1.02.706. First time in the record books for Karl who was only there
for a couple of runs before being chauffered off to a private box at the Grand Final. Were unsure who he was barracking for, but he’s sure to have had a great day all round.
Chis Muir broke the Class 4A record in his Honda CRX with a time of
1.04.100. This is the third time in the record books for Chris this year.
Chris now holds the Class 4A records for all of the SMSP circuits with the
record at Wakefield Park the only one eluding him. Next year maybe, Chris?
Ed Cory broke the Class 4B record in his Mazda MX5 with a time of 1.04.409.
This is the second time in the record books for Ed this year.
Tony King broke the Class 6A record in his Mazda MX5 with a time of
1.06.074. Again, this is the second time in the record books for Tony this year.
RECORDS BROKEN THAT DON”T GO INTO THE RECORD BOOKS
Spare a thought for those guys who broke records on the day but whose times will not go into the record books as they were not the fastest in their particular Class on the day.
They include:- Grant Bush – Class 2C, David Lawler – Class 4B, Anthony Crott – Class 4B, Adam Laura – Class 4C , Cooper Calman – Class 4C
Well, the Championship has now finished for the year and we now have seven new Type Champions. Please congratulate our 2014 CAMS Supersprint Champions:
TYPE 1 – STUART TEMESVARY – MAZDA MX5
TYPE 2 – WARWICK MORRIS – PORSHE GT3
TYPE 3 – ALLAN MARIN – COMMODORE
TYPE 4 – RICHARD PERINI – PORSCHE RSR
TYPE 5 – ANDRIE TAN – RADICAL
TYPE 6 – CHRIS SUTTON – SUBARU STi
TYPE SV – ROGER HEARD – PRB WIDEBODY
The Club Championship was won by the MX5 Club with ARDC coming in second and Manly Warringah Sporting Car Club taking out third.
Thank you to all those people that worked tirelessly behind the scenes to make each and every event enjoyable and safe for the competitors. We look forward to seeing you all back at the CAMS Supersprint Championships in 2015.
Words and images by Rob Annesley
Thanks to Bob Welsh for his in-depth statistics.