Plenty of great racing and the treat of seeing and hearing a 1994 Formula 1 Ferrari 412 T1B 043 V12 on the track were the highlights of the Evolution Motorsport Classic SpeedFest at Teretonga Park, Invercargill this weekend.
The Ferrari, brought to New Zealand by a group of enthusiasts headed by Steve Weeber of Christchurch, did several demonstration laps on both Saturday and Sunday with Robert Borrius Broek at the wheel. The car created a massive amount of interest both when on the track and in the pits where it was displayed alongside a 3 seater F1 Arrows AX3 belonging to the same group.
Racing was close throughout both days with winning margins in many of the races being extremely close. Many drivers stamped their mark on their classes on Saturday but attrition and handicap starts in Sunday's races threw up plenty of different winners.
Brendan Mason of Invercargill won both Saturday races in the Professionals Real Estate Classic Saloons (2501cc & over) in his Chev Camaro. He just pipped Brent Collins of Timaru in a Buick V6 powered Mazda RX7 to win the first by .019 of a second and then won the second after Collins had retired and he had seen off the challenge of Canadian Jack Ondrack in another close finish. Collins won the first race on Sunday by another tight margin from Mason before Richard Quin of Tauranga won the next in his V8 Starlet from Ondrack in a race from which Collins retired. Ondrack won the last in the absence of Collins, Quin and Mason from Duane Ingley of Queenstown in a Mustang and Tony Mann of Dunedin in a V8 Capri.
Chris Chiles of Christchurch won both the Southern Paints Class races for smaller saloons in his Lotus Elan on Saturday. On Sunday race wins were shared between Robbie Halliday of Mangawhai in his Lotus Cortina, Alasdair Brass of Christchurch in a Morris Cooper S, in a race shortened after an incident, and Doug Erskine of Tuatapere who held out fast closing Chiles and V8 SuperTourer star Angus Fogg after the pair had both visited the pits during the final race.
Gary Johnstone of Christchurch in a Jaguar XJS won the opening race in the Jesco Historic Touring Car class on Saturday beating the similar car of Aucklander Angus Fogg by just .250 of a second with Tony Forde of Invercargill third in a Holden Commodore just .094 behind Fogg. On Sunday morning Johnstone beat Fogg by a similar margin with Forde again third. Kevin Underwood won the next in his BMW M3, again by less than one second, from Fogg and Forde while Stephen Heffernan of Invercargill in a Toyota Corona narrowly defeated Nick Young of Christchurch and Forde in the next. In the final race Forde took a win.
In the Macaulay Ford Formula Libre class Steve Ross of Dunedin used the superior power of his Formula 5000 McRae GM1 to dominate on Saturday. However Ross was out early on Sunday leaving the wins to Jamie Conroy of Invercargill in his Formula Renault, Laurie Henderson of Waitati in a Van Diemen and Doug Price of Christchurch in a Reynard. Conroy and Price actually crossed the line first and second respectively in one of the races only to receive 20 second penalties.
Brent Collins won the Noel McIntyre Drainage Clubmans Saloon race on Saturday while Brian Scott of Dunedin in a Corvette, Brendan Mason of Invercargill in his Chev Camaro and Darryn Andrews of Lincoln in a turbocharged Nissan Primera took Sunday wins before Scott won the Flying Farewell from Liam MacDonald and Inky Tulloch. Mason had been squeezed off the track in an earlier race which sent him into the wall.
Jack Ondrack romped away to win the first Southland Tyre Centre Sports Car race in his TVR Tuscan on Saturday while he also won the second after a great battle John Osborne and Chris Chiles. Ondrack, Kerry Anderson of Clevedon in a Jaguar D-Type replica and Osborne of Christchurch in a Nissan 300ZX won Sunday's races.
Paul Coghill of Dunedin in a Jaguar Special won both Sievwright Auto's Vintage Racing Car Class races on Saturday with Paul Coory of Mosgiel in a Chevrolet CAE and Russ Haines of Ashburton (Frangepelli Holden) prominent. On Sunday Coghill, Mark McFadden of Christchurch in a Zephyr 260M and Rob Boult of Queenstown shared the wins.
The next meeting at Teretonga Park takes place on 16 March.
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