1st June 2003
CANTERS IN FOR RACE 1 WIN
Wakefield Park, Race 1, 1/6/03
3s first race took place in fine, sunny conditions at Wakefield
Park this morning. David Borg was an early casualty. His car was
pushed off the grid before the start, due to damage to the floor
which he incurred during an off track excursion on the observation
Cressey and BRMs Matt Fitzgerald both missed the start and
were very slow away, Cressey at a loss to explain what happened.
Barton Mawer, on pole, did not get off the line well. Caruso from
second place on the grid, and Hackett from fourth place both made
excellent starts, and Jones slotted in behind them. Mawer followed
in fourth, with Gurr in fifth. As the field packed down into the
last corner onto the main straight, Kenny Habul and Darren Palmer
had a coming together. Palmer was squeezed out onto the dirt on
the inside of the track, damaging his steering rack.
the race settled into its rhythm, Caruso led from Hackett, with
Jones in third, followed by Mawer, Gurr, Habul, Palmer, and Reindler.
James Cressey, who had been in eighth place on the grid, had dropped
back to twelfth behind as a result of his start line dramas.
Kenny Habul, still suffering the after effects of surgery two weeks
ago, found himself out of the race, his Dallara 301 Alfa Romeo stuck
in gear. Palmer narrowly avoided him as he slowed. BRMs rookie,
Karl Reindler was having a solid run in sixth.
the Yokohama Trophy class, Billy Maddocks was having a good race,
leading Chris Coombs and David Choon. David Borg had not started,
and Peter Rees had retired after four laps.
was drawing away at the front, as the battle for second and third
hotted up between Hackett, Jones and Mawer. Hackett appeared to
be suffering from gearbox problems, as Jones and Mawer continued
to push him hard.
lap 13, Chris Coombs went off at the top of the circuit, but managed
to keep his car going, and rejoined the race, behind Maddocks and
laps from the finish, Hacketts gearbox woes took their toll.
He went off at the last corner onto the main straight, rejoining
the track in fifth place. Caruso led comfortably, with Jones in
second and Mawer in third - the gap between second and third a mere
the second last lap, Jones ran wide at the last corner, and Mawer
saw his opportunity and seized it, diving down the inside to snatch
was in for the win with Mawer second, and Jones third. Despite his
gearbox problems, Hackett set a new lap record on lap twelve, a
55.1298, eclipsing Michael Carusos record of 55.4734, set
Gurr was fourth, a good result for him, with a fastest lap of 0:55.1398.
Peter Hackett was fifth, and Karl Reindler finished a solid sixth,
in front of his team mates, Palmer and Fitzgerald.
leader James Cressey, finished ninth.
won the Yokohama Trophy race, with David Choon second and Chris
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