SPECTATORS enjoyed a a fantastic array of classic racing cars at the Evolution Motorsport Classic SpeedFest at Teretonga Park near Invercargill last weekend, while also being treated to some superb racing on the track.
The PDL Mustang II was a feature of the event and driver Todd Stewart, of Christchurch, showed its pace on Sunday in particular, winning both classic saloon races for cars 2501cc and over.
The car had gearbox problems and missed the first race on Saturday, which was won by Invercargill driver Brendan Mason in his Camaro.
The Mustang started the second race from the back of the grid, coming through to sixth place in a handicap race won by Graeme Fraser, of Queenstown, in a BMW M3 Evo.
The appearance of two-time World Touring Car champion Paul Radisich, of New Zealand, in his world championship-winning Ford Mondeo Super Tourer was a highlight of the historic touring car class. Radisich qualified third and finished second to Phil Mauger, of Christchurch (Nissan Primera), in the opening race. Other commitments meant he was a non-starter in the other races, with Mauger winning one of those and Bruce Miles, of Christchurch, in a BMW, winning twice on Sunday.
Jordan Michels, of Invercargill, had a clean sweep in the Formula Ford races, with fellow Southlander Stephen Heffernan, Phil Foulkes, of Clevedon, and Australian Lyndon Arnel the placegetters across the weekend.
Darryn Clarke, of Queenstown, in a Toyota Starlet, won two of the four 0-2500cc classic saloon races while other wins went to Scott O’Donnell, of Invercargill, in an Alfa, and Sandra Eden, of Queenstown (BMW), in the handicap race.
Gary Cooper, of Mosgiel, took his Reynard to three wins in Formula Libre, lowering the lap record twice in the process. Southlander Brendon Leitch won the last in the ex-Jacques Laffitte Ralt after Cooper incurred a 10-second penalty.
Canadian Jack Ondrack, in his TVR Tuscan, took all four sports car races, with Trevor Lines, of Auckland (Redline Sprint), Jason Crosbie, of Invercargill (Beck Special), and David Robertson, of Invercargill (Ace Buckler), sharing the placings.
Paul Coory, of Mosgiel, won both of Saturday’s vintage racing car races ahead of Graeme Hamilton, of Lyttelton, while Hamilton won both of Sunday’s races after Coory received a 10-second penalty in one and did not start the other.
Paul Clarke, of Dunedin, in a Mustang, won three of the four pre 65 saloon races with the other victory going to Wallacetown driver John Mackley, in a Ford Anglia, in a handicap race.
Liam MacDonald, of Invercargill, won four Noel McIntyre Drainage clubmans saloon races, including the Flying Farewell.
The next race meeting at Teretonga Park takes place on Saturday, March 17.