Classic racing enthrals crowd

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Alex Crosbie, of Invercargill, in his Van Dieman RF 92, shows good skills entering the GWD Elbow during a Formula Libre race at the Classic Speedfest at Teretonga Park last Sunday. Photos: Dave Loudon

Skilled cornering: Alex Crosbie, of Invercargill, in his Van Dieman RF 92, shows good skills entering the GWD Elbow during a Formula Libre race at the Classic Speedfest at Teretonga Park last Sunday. Photos: Dave Loudon

TWO days of classic motor racing captivated the large crowds at the Mobil 1 Classic SpeedFest at Teretonga Park near Invercargill last weekend.

The Archibalds Historic Touring Car Class provided enthralling racing throughout with Scott O’Donnell, of Invercargill, winning two of the four races in his Ford Mondeo ST, while former two-time World Cup Touring Car champion Paul Radisich took one in his 1994 World Cup-winning Mondeo.

Nigel Arkell, of Waimauku, was the other winner when he triumphed in the opening clash in his Honda Accord after Brett Stevens, of Motueka, ran into problems and retired his Ford Sierra.

The Professionals Real Estate Classic Saloon races were hotly contested, with drivers from Dunedin prevailing on each occasion.

Steve Ross, of Dunedin, in the iconic PDL Mustang 1, won two and Allan Dippie (MGB GT V8) won one, with Stuart Black winning the final race for the class in his Porsche 944T.

Guy Stewart, of Christchurch, won the first three Downer Sports and GT races in his Porsche 911 IROC, before Debbie Chapman, of Christchurch, in a Fiat X19 Abarth Replica, won the finale after a battle with husband Dennis in an identical car.

Roy MacDonald, of Dunedin, won the first two races in the Historic and Classic Pre-78 Class in his Ford Mustang, before category co-ordinator Wayne Perkins, of Queenstown, won the third in a Vauxhall Viva GT, and Leon Hallett, of Dunedin, the last in his Ford Galaxie.

The Vintage Racing Car Class saw Dunedin driver Paul Coghill make a clean sweep with four from four in his Jaguar Special, with Eric Swinbourn and Mark Barrett, of Christchurch, providing the stiffest opposition.

Invercargill’s Barry Leitch, in a Ralt RT4, and Christchurch driver John Williams, in a Crossle FF 2000, shared the spoils across the Southland Tyre Centre Formula Libre races, taking two wins apiece.

Aucklander Noel Woodford won three of the four iHIRE Invercargill Formula Junior races in his 1961 Gemini Mk3A, his sequence only broken in the final race when he did not start, leaving victory for John Rapley, of Otaki, in a Brabham BT2.

The Noel McIntyre Drainage Club Saloons were also on the programme alongside the classic vehicles with Invercargill driver Liam MacDonald winning all four races despite taking a helicopter flight to Cromwell to race a sprint car on Saturday night before returning to the circuit for Sunday’s racing.

The final race meeting of the season at Teretonga Park would be the Southern Thunder on March 20 and 21, featuring NZ Super Trucks and Mainland Muscle Cars and plenty more.

  • Lindsay Beer is the Southland Sports Car Club publicity officer
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