THE lap record took a beating in the Formula Libre races at the Evolution Motorsport Classic SpeedFest at Teretonga Park near Invercargill last weekend.
Former Southlander LeRoy Stevenson began in the Powderline-sponsored class by winning the first two races in a Formula 5000 Leda LT27, breaking both the Formula Libre and Classic Single Seater lap record with 54.154. However, on Sunday morning the Leda broke an input shaft leaving Christchurch driver Michael Collins to win in a McRae GM1 from Gary Cooper, of Dunedin, in a Reynard 92H. Collins cracked Stevenson’s record, leaving it at 53.762 seconds.
The class lap record was also broken in the Southland Tyre Centre Formula Junior Class where the UK’s Alex Morton, in his Lightning Envoyette, won all four races. He set the record early on Saturday with a lap of 1min 08.358sec.
The Cooke Howlison BMW Historic Touring Car races were evenly split. Dunedin driver Aaron Black, in a BMW E30 M3, won the first two, the first from Kevin Pateman, of Timaru, in a Ford Telstar after Bruce Miles, of Christchurch, received a 10sec time penalty for a false start which dropped him to third in his BMW. In the second, Black led Christchurch father and son Lindsay and Matthew O’Donnell in a Volvo S40 and BMW 318 SuperTourer, respectively, across the line. Miles won the last two contests, and led all the way in the last.
Tony Mann, of Dunedin, in a Ford Capri won the opening Professionals Real Estate Classic Saloon race by just .804 of a second from Mark Scott, of Wellington, in a BMW M3 CSL E46. the second race was won by Scott from Wallace and Bradley Dawson, of Invercargill (Chev Camaro). On Sunday, Dougal MacGibbon, of Nelson, in his Nissan Skyline took the first from Scott and Dawson before Mann won the final race from Dawson and Doug Munro, of Invercargill, in a Commodore.
Chris Glasier, of Dunedin, in his Marcos LM500, was unbeatable in the Invercargill Hire Sports & GT Class with four victories. Sam Smith, of Wallacetown, in the Rhubarb sports car recorded two seconds while Jason Crosbie (Beck Special) was runner-up in the other two and added two thirds.
The wins were shared in the Jesco Hydraulics Vintage Racing Car Class. Ashburton driver Russ Haines in his Frangapelli Holden took two wins while Jim Bennett, of Dunedin, in a Furi Impulse and Ralph Smith, of Cromwell, in the Lycoming Special took one each.
Australian Lyndon Arnel made a clean sweep of the Downer Formula Ford races, in his Lola T440. Ron Wilkin, of Tuakau, in an Elden was second in three of them until he retired from the last leaving second place to Dave Harris, of Invercargill (Johnston).
Darryn Sutherland, of Dunedin, won the first three Pre 65 Saloon races in a Ford Falcon, the first from Paul Clarke, of Mosgiel, (Holden EH Special) and Stuart Mitchell, of Invercargill, in a Valiant. The second race was a handicap event and Sutherland beat Paul Whiting, of Christchurch, in an Anglia and Michelle Clarke, of Mosgiel, in a Mustang. He just got home in the third, ahead of Michelle Clarke and Ian Perry, of Christchurch, in a Sunbeam Stiletto. In the fourth, Paul Clarke won in the Mustang from Mitchell with Whiting third in the Sutherland Falcon.
Kyle and Dion Dawson dominated the Noel McIntyre Drainage Clubmans Saloons. Kyle won the first in his Nissan Skyline with Dion second in a Saker. Dion won the other three. In the class race Dion, Rachael Beck, Bradley Dawson and Ian McKenzie were class winners.
– Lindsay Beer is the Southland Sports Car publicity officer
Photos: Ron Veint