Updated: Jan 2
It was all about staying warm and dry for Round 3 of the E36 Race Series at Sydney Motorsport Park on June 16. Early weather predictions scheduled the rain for the Monday after the race weekend but as you know, the weather often doesn't behave. Despite the very damp conditions, the club was represented with a total of 6 cars and included some new faces, Robert Boaden, Brayden Everitt and myself.
This round also saw us run with the Historics and the Alfa guys instead of the SuperTT class. As the SuperTT guys had 40 odd cars in their class with significant speed differences, we made a request to run in a smaller group with more comparable speeds which in the end seemed to be the right move from the positive feedback we received.
Jeff Barnes claimed victory in race one, Robert Boaden took second place and Brayden Everitt rounded out the top three.
Race two was delayed slightly with officials making a call to halt proceedings for 20 minutes to assess the weather, at this point it looked almost certain that the race wouldn't go ahead but the skies did clear just enough to allow the racing to continue but it was mandatory that cars have their lights on while on track. Racing Academy International graduate Robert Boaden took the win followed by Jeff Barnes and Brayden Everitt.
In the third and final race of the day, the track was relatively dry and the lap times reflected this, with David Bailey clocking his fastest lap of 1:58.55 to take the win followed by Robert Boaden and Jeff Barnes. But it wasn't just the guys at the front having all the fun, I had a great battle with Shaun Penwarden and one the Alfa guys at the rear of the field, we diced for position from start to finish and it was bloody good fun, you couldn't wipe the smile off my face if you tried.
At the end of the day, we all drove our cars onto our trailers so I'd say it was a good day for us, a few drivers were not so lucky. There seemed to be quite a bit of interest in the category, plenty of people dropping by to ask questions and learn more about these cars. I was really nervous before this event but after the last race, I wanted more! I'm hooked and the build process was totally worth it, racing in my own car made the day even more special.
Our next race is back at Sydney Motorsport Park (GP circuit) on July 21st, a little over 20 days from today, fingers crossed the weather will be much better but don't hold me to it!
As usual, before I sign off, a quick shoutout to our sponsors, LA Racing Lubricants, Shylan Motorsport Services, Suspension Concepts, RHD Engineering, MH Auto Care, Prime Race Tyres, Wards Accounting & Kumho Tyre Motorsports. Please visit their website and/or social pages, give them some love because supporting them supports us!
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