Darling 200: 2WD and Clubman Cup decided during a demonstration of rally camaraderie
The conditions were almost perfect for the start of the Darling 200, the deciding final round of the 2WD and Clubman Cup categories in the Onslow Contracting Western Australian Rally Championship (WARC).
Around Jarrahdale, competitors had to tackle a total of 76 kilometres that consisted of one 25.34 kilometre stage that was run three times, which threw an additional challenge of deteriorating conditions, dust and finishing the event into the setting sun.
Organisers successfully trialled a ‘no wheel spin start’ rule which kept the start line in good condition and minimised dust, for which the Darling 200 is renowned. This year, the Service Park was on the Jarrahdale Oval and worked really well for competitors, crews and officials, as well as locals who enjoyed looking on.
With many flat tyres, a blown engine (2WD: Allout Towing Services, David Farnswroth, 1990 Toyota Corolla), and a multiple roll-over crash (Clubman Cup: Platinum Automotive, Anthony Chudleigh, 1998 Hyundai Excel), there was barely a dull moment.
More than 200 pre-1961 historic cars and motorcycles will compete in the Vintage Sports Car Club (VSCCA) 40th anniversary of Australia’s first all-historic race meeting, to be held at Wakefield Park on 17-18 September.
The entry list for the commemorative race meeting was confirmed at yesterday’s official event launch at the Goulburn Visitor Information Centre yesterday, with event organisers and a couple of historic vehicles in attendance.
Wakefield Park operations manager Matt Baragwanath said the mammoth entry list includes a large number of interstate competitors.
“We have drivers and cars travelling from South Australia, Victoria and Northern NSW, as well as Queensland,” Mr Baragwanath said.
“We’re very impressed with the number of entries, especially considering we restricted it to pre-1961 cars.”
This weekend’s September 10-11 Shannons Nationals Round 6 at Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit promises great Sports Car action with:
- the final round of the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge for 2016,
- National Sports Sedans,
- V8 Tourers,
- Touring Car Masters,
- Superkarts Formula 3,
- SportsRacers and more
By Bruce Moxon.
A few weeks ago we saw the first modern iteration of the Bathurst 6 Hour race for Production Touring Cars. The first one ever, was in October 1962 and was for production touring and sports cars. History reports that brothers Leo and Ian Geoghegan won in a Daimler SP250. This time around, it was Nathan Morcomb and Chaz Mostert in a BMW 335.
As a race it was interesting, as long-distance races tend to be. There’s someone coming back from a drama, there’s someone going faster than everyone thinks is wise. There’s someone too stubborn to admit they should park the car and save themselves the trouble.
But for me, it felt like the Bathurst 1000 of the days of yore, when you could build a half-decent car in your shed and have a crack at a top-ten. When privateer teams, on the bones of their arse, could still be there, despite having no chance (and knowing it, but just needing to Be In It.)
Bruce Moxon attended this year’s LiquiMoly Bathurst 12hr for Race Magazine, and has given an excellent report.
Article: Bruce Moxon
Photos: Bruce Moxon and Chris Walsham
You can’t help be but be reminded of the days of Group A Touring Cars, when you think of the Bathurst 12 Hour. A variety of genuine contenders, top drivers from overseas, legendary team names and manufacturers, homologation battles and cars with differing strengths and weaknesses.
The 2016 Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour ended in spectacular fashion. Shane van Gisbergen powered the Tekno Autosports McLaren 650S team to victory. Full article will be put up soon.
We have put up the first three places for the main race and each of the support races. The link to the full results are at the bottom of the page.
Here are the race results in brief, and some fantastic photos from Chris Walsham and Bruce Moxon.
That’s right, 2015 will be the last King Edward Park Hillclimb. The Mattara festival from 2016 on will not include the annual round of the NSW Hillclimb championship, run by the Newcastle MG Car Club.
The park and surrounding lands has been undergoing extensive renovation and improvements, and this combined with safety concerns (both for competitors and spectators) sees the event unable to continue.
‘‘We can’t be angry at the council,’’ Newcastle MG Car Club vice-president Dave Atkins said. ‘‘We can’t stand in the way of progress for our one weekend a year.’’
For some time there has been a zany racing series in the USA called The 24 Hours of LeMons, where a grid of drivers in rubbish cars compete in a series of races for obscure prizes. Like the Variety Bash challenges, it seems to be more about the fun than any desperate need to win.
And now, they have landed here with the first race being at Wakefield Park on 27th of October 2015.
Photography by Alex Maher
The Wakefield 300 is an interesting event for both spectators and competitors. It mixes a strange group of improved production, Excel and Pulsar challenges, Super Karts, Aussie Stockcars, Future-Racers and MX5 classes. The result is exciting to say the least.
Run over three days with Friday being practice, Saturday qualifying and class events, and Sunday being the main event divided into the B Group, and the Main Event. Unfortunately it is on the same weekend as the Canberra leg of the ARC. This means it didn’t have as many spectators as it should have, which is a real shame. It is one of the better circuits for spectators as the whole track can be seen from most places, and the Wakefield 300 in particular is exciting to watch.
What it also meant was that our usual Race Magazine photographers had all had better offers, so I asked my friend Alex Maher if he would like to help me on the day. I am not much of a photographer and was relying on Alex to get decent shots. As it turns out he is as bad as I am, and it became a competition to see who could out-ignorance each other. Thankfully, despite everything, we did manage to get some good photos.
Wakefield Park is one of those places that seem to run on extremes of weather. One day it is roasting, and the next there’s torrents of water flowing over it. I’m sure that race tracks create their own weather patterns somehow.