SYDNEY FESTIVAL OF SPORTING CARS - GROUP N - BRIAN BOYD REVIEW
- PAYCE Head Office, Sydney NSW.
Group N Thrills Fans at Festival of Sporting Cars Event- Brian Boyd
PAYCE Historic Touring Cars were invited by Festival of Sporting Cars (FOSC) to its Sydney Motorsport Park event on the Druitt (North) Circuit on Saturday, 20 August 2016 and provided some of the best racing of the meeting.
Round 5 of the HTCA NSW Championship featured a qualifying session and three race events over the course of the day. The weather was kind against all predictions - cool, dry and sunny conditions prevailed throughout the day.
A Great Roll-Up of Group N Cars – Brian Boyd.
PAYCE's Managing Director, Brian Boyd said it was a great roll-up of Group N cars to the meeting.
"A total of 22 entrants, made up of 9 Nb and 12 Nc cars and Mark Broadhead's Toyota Celica by invitation, lined up for the first race of the day," Brian Boyd said.
"Brad Tilley in his quick Ford Mustang was the dominant performer all weekend and performed faultlessly in both Group Nc and Regularity events with clean driving and excellent reliability," continued Mr. Boyd.
Tilley Led the Qualifying Times - Brian Boyd
Championship leader and long term Nc campaigner, Tilley led the qualifying times, with a fastest lap of 1:13.1 and an average speed of 138kph.
Just a second behind Tilley was John Wright in the rapid Holden Torana XU1. Super-competitive Wayne Rogerson in his black Mazda RX2 rounded out the top three Nc entries, missing out on second position by less than 1/100 of a second.
Top qualifier in Nb was Bob Munday in his 64 Ford Mustang, followed by Chris Collett (Mini Cooper S) and Craig Stephenson (EH Holden).
Racers Pay Tribute to the Late Charles Jardine – Brian Boyd
Brian Boyd said Race 1 featured a two lap Group N warm-up as a tribute to the late Charles Jardine, who recently passed away after many years at the helm of FOSC.
"As the first warm up lap turned onto the main straight the Group N cars formed up four cars abreast, headlights ablaze as a mark of respect, with a steady speed and formation the tribute was an impressive display for which the Jardine family I feel were very moved," said Brian Boyd.
Wild Action in Race 1 - Brian Boyd
Race start was full of wild action as the field swerved to avoid John Wright's stalled Torana XU1 on the front row of the grid.
Brad Tilley got away smartly from pole and led throughout the 10 laps of the race. John Harrison improved from his qualifying position to move to 2nd place followed by Wayne Rogerson in 3rd.
Bob Munday in the Group Nb Ford Mustang drove a strong race to progress up to 6th place and Martin Macri's Chevrolet Camaro SS slotted into a well-earned 5th place as the chequered flag came out.
John Wright Wastes no Time in Race 2 - Brian Boyd
After the DNF in race 1, John Wright wasted no time in moving through the field.
From the rear of the grid he worked his way to 3rd place behind the leading Mustangs of Tilley and Harrison.
Tilley finished 1st with daylight to the next Nc Mustang of Harrison, followed by John Wright only two seconds behind. Martin Macri (Camaro SS) also improved to snatch 4th from Wayne Rogerson in the Mazda RX2.
Brad Tilley Delivers a Most Impressive Display of Torana Driving in Race 3 - Brian Boyd
Race 3 resulted in the continuing good form of Brad Tilley taking his third points win of the day and third fastest lap.
Brian Boyd said it was a most impressive display of Torana driving, with the father and son duo of John and Warren Wright improving their outright positions to finish 2nd and 4th respectively.
Third spot was filled by John Harrison, while in Nb the top finishers were Bob Munday (Ford Mustang), Chris Collett (Mini Cooper S) and Craig Stephenson (EH Holden).
"All in all a very successful meeting, enjoyed by everyone and most important, an accident-free weekend," Brian Boyd said.
Round 6 of the PAYCE Historic Touring Cars NSW Championship takes place at Wakefield Park on 24-25 September, 2016.
Go Team PAYCE!