SYDNEY CLASSIC SPEED FESTIVAL 2017 - GROUP N - BRIAN BOYD REVIEW ARTICLE

  • PAYCE Head Office, Sydney NSW.

Exciting racing seen at the recent Group N round in Sydney - Brian Boyd

PAYCE Managing Director Brian Boyd said one of the most anticipated rounds of the PAYCE sponsored Group N Championship, the Sydney Classic Speed Festival, was held over the Queen's Birthday long weekend at Sydney Motorsport Park.

"Torrential rain throughout the week leading up to the weekend kept everyone guessing about what the conditions would be like over the two days of racing," Brian Boyd said.

"In the end, the circuit was slightly wet for qualifying, but it quickly dried out and all three races were contested in relatively good conditions," continued Mr. Boyd.


Race 1 sees Wet Conditions Abate – Brian Boyd.

Top qualifiers in Group Nc were Ben Wilkinson ('68 Ford Mustang), John Wright ('73 Holden Torana XU1) and Jamie Tilley ('66 Ford Mustang). Fastest times in Group Nb were Brad Tilley ('64 Ford Mustang), followed by Chris Collett ('64 Morris Cooper S) and Daniel Berry ('63 Morris Cooper S).

Brian Boyd said race one for combined Group Nc and Nb held on Saturday afternoon attracted 26 starters, and as the wet conditions abated, lap times improved steadily.

"Ben Wilkinson took a clear win ahead of John Harrison in the yellow Ford Mustang and Jamie Tilley placed third ahead of Brad Tilley in the borrowed Michael Rose Nb Ford Mustang," offered Brian Boyd.

"That put Brad Tilley in a great spot in Nb placings and, in the Rose Nb Mustang, he led Morris Cooper S driver Chris Collett. Third place went to Victorian David Moran in his red Ford Mustang.

"Unfortunately, the attrition rate was quite high, with six cars failing to complete the full race,"" Mr. Boyd said.

The Group N Starters Welcome Clear Skies for the Sunday Race - Brian Boyd

Brian Boyd said all the competitors welcomed the clear skies on Sunday morning.

"Race two got underway late in the morning with no sign of rain clouds," Boyd said.

"Brad Tilley came to the fore, beating Ben Wilkinson to the chequered flag, with Jamie Tilley following close behind in third.

"Unfortunately, the race was marred by an incident between Ben Wilkinson and John Harrison, with both cars receiving panel damage," Brian Boyd lamented.

"Group Nb placings saw Brad Tilley out front again in the Rose Mustang. David Moran claimed second place and Daniel Berry moved into third in the Morris Cooper S.

Sunday's Third Race Held at Sunset – Brian Boyd

Brian Boyd said the third and final race for the Group N field was late on Sunday afternoon with the sun starting to sink in the west.

"Ben Wilkinson in his Ford Mustang returned to the winner's circle, crossing the line ahead of Jamie Tilley in the family Ford Mustang. Jamie led his dad home, with Brad finishing third in the Nb Mustang. John Harrison's

"Brad Tilley completed a perfect weekend in the final race, which saw the Group Nb placings unchanged from race two. Brad Tilley led David Moran home with Daniel Berry holding onto his third place," Brian Boyd finished.

Behind the Scenes with Brian Boyd

Brad expressed his gratitude to Michael Rose for the opportunity to compete alongside his son in a Group N race. This was something that Brad had wanted to do for some time and he was very grateful for the opportunity.

Brad also outlined the extraordinary effort that went into setting up the Rose Ford Mustang.

Brian Boyd said Brad and Jamie arrived at the track early the first morning and set about completely removing and replacing all of the suspension components on the Rose car.

"This vastly improved the handling of the Nb Mustang, resulting in a strong achievement throughout the weekend," Brian Boyd said.

"It was also pleasing to see two members who have been absent for a while returning to active competition.

"Steve Beazley in the Cortina GT and Ralph Clarke in the Alfa Romeo were welcomed back and we are looking forward to seeing them more regularly in future rounds," offered Mr. Boyd.

Dave Roberts vented his frustrating weekend by wringing the neck of his Morris Cooper S in the last race. Most other Mini drivers constantly drive on three wheels through the corners, but Dave took it to another level and at one stage had the Mini balancing on one wheel.

Sydney Classic Speed Festival was a Big Success - Brian Boyd

Brian Boyd said that, overall, the Sydney Classic Speed Festival was a big success with a good selection of categories competing and showcasing some very rare racing cars.

"The PAYCE sponsored Group N category once again was very popular with spectators and provided one of the biggest fields," Mr. Boyd said.

Group N competitors are now looking forward to the next competition round to be held on the Druitt Circuit at Sydney Motorsport Park on 22 July.

VALE: Mark Phillip Broadhead - 1970 – 2017

Mark Broadhead was a valued and respected member, competitor and committee member of the Historic Touring Car Association of New South Wales.

His bright and popular personality, positive and engaging view of the world and cheeky disposition made sharing time with him an absolute joy. He was always the first to put up his hand to help, and gave selflessly to the club and its members. Sharp-witted and with a great sense of humour, he was quick with thoughtful suggestions and insight.

His passions were devotion to his family, his business and his beautiful collection of Mini Cooper Ss. Not to mention a few tag-along cars along the way! A great competitor, he achieved outstanding results whenever he turned the wheel.

He packed so much into his life and lived each moment to the fullest.

Loved and respected by all who came into contact with him, he will be missed by us all each and every day.

Rest in peace Mark.