Spring Wakefield Park

9 & 10 September 2006, Wakefield Park NSW

Wet, windy and Wild Wakefield Park hosted the HSRCA September historic race meeting, which for some acted as a lead-up event to the upcoming Tasman Revival.

A small, but quality entry of 170 of sports, sports-racing and racing cars was divided into eight categories thus providing more racing for all the competitors with 10, 12, and 14 lap races. It was the final round of the Australian Formula Junior Championship series, which is run each year over seven rounds. This year the series was dominated by Murray Bryden (Lotus MRC 22) who clearly took 2 of the 3 weekend races to secure the Leo Geogheghan Perpetual Trophy. Englishman Jonathon Williamson (Lotus 22) won the final race after Bryden retired.

Although the weekend’s Formula Ford racing was completely dominated by a faultless Tom Tweedie (Elwyn 002) they provided for some exciting racing for the minor places on the podium all weekend. Doug Matley (Reynard), Don Holland (Reynard), John Pymble (Van Diemen) & Rob Tweedie (Elwyn 004) fought hard all weekend for these places on the track with Holland at one stage having a major pants-splitting 360 spin entering the main straight in what must have been a slight lapse of concentration.

The Group Sb & Sc entertained the enthusiastic crowd with great battles between Porsche’s, Dato’s and Lotus’, not to mention all the other great sports cars of the 60’s & 70’s. The battle of the iconic German manufacturer raged at the front with the brace of Porsche’s, particularly between Bill Pye, John Smith (driving the injured Wayne Cooper’s Porsche 911 Carrera) and Geoff Morgan. These three diced all race on Sunday afternoon, at some points swapping paint. The early favourite Smith fought hard with Morgan and Pye, but was relegated to third by race end. The afternoon’s dry conditions suited some competitors with David Withers and Phil Verwoert filling the top 5 placings, but not easily thanks to Michael Bryne (Lotus Super 7 S4)

For many the meeting was used as a lead-up event to the upcoming Tasman Revival race meeting, which is to be held at Eastern Creek in December. As at Wakefield Park they already have over 200 race entries and strong ticket sales through ticketing agency ticketmaster. Some 20 Tasman era cars will come from the UK, USA & NZ, which include the Cooper T79 (dubbed the first McLaren).

Report by: Charles Rogers

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