Competition Report – June 2012

Our Sporting Triumphs have had another busy month of motorsport activity. Starting with Modern Regularity on the 20th of May. Both Duane Kaak and Neil Martin competed in this event with Neil finishing 5th outright.

Rod Carey took his Spitfire interstate to the Winton Historic Race Meeting on the weekend of the 26th& 27th of May, which this year celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the Triumph Spitfire. Rod entered his car in the Alan Jones Trophy for Sa/Sb/Sc class of cars. He qualified his Spitfire in 29th position with a time of 1:41:46 but improved his times at each run finishing with a time of 1:16:66. The faster pace must have been a little too much for the Spitfire as it DNF’d in its last run.

A number of club members also made the trek to Winton as spectators. This meeting is one of the best historic race meetings in the country with plenty of static displays and other activities over the weekend. Well worth the trip.

Last weekend was Round 2 of the MSCA Supersprint Series. Three club members entered this event, Neil Martin – Triumph TR7V8, Duane Kaak – Triumph TR7V8 and Roger Lange – Datsun 240Z. Roger borrowed/hired the drive as his GT6 engine is still being rebuilt. We’ve been a bit down in numbers at the last few events because other Team Triumph competitor’s cars are in the same position as Roger’s. Hopefully our numbers will increase in coming months.

Both Neil and Duane produced personal best times on the day. Neil recorded a best lap of 1:28:93. Duane continues to improve at each outing recording his best time of 1:34:39. Just when Duane thought he was starting to close the gap between Neil and himself, Neil improves his times. It’s great to see a new competitor pushing established drivers. Roger’s best time in the Datsun was a quick 1:27:41.

Neil is competing in the next round of Modern Regularity as I write this report (24th June) before heading off to Wakefield Park to compete in the All British race meeting. Last year we had six competitors representing the club at this meeting, but due to the fore mentioned car problems of some of our other drivers, Neil is our sole representative.

Round 4 of the MSCA Supersprint Series on the 12th of August is our club’s turn to do flag duty. This could be the last time we are asked to perform this duty as it is my understanding that lights will be installed later this year at each flag point eliminating the need for flag marshals. This is a great day and gives a great insight to how a race meeting is run. It also provides you with the best spots to see all the action. Morning Tea and lunch are provided. Please contact me if you wish to volunteer.

July is looking even busier than June with an event on every weekend as you will see listed in the “coming events”.

Cheers – Rick Staehr

Coming Events

1st July All British Day – Wakefield Park

8th July Round 3 Supersprint Series – Mallala

14th July Come & Try Hillclimb –Collingrove

15th July Round 3 Winter Cup Hillclimb – Collingrove

29th July Modern Regularity – Mallala

29th July All Make Swap Meet – Angle Park

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