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SuperSports Round 2 Race Report

April 11, 2016

 

After some great racing action at Wakefield Park last month, Super Sports headed to Sydney Motorsport Park for Round 2 of the NSW championship. Series regulars Greg Smith and Kim Burke were missing from the action due to a broken shoulder and Targa Tasmania commitments respectively, But Greg still came in to be a part of the event from the sidelines. Making up for their loss there were 2 new drivers in Peter Clare and Simon Meade plus series rookie Greg Kenny with only one race under his belt, all 3 driving Radical SR3’s for their foray into the series. We also had Nick Kelly (Radical SR8), Darren Barlow (Stohr), Oliver Smith (SR3) and Chris Sutton (SR3) and for the first time, this weekend PRB’s were sharing the track in an effort to make sure both series had a strong grid numbers.

 

Friday practice started with a couple of interrupted sessions but it was still a good chance for the new racers to settle in and also gave the others that could attend a chance to get familiar with SMSP in its extended Brabham circuit layout. The seldom used extra loop with its twists, turns and undulations taking the lap length out to 4.5km and providing a new challenge to competitors at a familiar venue.

Saturday dawned as a the sort of beautiful Sydney day you see on postcards, and qualifying got under way just after 9am. The 20 minute session proved quite exciting and while Darren Barlow took pole with some margin, behind him the grid placings were hotly contested with the order shuffling every lap. In the end Oliver Smith who’d missed practice came out on top to claim a slot on the front row, while Chris Sutton, tweaks to his car proving effective, managed to take 3rd ahead of Nick Kelly, who was clearly still getting re-acquainted with his SR8 after driving a few other cars recently. Of the newcomers, Peter Clare gave an indication of his form, edging out his friend and therefore arch rival Greg Kenny by just 14 hundredths of a second, with Simon Meade just 9 tenths of a second behind the battle.

Some consternation about the standing start for Race 1 on the downhill grid at SMSP led to handbrakes being fitted to a few cars on Friday night, and Meade used this to assist him with an amazing getaway, launching himself ahead of both Kenny and Clare on the row ahead. Up front eyes were on Kelly who also made a blinding start and leveraged the power of his SR8 to go from 4th on the grid to lead the charge down to Turn 1. 

 

A close race ensued with Barlow chasing down Kelly, and while Barl