Club hoping weather woes are in the past

26/06/2018 // by admin

Motor sport
Nanjing Night Net

LEETON Motor Sports Club will be hoping Mother Nature is going to be kinder next weekend when it runs the re-scheduled meeting on May 31.

The club had to postpone its last event on April 12 due to wet weather at the end of the month will host the NSW state title for production sedans.

Members will be keen to give the travellers a run for their money on their home track.

The later date means there has been more interest from out-of-state competitors and current Australian and Queensland title-holder Tim Atkins will make the trip to Leeton to take on the fastest track in Australia.

Atkins took out the Australian title at Gympie on April 24, with Leeton members Wayne Bourke and Paul Whyte also making the journey.

Whyte, from Coolamon, had a bad start with a DNF on the first night of heats placing him well back in the points. He was also having trouble trying to find a set-up for the unique track.

Out of a field of 55 cars, Whyte qualified his car out of position two in the C main race. He was able to hold that spot, which meant he could then tag himself on the rear of the field in the B main.

Whyte had a bad start in that race and as the locals tried to get in the top four to make sure they had a spot in the A main, they took Whyte out of the race within the first few laps and he was forced to sit out the rest of the event.

Bourke had a mixed bag, starting the weekend off well he was in the top 15 quickest cars after practice with only half a second between the top 20 cars. He described it as like being V8 Supercars with the close times and on the first night the track meant he was chasing his car for set-up.

“The track is very different from other speedway tracks,” Bourke said.

“Besides being on a hill, it seemed like there was about a 100m rise in it from the lowest point to the highest, that was a challenge in itself, coming down the hill someone decided to place a right-hand turn in the track with the wall very close, then when you get around the right hander they then had a tight left-hand hairpin.

“It was one of the hardest tracks I have ever raced on for set-up. I was happy with the gearing I chose for the track, with my car just about stalling at the hairpin, but by the time I made it to the top of the hill my rev limiter was bouncing hard.”

Bourke finished fourth in his first heat, had a DNF in the second and fourth in the third to be running 28th in points. On the last night of racing he was able to get a grip on set-up and starting out of sixth spot in the last heat brought his car home in second in a nail-biting finish, 0.006 behind the leader.

Bourke was still down on points, but qualified seventh in the B main, which meant a top-four finish to make the A main. With great driving, Bourke got his car into third spot in the 20-lap race.

The pit crew had to fix the damage to Bourke’s car with only one race to do it in. He got his car ready and started out of 19th in the A main.

After a good start, Bourke worked his way up to 14th before he got tangled up in someone else’s mess and was forced to retire race.

Now he is looking forward to the NSW titles in Leeton.

Other classes on May 31 will be the Victorian title for GOSA sedans, Wilby Park cars, Vic sport cars and standards. Depending how Wayne Aylett’s super sedan fares tomorrow night at Wahgunyah, he may do some hot laps around his home track in a race against the clock.

Racing starts at 4pm with a huge field and a great nights of entertainment.

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