CHAM­PI­ONSHIP OFF AND RAC­ING

Cockburn Gazette - - DRIVE WAY - Bill Buys

THE WA mo­tor rac­ing cham­pi­onship opened with a packed pro­gram for the Night­mas­ters event at Barba­gallo Race­way, with lots of ac­tion in all cat­e­gories.

The For­mula Vees had the same three fron­trun­ners in all three heats: Rod Lis­son in his Sabre lead­ing from the Jac­ers of David Camp­bell and Cody Hill.

There was a greater shuf­fling of podium spots in the F1000 races, which drew nine en­tries and should grow through­out the sea­son. They’re spec­tac­u­lar ma­chines and the cat­e­gory de­serves more sup­port.

Sam Dicker won the first heat from An­drew Bar­boutis and Rob Ap­p­le­yard but Bar­boutis took the next two heats, with Dicker sec­ond and An­drew Lisle third.

All were driv­ing Stohrs.

Rick Gill in his Fal­con emerged as win­ner of the first Sa­loon car race, beat­ing Grant John­son’s Com­modore and Rob Mar­con (Fal­con), but John­son won the next two.

The His­torics at­tracted some lovely – and very quick – oldies.

Graeme Wool­house took his Mus­tang to vic­tory in the first two heats, chased by Ric Tarr (Ca­maro) and Bill Meeke (Fal­con Ral­lye Sprint) in the first sleek Pic­tures: Travis Barnes race, and Daniel Car­ru­can (To­rana GTR) and Meeke in the sec­ond.

But Greg Barr took the last race in his To­rana GTR, with Car­ru­can sec­ond and Cono Ono­faro third in his MiniCooper.

The Im­proved Pro­duc­tion Cars class is often dom­i­nated by the 6.0litre mus­cle­cars, and such was the case in the first heat, with Dion Panizza and Matt Stiles in Com­modores tak­ing first and sec­ond spots, with Barry Balti­nas third in his 3.2litre BMW.

But the lit­tle Bavar­ian car led the way in the next two heats, with Balti­nas fin­ish­ing ahead of the thun­der­ing Stiles and Panizza duo.

Grant Hill won all the GT heats in his V8 Su­per­car Fal­con BF, with David Boland sec­ond in his Ford AU.

An­thony Martin leads ri­val Vic­tor Fran­zoni in the week­end's Grand Prix of St Peters­burg.

The start of the Im­proved Pro­duc­tion Car race, dom­i­nated by the BMW (right). Be­low left: Grant Hill's V8 Su­per­car Fal­con spits out a big flame as it pow­ers to vic­tory in the GT class; Be­low right: Den­ver Parker's Sky­line R33 shows the heavy de­mand on brakes.

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