CHAMPIONSHIP OFF AND RACING
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.