Tas­man Re­vival Se­ries Opener

New Zealand Classic Car - - Nationwide News Classic News & Views From All Arou - Words: Ross Mackay Pho­tos: Fast Com­pany / Dar­ren Sy­monds

Young gun Tom Tweedie (Chevron B24) dom­i­nated the open­ing round of the 2014–’15 MSC For­mula 5000 Tas­man Re­vival Se­ries at the an­nual His­toric Sandown meet­ing held re­cently in Mel­bourne.

Clark Proc­tor (March 73A/1) pre­served Kiwi hon­our with the se­cond-quick­est time to join Tweedie on the front row of the grid from lo­cals Paul Zazryn (Lola T332) and Bryan Sala (Matich A50), and fel­low Kiwi, Steve Ross (Mcrae GM1).

The se­cond day of rac­ing on Sun­day saw two more races, a qual­i­fy­ing heat in the morn­ing and a fea­ture in the af­ter­noon. The fea­ture proved an­other Tweedie ben­e­fit, but the morn­ing heat even­tu­ally went to 2013 MSC se­ries cham­pion, Steve Ross, the Dunedin driver get­ting the jump on Tweedie at the start, with much of the rest of the race run be­hind the Safety Car fol­low­ing a spec­tac­u­lar open­ing-lap crash, at the end of Sandown’s long back straight, which saw the Lola T332 of top lo­cal driver Paul Zazryn spin and hit the out­side safety bar­ri­ers. While the car was heav­ily dam­aged, Zazryn was un­hurt.

For­tu­nately the main event was vir­tu­ally in­ci­dent-free, with Tweedie rac­ing to an early mar­gin, and com­ing home some 15 sec­onds clear of a race-long bat­tle for se­cond, re­solved on the last lap be­tween Ki­wis Proc­tor and Ross in that or­der.

MSC NZ F5000 Tas­man Cup Re­vival Se­ries His­toric Sandown round win­ner Tom Tweedie leads the field

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