Tasman Revival Series Opener
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.