Outsource IT Christmas at the Downs
Auckland’s weather turned nasty on December 14, and the Outsource IT Christmas at the Downs event took place in treacherous conditions with driving rain and wind — although a dry line did appear on the track for a short while in the afternoon. Unfortunately, the inclement weather reduced entry numbers to approximately 130 from the anticipated 180. Those who did brave the weather could not have found it easy on the track as there were numerous spins, near misses and offs. I remember when I used to race motocross bikes, and waking up the morning of a race to see the weather had taken a turn for the worse — that really makes you think twice as to whether you want to go racing for the day!
The card for this event included races for the Alfa Trofeo series, Arrow Wheels Sports & GT, PPG Classic Trials, AES Tradezone, and the 2K Cup. After an hour and a half delayed start waiting for the rain to ease, the racing finally took place, with the cars from the Alfa Trofeo series up first, and Gary Langsford in the Alfa 156 braving the conditions to win both the races. In the Classic Trials, this being round four of the series, Paul Couper in the MX-5 showed his consistency, once again coming out on top, which will cement his place at the head of the championship table.
The 2K Cup, which is only in its second season, was invented as a way to make it affordable for anybody to race cars with minimal modifications and a rego and WOF. Both races (Group 1 and Group 2) were reverse-grid starts, and they fielded 42 cars each. With the number of entries — and the ‘liquid sunshine’ — we were in for plenty of action and some great racing. In Group 2 Ray Williams, driving a 1993 Honda Integra, showed how it’s done to claim a win, notwithstanding a heart-stopping moment when he almost lost it on the last lap. Group 1 winner was Patrick Hodgson in a Toyota Curren.
In both races of the Arrow Wheels Sports & GTS, Ricky Cooper in the Datsun 240Z managed to keep the Ferrari 308 of John Honore at bay to claim victory, while in the AES/ Tradezone race, Gary Langsford went on to finish number one in his Alfa.
Although it was a thoroughly enjoyable day with action aplenty, I’m sure everyone will be hoping for better weather next time.