Out­source IT Christ­mas at the Downs

New Zealand Classic Car - - Nationwide News Classic News & Views From All Arou - Words and Pho­tos Steve Ritchie

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.

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