NA­TION­WIDE EVENTS Clas­sic events from around New Zealand

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Wil­liams won the first Ar­rows race, while Gareth Samp­son in an­other Ford Capri won the sec­ond, with My­gind tak­ing the fi­nal race, al­beit by just 0.363 of a sec­ond when he over­took Samp­son on the fi­nal lap.

His­toric For­mula Ford rac­ing is for For­mula Ford open­wheel­ers built be­tween 1967 and 1989, and in­cludes the likes of Lola, Van Diemen, and Swift. All three races were rel­a­tively straight­for­ward, with no in­ci­dents. Keith Main­land, who is of­ten fea­tured near the top of the field, once again showed nei­ther he nor the car had lost any speed in the off-sea­son, and they dom­i­nated through­out the three races.

The Alfa Tro­feo Se­ries was an­other to kick off its sea­son this week­end. The Tro­feo races are made up of sev­eral classes — the GTA Class, GT Jr Class, Ve­loce Class, Tro­feo Class, and over­all hand­i­cap. Si­mon Mills in an Alfa Sud Ti was stag­ger­ingly fast in the first race, lead­ing from start to fin­ish. His time dif­fer­ence at the che­quered flag was 18.2 sec­onds. Race two was lead all the way by the Alfa GT of John Nuthall. The red flag was waved to­wards the end when Alex Schultz and Max Van Maa­nen came to­gether in the fi­nal turn, thus end­ing their day with an ex­pen­sive re­pair bill and dam­aged egos. Race three was the hand­i­cap race, which made for a com­pacted fin­ish. Ross Olifent in his Alfa 33, start­ing last, grad­u­ally made his way through the field to ap­proach the che­quered flag first.

All Comer Sa­loons Pre 1993 is a rel­a­tively new class and, as such, did not have too many en­trants. Ray Wil­liams was en­tered with his Per­ana V8 and did not dis­ap­point, win­ning all three races.

The pop­u­lar Cas­trol BMW Race Driver Se­ries in­cluded the 2.0-litre, E30, and Open classes. With high num­bers of com­peti­tors, rac­ing was very close, as demon­strated when a five-car pile-up oc­curred at turn one in the sec­ond E30 race — not sur­pris­ing with 45 cars on track all vy­ing for po­si­tion and start­ing in re­verse or­der. An­thony Tork went on to win this race, while the first and third races were won by Phillip Smurth­waite. In the 2.0-litre races, Peter Ball dom­i­nated in his 320i, win­ning the first and third races, while, in the sec­ond, Alexan­dra Clark, in an E46, got the high ground over Ball, lead­ing from start to fin­ish.

The BMW Open class rounded off the week­end’s rac­ing. This fea­tures out­ra­geous ma­chines such as Robert Berggren’s E46 GTR and An­dre Mor­timer’s M3 GTR. An­other of the stand­out cars in the field was Michael Del­mont’s rare 1975 2002 Turbo. This was the first tur­bocharged car that BMW pro­duced, of which only 1672 were re­ported to have ever been built. Although this class is split be­tween A, B, and C, it was An­drew Nu­gent who dom­i­nated the day in his M3, win­ning the first and sec­ond races. The speed of the top cars was phe­nom­e­nal, as demon­strated by Mor­timer in a M3 GTR, who started his third race with a one-lap hand­i­cap — but, come the fi­nal lap (lap eight) he was in the lead.

If the rac­ing at the Ice­breaker was any­thing to go by, we are in for a grand 2016/’17 sea­son, and, with the likes of the His­toric For­mula 1 cars and the For­mula Ju­nior Di­a­mond Ju­bilee head­ing our way, next year’s event is also one to look for­ward to.

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