Thrilling battles headline NSW Motor Race season opener

Tuesday 01 March, 2022
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The Motorsport Australia NSW Motor Race Championships kicked off its 2022 season at Wakefield Park on the weekend with an impressive line-up of categories on show throughout the two days. 
More than 150 entries across seven categories featured in the race weekend with the Production Touring Cars acting as one of the major attractions for the event.
Twenty-eight entries were part of the jam packed entry list, which saw them split into the groups for qualifying and multiple sprint sessions, before the endurance race ran on Sunday.
Talented steerer Jimmy Vernon ended up taking out top spot in the one-hour long race, comfortably beating Dimitri Agathos and Harrison Cooper by 19 seconds.

While Vernon won the race in his Shockwave Signs Motorsport Mitsubishi Evolution, both Agathos and Cooper were locked in a tight battle for second place, but after the full 60 minutes, it was the former in his Subaru WRX STi who crossed the line half a second faster.

Boasting the largest field for the day was the Formula Vee Championship with 29 competitors entered in the weekend.
While no one driver dominated the day, Daniel Reynolds ended the round with the best record, picking up a race win and two second place finishes, while Simon Pace was the next best thanks to two podium finishes and a race win.

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It was a similar pool of results in the Supersports with three different drivers enjoying top honours in each race.
Peter White was the first to be victorious with a tight win over Darren Barlow before positions were reversed in the second race. Barlow secured the round win after finishing second behind Alex Kenny while White finished fourth.
There was plenty of drama in the Sports Sedans with Precision National Sports Sedan Series star Steven Lacey in the thick of the action.
Unfortunately, the Chevrolet Camaro 201 driver only managed to finish the final race, which he won, but it counted for little after he unfortunately retired in both the opening two races after claiming pole.
Taking out the race wins at the expense of Lacey was Birol Cetin, who finished second in the final race.

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One of the most entertaining categories for the weekend were the HQ Holdens, which saw multiple drivers battling it out for top spot.
In the end, it was Matt Barker who enjoyed two race wins and a podium, while Jason Molle enjoyed a decent record himself, winning the other race and finishing on the podium twice.
There was only one clean sweep to occur throughout the weekend with Nathan Gotch dominating the Formula Race field.
Gotch was in a league of his own throughout the weekend, winning every race by more than seven seconds, while making up the minor positions in all three races were Gotch’s AGI Sport teammate Adam Gotch and Greg Muddle - the former finishing with the better record thanks to his two runner-up placings.

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The final category for the race meeting were the Superkarts who had all four races on the Sunday – Lee Vella enjoying top honours after finishing with three wins and a podium place.
The only other driver to enjoy a race win for themselves was Paul Campbell, who produced a wonderful performance after finishing the opening two races out of the top three. 
The next round of the Motorsport Australia NSW Motor Race Championships takes place at Sydney Motorsport Park on 9-10 April.
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