HSRCA ends 2019 with sensational festival

Wednesday 04 December, 2019
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The Historic Sports and Racing Car Association (HSRCA) has finished the 2019 season with a bang after a successful Summer Festival at Sydney Motorsport Park.
 
With more than 200 entries across seven categories, spectators were treated to one of the club’s best weekends for the year as a strong mix of classic and vintage cars enjoyed some fast racing.
 

From the regular Group N,O and P categories to the open wheel cars of Formula Vee and Formula Ford, there was much to like about the club’s final festival for the year.

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Following the successful conclusions of a big year for the HSRCSA, club president Richard Cardew was happy with the way the event unfolded. 

“We were very pleased with the meeting. It ran really well, as most of them do,” Cardew said.
 

“We had a very good entry level and the drivers were looked after so they were happy. With around 220 entries part of the event, it’s encouraging to know that it ran so smoothly – so a big thanks to all those who helped put on the event.

“The event had larger than expected fields in Groups M and O – particular O and quite a few Victorians came up to compete in the category’s Dawson Damer Trophy Race.

“The Festival also had a strong QR field and the first time running of the BMC challenge, where we put midgets, sprites and minis into a race. The event seemed successful so we will continue that for our next meetings.
 

“It’s been a really busy year and very full calendar and we’re really happy the way things turned out and that we could finish the way we did.”

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As for the results of the weekend, while there were X categories all putting on a show, there were specific races which drew the attention and 

One of the festival’s headline acts came in the form of the 16th race of the weekend as 36 cars competed in the Group S Enduro.
 
Porsche 911 Carrera driver Kevin Luke took out the 22-lap race with Class SB winner Simon Meyer steering his MG Midget to an outright runner-up finish over another Porsche 911 Carrera car driven by Bryan Taylor.
 

Behind the wheel of the Triumph TR3A, Andrew Gibson was the best of the SA class drivers.

The other major event to run over the weekend was the Group LMO’s Dawson Damer Trophy Race which attracted a number of interstate competitors.

It ended up being the Victorians who took out bragging rights as Andrew Robson came away with the race win in his Brabham BT30 over fellow statesman Laurie Bennett in the Elfin 600.
 
The Elfins were also on display during the Group QR Sports & Racing category, which featured a host of famous cars, including Ian Buddery’s March 86C Indy car and Benjamin Tebbutt’s S.P.A Formula Brabham.
 

However, it was the Elfin MS7 of Thomas Tweedie who was dominant in the category, grabbing four wins from four races

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The Elfins then got their own time to shine during a special sprint demonstration together Formula Vees, which saw fans get a look at the cars on display.

One of the final major races came through the BMC Challenge which saw MG Midget driver Simon Meyer come away with victory over Chris Collett in the Morris Cooper S.

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