Tassie Circuit Championships wrap up with a bang

Tuesday 23 November, 2021
Photos: Angryman Photography
The Motorsport Australia Tasmanian Circuit Championships held the sixth and final round of its 2021 season on the weekend with around 100 competitors running in the two-day race meeting.
 
Taking place at Baskerville Raceway, eight categories and one regularity made up the schedule with each getting around five races/sessions on track. 
 
The event also hosted a special Boss of Baskerville race to wrap the event, with the race ultimately being won by Phil House in his BMW E30 Alpina. 
 
In what proved an epic showing from the driver, House was as low as a ninth on the first lap and worked his way through the field, making up as much as four positions between laps four and five.

He then sat in third place until gaining the lead on the last lap as leader Michael Cross failed to finish and the second placed Mick Williams couldn’t capitalise on the retirement – House instead storming home a two second win.

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The race was representative of a large collection of other categories who didn’t have one driver dominate the weekend.
 
In the five regularity sessions, only one driver scored the most points on multiple occasions, with Rick Burt claiming just an eight-point victory over Bruce Thomas, despite the latter not winning any sessions himself.

Just like the regularities, only eight points separated the two drivers in the Hyundai Excels as Josh Webster pipped Charlie Parker in the final race of the weekend. 
 
Leading up to the finale, both drivers had won two races each, but it was Parker who was ahead by just two points after Webster had finished fourth in race three. 
 
However, when it came to the final outing of the weekend worth double points, Webster ended up taking out the win at the expense of Parker who finished third.

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The next closest battle came in the HQ Holdens where Phil Ashlin overcame race one winner Otis Cordwell to take out the remaining four races and win the round by 14 points.
 
It was a similar story in the combined Racing & Sports Cars as Rod Bender won four out of the five races, including the double points final race, with his biggest challenger in Phil Sutton finishing with the only other win, three runner-up placings and a third place. 
 
In Historic Touring Cars, category winner Michael Cross was again in thick of the action, only this time he overcame a race retirement to claim the honours.
 
The Holden Torana XU1 driver had a strong start to the weekend, winning the opening two rounds while multiple drivers behind him were fighting out of the other top three positions.
 
However, while the race three DNF almost undid his good work, neither driver who picked up a top three in the opening race scored decent points, giving him a lucky escape.
 
The race was won by Scott Cordwell who had scored no points in either of the opening two races.
 
Cordwell guided his Torana to a second consecutive victory ahead of Cross, who had clawed his way back into second, and the round leader then solidified round honours after winning the final race.
 
Taking out second place was another Torana driver in Scotty Taylor, who was one of only two drivers to finish all five races. 

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Like Cross, Honni Pitt enjoyed a dominant win on paper in his respective category but was quite fortunate results swung his way as he was able to get the round win.
 
The Mitsubishi Lancer Evo driver had finished second for the opening three races in the Sports GT A, B & C field, losing out to David Paine in his Holden Commodore Ute on all three occasions.
 
However, when Paine failed to finish either the fourth or fifth race, it handed Pitt the outright round victory after he comfortably won both races.
 
The remaining three categories saw individual drivers enjoy a perfect record as Matthew Grace (Improved Production), Brad Sherriff (Sports Sedans) and Wade McLean (Formula Vee) all enjoyed five wins from five races.
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