NSW Championships entertain at SMSP

Tuesday 12 April, 2022
Photos: Barry Sheaves
The Motorsport Australia NSW Motor Race Championship’s second round of the 2022 season took place on the weekend with around 160 entries competing in the meeting.
 
Held at Sydney Motorsport Park, there were eight categories in action over the course of the two-day race meeting with plenty of drama to occur throughout the three races within each.
 
Only one category had four races and it ended up producing some of the most thrilling action of the lot – the Mazda RX8 Cup.
 
Taking out the eventual win in the one-make series was William Harris, whose victory in the final race saw him beat the second placed Justin Barnes after the duo were locked on the same number of points leading into the finale.
 
Finishing third on the round standings was Jack Pennacchia. After securing pole and the race one win, a seventh place in the second race gave him all the work to do to salvage a good result – but unfortunately, he failed to finish on the podium in the remaining two races and couldn’t regain the lead.

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There was similar drama in Sports Sedans as a victory in the final race of the race round saw Scott Cameron take out top honours at the expense of national star Steven Lacey.
 
A strong start of pole and a race one win had kept him in the lead after a race two runner-up however, however it was a third race P6 that cost him and allowed Cameron to claim the victory despite crossing the line second to Birol Cetin.
 
Across the weekend, there were plenty of other drivers to win two races and that included Nathan Gotch in Formula Race Cars.
 
Finishing the first race in third behind AGI Sport teammates Gianmarco Pradel and Costa Tsoparis – Gotch won the remaining two after Pradel struggled in race two and couldn’t get back into the race.
 
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Sticking with open wheel racing, Peter White won the Supersports round despite only winning the final race after race one and two winner Alexander Kenny was one of three to retire in the finale.
 
Another driver to retire in that final race was GC Marine Australian Prototype Series star John-Paul Drake, who had already retired one during the weekend.
 
Simon Pace won two races in Formula Vee before finishing the final one in third - that outing belonging to Darren Williams who came out of the blue to win after taking the lead.
 
Improved Productions saw drivers enjoy perfect weekends with Trevan Spiteri beating Lachlan McBrien in every Over 2L race and Kurt Macready doing the same in all three of the Under 2L outings with Bob Jowett in second.

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The only other clean sweep of the weekend was James Piszcyk, who dominated the 16-car Formula Ford field with pole and three wins.
 
The next round of the Motorsport Australia NSW Motor Race Championship will be at Wakefield Park on 14-15 May.
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