WA race meet heats up

Tuesday 26 July, 2022
Photos: Turn 7 Media
Competitors running the WA Sporting Car Club’s latest meet at Wanneroo Raceway braved the wet weather to put on a show for attending spectators.
 
With torrential rain causing all sorts of chaos on the opening day of the club’s two-day July round, there were six categories who enjoyed up to three races each on Saturday before a further four categories experienced drier conditions on Sunday.
 
More than 80 competitors took part in the opening day, which included popular categories such as the Historic Touring Cars, WASCC Time Challenge Series, Sports Sedans and Cars and Improved Production.
 
There were plenty of drivers to dominate their respective classes, including Improved Production cars winner Michael Sciorio who won all three of the Improved Production Cars races in his Subaru WRX – as did Elliott Cleary in Formula Ford.
 
Other entertaining round victories went to young Radical Australia Cup gun Elliot Schutte, who edged out Caleb Sumich by three points, while Grant Hill and Walter Epple both enjoyed success in a Sport Sedan & Sport Cars field where there was plenty of attrition.

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In the Historic Touring Cars, Simon Northey and Cono Onofaro were the stars of the category, however it was the former had the outright edge over the latter with two wins to one.
 
Rounding out the categories for the day was the WASCC Time Challenge Series, which saw Ryan Appleby take out top honours over Paul Van Den Rydt after being the most consistent in two of the three regularity sessions.
 
Sunday’s action saw 63 competitors across four categories in action with the main event being the Excel Cup 100.
 
Contesting the event were 17 teams, but it was the dynamic duo of Harry Douglas and Andrew Malkin who came away with both the Excel Cup 100 win and outright round honours.

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The duo had finished the opening race with a victory having started in fourth place, but then lost out to Jake Passaris and Tom Hamlett in the second race.
 
Douglas and Malkin then produced a faultless effort during the 39-lap endurance race to cross the finish line 10 seconds ahead of Liam Gretgrix and Wayne Milburn.
 
Other results for the weekend saw Jason Pryde top the Trans Am field courtesy of a race three win, David Caisley beat Franz Esterbauer in Formula Vee and Matt Martin snatch the Saloon Cars win, despite being the last of the classified drivers in the final race.

The next round for the WA Sporting Car Club will be again be at Wanneroo Raceway on 17-18 September. 
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