Successful Symmons 6-hour Regularity proves big hit
Tuesday 05 December, 2023
The 7.62 Racing Division Mitsubishi Lancer won the Symmons 6-hour Regularity (Photos: Autocraft Baskerville 1000)
The Hobart Sporting Car Club hosted the popular Symmons 6-hour Regularity last weekend, with a field of 26 cars completing more than 2500 laps of the iconic circuit.
Taking place over one day, each entered vehicle started off with a score of zero and received five points for laps within one second of their nominated time, while also losing points for every lap outside of a second.
After completing 242 laps, it was 7.62 Racing Division that claimed the overall victory after Paul Giddings, Nigel Clark, and Owen Clark steered their Mitsubishi Lancer to a strong score of 995.
In what proved a fierce battle for top honours, 7.62 Racing Division managed to edge out Team Newie by just five points at the conclusion of the day, with the runner-up outfit ending the day with 990 points.
With Glen Newman, Lachlan Newman, and Daniel Newman behind the wheel of a Mitsubishi Magna, the second-place getters were highly consistent across the day but fell short when it mattered, as they completed eight more laps than the winners.
While the battle for the outright win was close, the fight for the final podium position was even closer, with two teams eventually drawing for the place.
Ending the weekend on 935 points was the Storm Racing Hyundai FX Coupe of Neville Rattray, Anthony Viney, and Scott Grant, and the Hiroshima Screamer Racing Mazda 323 of Jeremy O'Neill, Shane O'Neill, and Stephen Boustea.
Although the two entries were equal on points at the conclusion of the event, the Hyundai FX Coupe was initially awarded the victory due to having completed 242 laps – four fewer than the Mazda. However, the organizing committee opted to award both crews with the podium post-event.
Rounding out the top five was another Mazda 323 – this time, it was the Madaz Racing entry of Jamie Bayles, Robby Bayles, and Luke Bishop – the trio ending the event with a solid score of 885 after 250 laps.