Sporting Directors Report

Sporting Directors Report

March 2021

Motorsport events are starting to get a bit of a roll on, still with restrictions but with a little bit more freedom than what we’ve had for a while. March 20/21 will see the running of the “HSRCA Autumn Festival” at Wakefield Park raceway. “Team Hunter” members Steve Jones, Matt & Austin Blanch will be competing.

I would love to be there but as usual work prevents me from competing. Hopefully if COVID restrictions allow there should be some Victorian MGs competing in the event & would be worth having a look at, as there are some very quick MGs in this group.

I competed on Feb 7 in a Hillclimb at MGCCN Ringwood Park. The event saw a maximum of over 70 cars competing on the long A4 course. The day started out looking as though it might rain but cleared up as the day went on. I managed to take almost 2 secs of my previous best time for this course so I came away happy with that. Thanks to MGCCN for another enjoyable day of Motorsport.

The newest member of “Team Hunter”, Tai Piper competed in his second “GEAR” event at Wakefield Park on Feb 10. He initially ran in the “Mount Druitt” newcomers group for the 2 morning events & then it was decided that he should have a run in the “Oran Park” group to gain some experience in a bigger group with more cars on the track. He seemed to handle this ok & enjoyed the challenge. Unfortunately one of the cars dropped an oil cooler hose off which necessitated a time consuming clean up of the track & not all the groups got they’re 4th run in for the day, my group being one of them. Tai did manage to get a 4th run in & managed to become yet another victim of the dreaded fishhook corner & finished up doing some landscaping in the infield (probably lucky I wasn’t watching at the time) but the only damage done was to his pride, as Austin Blanch would say he found the limit.

I had an enjoyable day competing in the “Amaroo” group with a great bunch of sports cars & tin tops. I managed to lower my P/B by almost a second, with Tai taking almost 2 seconds of his best time. I guess one of the most pleasing things about the day was that the 2 changes that I had made to the “B” since the last “GEAR” meeting have made a difference & this was reflected in our improved lap times. The gains are minimal each time we make changes but we continue to get a bit quicker which is pleasing.

Thanks to the “GEAR” officials & helpers who make the day possible also thanks to the Wakefield Park staff who always make you feel welcome.

I’m heading to Bathurst this weekend to watch the Bathurst 500, which is the first time they have run a sprint event there for years, so should be good, A bonus will be the Touring Car Masters (real cars) that are also running there over the W/E. At this time of the year we normally go to watch the Bathurst 12hr race but it was decided to cancel this event due to COVID, because of the difficulty of getting the international teams into Australia, hopefully it will be on again next year.

Coming Events
March 20-21 HSRCA Autumn Festival Wakefield Park
April 14 GEAR Wakefield Park
April 24 Hillclimb MGCC Ringwood Park

Remember drive them don’t hide them. Enjoy your MG I know that I do.

Cheers, Gary.