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SMITH STEPS UP ON SATURDAY

24. January 2015

SMITH STEPS UP ON SATURDAY

MSC NZ F5000 series super-vet Ken Smith (Lola T332) remained unbeaten on the first day of racing at the second Gulf Oil Howden Ganley F5000 Festival historic motor racing meeting at Hampton Downs this afternoon, but not before rival Clark Proctor (March 73A/1) showed his hand. Proctor again shadowed Smith in qualifying in the morning, grabbed an early if ultimately ill-fated lead off the rolling start and - after tripping over himself and losing four places - set the fastest race lap as he stormed back through the field to claim a hard-won third. " Yes," the high-profile Auckland all-rounder said of what turned out to be an entertaining - and for the first time over the two Gulf Oil weekends - 100% incident-free MSC race. "We've been playing around with springs and bits and pieces trying to find that little bit that Ken has got over us and to be four-tenths quicker than him and get the fastest lap shows we are obviously getting somewhere." Smith was still quicker in qualifying - coincidentally by four-tenths - but Proctor got the better drive off the rolling start and drove round the outside of Smith to take the lead on the run to Turn 2. Smith wrested the lead back off Proctor on the left-right run over the hill from Turn 2 to 3 though, then Proctor lost one then two more places before the end of the lap as he bogged down out of Turn 5 then carried too much speed into the final corner (which his company, Metalman, owns the naming rights to.) "I chose to leave it in third gear but didn’t carry enough speed through five and bogged down, which let Steve Ross get up on me, then going into Metalman I probably got a little bit keen trying to protect my position and caught myself out in the marbles."

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POWER TO THE PORSCHES

22. January 2015

POWER TO THE PORSCHES

Porsche Carrera Cup Australia graduate Sam Power will race on the world stage this season competing in the international one-make championship, Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup. Power contested his maiden Carrera Cup Australia season in 2014, finishing sixth in a championship highlighted by his nomination to represent Australia in the Porsche International Cup Scholarship shoot-out in […]

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SRO JOIN SEPANG 12 HOURS: Possible Asia-Pacific Championship in future says Ratel.

19. January 2015

SRO JOIN SEPANG 12 HOURS: Possible Asia-Pacific Championship in future says Ratel.

The rapid growth of GT3 Endurance racing in the Asia Pacific region has just been given another boost with the news that the SRO Motorsports Group, promoters of the highly successful Blancpain Endurance Series, have signed a deal to help promote the annual Sepang 12 Hour race. The Sepang 12 Hours is one of the highlights of the Malaysian motorsport calendar and this year, will take place from December 4th to 6th 2015, in order to attract competitors from other championships and events. SRO’s ambition is to bring together teams from Asia, Australia and Europe in this true test for man and machine, with the gruelling heat and humidity making the event one of the toughest challenges of the season.

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CRICK TAKES ANOTHER CRACK AT BATHURST

19. January 2015

CRICK TAKES ANOTHER CRACK AT BATHURST

Experienced Tasmanian driver Greg Crick will complete the six-man JAMEC-PEM Racing squad for the 2015 Bathurst 12-Hour, team boss Steve McLaughlan confirming that the Bathurst veteran and 2014 12-Hour podium place-getter would form an integral part of their assault on the once-around-the-clock endurance event. “Cricky and I have been mates for years,” the former Australian GT Trophy Class champion admitted. “In fact the car I won my AGT title in, was Greg’s former Dodge Viper. I’ve been at him for 12-months to come and join us, and when we put this second team together, he was always going to be an integral part of the program.” Crick will jump behind the wheel of the newest JAMEC-PEM Audi R8 ultra alongside experienced Bathurst campaigner Warren Luff, and young international recruit Alessandro Latif.

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23. November 2014

FORMULA E MALAYSIA: BIRD IS THE WORD

FORMULA E MALAYSIA: BIRD IS THE WORD

Sam Bird cruised to victory in the 2014 FIA Formula E Ycapital Management Putrajaya ePrix ahead of championship-leader Lucas di Grassi and Sebastien Buemi. The Virgin Racing driver crossed the line to pick up the full 25 points and clinch his maiden ePrix win. Bird dedicated his win to former GP2 team-mate Jules Bianchi, who […]

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