Day 2 of the Muscle Car Masters looked significantly better than the day before. The sky was much brighter with patches of blue keeping the spectators warm as they wandered through the paddock or simply watched from the grandstand. The weather suddenly turned later in the day with a brief shower that saturated the track during the Heritage Touring Car event. The sun made a cameo appearance for the final Sports Sedan race shortly after.
Kumho Tyre Australian V8 Touring Car Series.
Tyler Everingham claimed two from three wins across the weekend to open a healthy lead over Jack Smith in the Kumho Tyre Australian V8 Touring Car Series, though he didn’t have things all his own way. He was again slow away in the morning race as Zac Best stormed to the head of the field. Everigham was cautious as he moved towards the back of the blue and white Falcon of teammate Best. Tyler eventually found a way past and moved away for a comfortable win from Best and Jim Pollicina.
The clouds darkened as the Kumho field prepared for their final race and then dropped a significant shower of rain on the track just before the pit lane was opened. The rain quickly stopped but the field was faced with greasy conditions for their race. John McCorkindale may have benefited from his prior speedway career as he slid the Dial Before You Dig BF Falcon into the lead. He held out Zac Best for a 1 second win, with Tyler Everigham 3rd. Brendan Strong was the only dnf of the race, dropping out on the 8th lap of the 12 lap journey.
Thomas Randle took a clean sweep of victories in the Skye Sands SAAB, with another two wins on Sunday. Tony Ricciardello got the jump on Randle at the start of the second race, only for Randle to retake the lead shortly after. Ricciardello encountered a brake balance issue as he tried to catch the leader and spun at the last turn late in the race. Ricciardello re-joined down the order and fought back through the field to finish 6th. Steven Tamasi took 2nd and Steven Lacey was 3rd. Shane Woodman was involved in an incident which left his immaculate red and white BMW with some damage. He was a non starter for the final race.
Randle looked to be in trouble despite taking the lead in the final race when his rear diffuser parted company with the car on the approach to turn 1. The large section of bodywork slid off the racing lines and officials made the decision to continue without the use of the Safety Car. Ricciardo took a couple of laps to work his way back through the pack while Randle set to establish a sizable lead. Tony Ricciardello did close to within a couple of seconds, though Thomas Randle managed to maintain a healthy lead to the end of the race. Steven Tamasi took 3rd from Phil Crompton in the Mustang.
TA2 Main Image – Race Start – Photo: John Morris
Ashley Jarvis continued on his winning way on Sunday, the closest his rivals got to the silver and blue Camaro was during the rolling starts. Once the green flag waved, Jarvis drew away from the field. Aaron Seton struggled to move forward in the first Sunday race and finished mid pack. Russell Wright and Hugh McAlister completed the podium. Seton bounced back to claim a well earned second in the final race with Wright 3rd.
Heritage Touring Cars.
Norman Mogg took the wins on Sunday in the Heritage Touring Car races as Gregory Keam struck trouble in the final race of the day. Mogg established a big lead in both races which Keam was unable to chase down. Keam’s Mustang appeared to suffer from a mechanical late in the final race and slowed dramatically on the entry to the main straight.
Group N Historic Touring Cars.
Andrew Taite’s weekend came unstuck with a dnf in race 3, which led to him not being able to start in the final race of the weekend. The race also saw the demise of the Greg Schwenke Mazda RX2.
James Tilley won the 3rd race in his Mustang, from Christopher Thomas in a Torana, while Ben Wilkinson made it 2 Mustangs on the podium in 3rd.
Ben Wilkinson won the final from Christopher Thomas and David Wall rounded out the top 3 in the ex-Bob Jane Monaro.