Spectators enjoy close racing at September Meet

The WA Sporting Car Club welcomed over 100 competitors to the September race meet with spectators filling the hills around Wanneroo Raceway’s park-and-view areas on Saturday 5th September.

The morning qualifying sessions started out on a slightly damp track with Turn 1 proving to be a challenge for some competitors as they navigated the variable conditions of the track.

The 17 strong Formula Ford field was hotly contested all day with Andy Malkin qualifying 0.3419 seconds ahead of Benjamin Leslie with Mark Pickett 0.1254 behind.

Race 1 and 2 saw Mark Pickett and Andy Malkin taking out wins respectively and finishing second behind the other in the alternate race. Race 3 was a hotly contested race with Andy Malkin battling Mark Pickett swapping the lead on various laps until Pickett had a mechanical failure a few laps from home. This then setup a battle between Andy Malkin and Craig Jorgensen with the latter edging out Andy Malkin on a final straight drag to the finish with a 0.0384 gap. The retirement of Pickett led to Malkin picking up the round win.

In the WA Excel Cup category, 19 cars started the day and provided the spectators with plenty of close racing from the tightly controlled category. It was a show of the up and coming racer versus the seasoned racer for most of the day with Jack Clohessy outqualifying Robert Landsmeer by 0.140 seconds, the first race was a close affair with Landsmeer finishing 0.3131 ahead of Clohessy however that was about as close as it got for the rest of the day.

Race 2 saw Cameron Atkins split Robert Landsmeer and Jack Clohessy with the time between Atkins and Landsmeer over 3 seconds as the chequered flag fell. Race 2 also saw a massive incident with Jackson Callo as he exited turn 4, the youngster walking away from the incident.

With a final 3rd race reduced down to 16 runners, the middle of the field battle between Anthony Jewell, Ryan McNess and Cooper Smart ended with a spread of just 0.2111 between the three of them.

The Saloon Car PRO category was clearly the Grant Johnson and Brad Boley show while back in the PRO-AM category the Marc Watkins took out the round win with youngster Chase Hoy putting in a massive 3rd race effort after suffering numerous mechanical fails during the day starting from the rear of the grid and finishing 4th but promoted to 3rd after Michael Holdcroft received a 5 second penalty.

Other round results included

Street Cars – Paul Kluck

Holden HQ – Adam Butler

Sports Sedans / Sports Cars – Ron Moller / Arthur Abrahams

Historic Touring Car Categories – Graeme Woolhouse / Cono Onofaro / Clinton Rayner and Bill Schipper

The WA Sporting Car Club will return to Wanneroo Raceway in mid October for its next race meet with spectators still to be welcomed back to the park and view areas for just $5 per car.

For details about upcoming race dates, visit wascc.com.au