Driver - Will White
Driver - Brett Gascoigne
Driver - Mark Dobson
Driver - Simon Gunson
ROUND-UP - McRae Motorsport Rallysprint, Round 5
Being the final round of the McRae Motorsport Rallysprint Series, the battle for both Outright and Class Series Trophies was on in earnest.
Troy Wilson in his Evo 7 was straight out of the blocks in winning form with the fastest overall time on his first run. Jamie Lister / Steph Esterbauer in their STI was nipping at his Troy boots on their first run but mechanical difficulties put paid to any aspirations of taking a Round 5 trophy home. Steph was however hedging her bets by also Co-driving for Mark Greenham in his Evo 7…a bet that paid off with 2nd outright. Will White / Matt Thompson (Evo 9) were on a mission to not only to take home an outright trophy but also a win in the 4WD up to 3500cc Class. Unfortunately, despite challenging Troy for the win on the first two runs, Will’s gearbox conspired against him on the 3rd run, but some smooth talking ensure Will returned for the 4th run in a borrowed Evo but it was in vain as Matt James Wallace / Ben White’s trouble free run in their Nissan GTR ensured that they stepped onto the podium in 3rd outright relegating will to 4th.
The close fought action continued through all the classes
I -2WD up to 2000cc, Foky Fok had another change of Co-Driver, with Ben
Pang on the notes this time, and it would appear that it doesn’t matter who is
Co-Driving. Changing Co-Drivers doesn’t appear
to slow Foky down as his clean sweep of all 5 rounds testifies. Paul Bartlett / Paul Helm bought their
immaculate Ford Escort home in 2nd followed closely by Cam Stubber /
Marcus Seah in their 2014 Toyota GT86.
Denver Parker / Jackie Alderton’s 1993 Nissan Skyline, complete with new gearbox bits took a well deservedclass win in Class II – 2WD over 2000cc. Talk about Mr Consistency, all of Denver’s 4 runs were within less than 0.5 seconds of each other.
Simon Gunson in his awesome sounding Ford Capri Perana finished in 2nd place with Rod Willis / Ian Drury’s Mazda MX5 in 3rd
Given Troy Wilson had fitted a ‘stroker’ to his Evo prior to Round 5, and hence mobbing into a different class, Will White / Matt Thompson thought they would have it all their own way in Class III – 4WD up to 3.5L. It would appear that Mark Greenham / Steph Estebauer (Evo 7) had different plans bringing home the class win with a 12 second gap back to Will & Matt with Matt O’Neill / Mandy Lister bring the Swan Valley Diesel STI home in 3rd, only 0.27 seconds further back.
In Class IV 4wd over 3500cc, the recently ‘stroked’ Troy Wilson’s Evo knocked Round 4 winner Matt James-Wallace / Ben White off the top step and into 2nd in their 1993 Nissan Skyline GTR R32. Another Nissan, this time the R35 of Nick Hansen / Taelor-James Baptista, finished 3rd in class.
Congratulations to the Class and Outright Winners at Round 5 of the 2015/16 McRae Motorsport Rallysprint Series:
1st - Troy Wilson / Various, 2001 Mitsubishi Evo 7
2nd - Mark Greenham / Steph Esterbauer, 2001 Mitsubishi Evo 7
3rd - Matt James-Wallace / Ben White, 1993 Nissan Sklyline R32 GTR
ABOUT THE SHANNONS TARGA RALLYSPRINT SERIES
The Shannons Targa Rallysprint Series is a five round series for Tarmac Rally cars with rounds held between November and March. To enter, all you need is a car that meets all the required safety standards for brakes, tyres and seat belts. The only additional equipment required is helmets for the driver and co-driver and a fire extinguisher. At only $200 per entry, it's great motorsport value with 4 runs over the 3.25 km Special Stage. Held mid week on a Thursday night it does not eat into your valuable weekend time.
Drivers and Co-Driver have their acceleration, braking, handling and teamwork skills tested as they navigate their way around the track against the clock.