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#101 Lee Nicolle

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Posted 17 January 2014 - 06:38

That pic of the Talon is great. Good looking car too.

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#102 opplock

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Posted 17 January 2014 - 11:45

"the Lola T400 initially driven by former Mini and Shellsport ace Reg Cook"

 

No NZ driver had a T400 in period. Reg Cook drove a Lola T300 in 1974, ex Bartlett. The car was "virtually destroyed" in a fire after a trailer coupling broke. The remains of this car (HU16), along with those of the Lawrance (HU3) and Brown (HU4) cars, were eventually rebuilt around a new monocoque and given the identity HU3.

 

That is the story up to 1991 as described in "Historic Racing Cars of New Zealand" (Vercoe, 1991). The book is admittedly not always accurate but all three of those cars were writeoffs. The original Lawrance monocoque was "taken to the Hamilton dump and disposed of". Are there now two resurrected T300s?   

 

 

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#103 Jerry Entin

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Posted 18 January 2014 - 05:19

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MSC NZ F5000 Tasman Cup Series race one winner Michael Lyons leading second placeman  Andrew Higgins  at Hampton Downs this afternoon  

 

LYONS WINS FIRST MSC F5000 SERIES RACE AFTER ENGINE TROUBLE STOPS SMITH

 

MSC NZ F5000 Tasman Cup Revival Series driver Michael Lyons (Lola T400) from the UK extended his winning streak at the Hampton Downs circuit south of Auckland this afternoon - but only after pole-sitter and early race leader Ken Smith (Lola T332) was stopped in his tracks by a blown engine.

 

The last time he was here - in 2012 - Lyons, 23, set a new outright track lap record of 59.840 seconds and won all six MSC F5000 races at the two New Zealand Festival and Motor Racing meetings at Hampton Downs.

 

Kiwi super-vet Smith, 72, had his measure in qualifying this morning, however, claiming pole position for today's first eight-lap MSC NZ F5000 series race with a time of 59.445.

 

Lyons, who with a best time of 59.514, was the only other driver to break the 1.00.00 minute barrier in the qualifying session, was never far behind early on in the race. But just when it looked like he was going to take a serious tilt at Smith's lead, guest driver Guido Belgiorno-Nettis in one of the Formula 1 cars shipped in for this year's Ferrari-themed NZ Festival of Motor Racing event spun and beached itself on a kerb, bringing out the yellow flags, then Smith himself spun and ended up stranded in the middle of the track at the next corner. That brought out the Safety Car then the race was re-flagged so that Smith's prone car could be recovered."

 

"Something went wrong in the engine," said a circumspect Smith afterwards."It vibrated then it just locked up, it could be the crank, it could be anything."

 

Once the Smith car was recovered the race was re-started with Lyons unchallenged to take the win from fellow Lola T400 driver Andrew Higgins and Class A (for older cars) stand-out Michael Whatley. 

 

"That's not good news, " Lyons said when told of Smith engine problem. "It's a shame too because it was shaping up to be a good race. I couldn't get anywhere near Ken into Turn 1 but once I was tucked in I was a little bit quicker through the middle-section of the track and I was just getting ready to take the gloves off it and go for it when he stopped."

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Michael Whatley and his very quick Surtess

Compatriot Michael Whatley was the big mover as far as race places were concerned, the English veteran qualifying sixth, making up two places on the first lap then inheriting third on the last lap when defending series champion Steve Ross (McRae GM1) had a wild ride exiting the final corner.

 

"Happy with third? I'm absolutely delighted, " he said. "I got past the Ferrari in the first lap and was just thinking that I should be sensible and settle for fourth when Steve overcooked it on the last lap."

 

The re-start also benefited Brett Willis (Lola T330) who passed former MSC series champ Ian Clements (Lola T332) round the outside of Turn 1 on the last lap and held fourth place to the flag. Steve Ross recovered for sixth and Michael Lyons' father Frank claimed a good seventh in his Gurney-Eagle FA74).

 

Happy to finally be on the grid and finish their first ever MSC series race, meanwhile, were series newcomers Grant Martin (Talon MR1A) who qualified his new and untested car 13th and finished the first race in 11th position, and fellow Aucklander Glenn Richards (Lola T400) who qualified 15th and finished 13th.

 

Missing from the grid today, but hoping be be back out tomorrow, was 2012/13 series race winenr Clark Proctor (March 73A), his team running out of time to replace a broken crown wheel and pinion between qualifying and the first race, while able to start the race but still struggling with a gear selection issue was fellow Aucklander David Banks (Talon MR1).

 

Today's race was the first of three at the NZFMR meeting with two more tomorrow.

 

The MSC F5000 Tasman Cup Revival Series is organised and run with the support of sponsors MSC, NZ Express Transport, Bonney's Specialized Bulk Transport, Mobil Lubricants,  Pacifica, Avon Tyres, Webdesign and Exide.  

 

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Edited by Jerry Entin, 18 January 2014 - 13:28.


#104 Jerry Entin

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Posted 18 January 2014 - 05:27

2013/14 MSC New Zealand F5000 Tasman Cup Revival Series

Qualifying

1. Ken Smith (Lola T332) 59.445

2. Michael Lyons (Lola T400) 59.514

3. Andrew Higgins (Lola T400) 1.00.685

4. Steve Ross (McRae GM1) 1.00.844

5. Guido Belgiorno-Nettis (McRae GM1) 1.02.063

6. Michael Whatley (Surtees TS8) 1.02.661

7. Ian Clements (Lola T332) 1.02.763

8. Aaron Burson (McRae GM1) 1.03.245

9. Brett Willis (Lola T330) 1.03.245

10.Greg Thornton (March 75A-1) 1.04.039

11. Sefton Gibb (Lola  T332) 1.04.117

12. Frank Lyons (Gurney-EagleFA74-01) 1.04.595

13. Grant Martin (Talon MR1A) 1.05.173

14. Calven Bonney (Begg 018) 1.05.538

15. Glenn Richards (Lola T400) 1.06.441

16. Peter Burson (McRae GM1) 1.07.334

17. Warwick Mortimer (Surtees TS5) 1.10.490

18. Judy Lyons (Lola T332) 1.27.115

19. Clark Proctor (March 73A) (no time)

 

Race 1 (Sat 8 laps)

1. Michael Lyons 8.44.887

2. Andrew Higgins +1.793

3. Michael Whatley +6.652

4. Brett Willis +7.167

5. Ian Clements +7.285

6. Steve Ross +9.273

7. Frank Lyons +11.795

8. Aaron Burson +12.016

9. Sefton Gibb +13.151

10. Greg Thornton +14.339

11. Grant Martin +17.721

12. Calven Bonney +20.263

13. Glenn Richards +21.881

14. Peter Burson +22.839

15. Judy Lyons +1 lap

16. Guido Belgiorno-Nettis + 2 laps

17. David Banks + 7 laps

dnf. Ken Smith, dns Clark Proctor

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#105 Jerry Entin

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Posted 18 January 2014 - 15:01

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Guido Belgiorno's Ferrari

 

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Posted 18 January 2014 - 20:43

Guido Belgiorno's Ferrari
 
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Lovely...did both the Tipo 156 go around? :cool:



#107 Mallory Dan

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Posted 18 January 2014 - 21:20

Is the Ferrari a McRae disguise?



#108 Jerry Entin

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Posted 19 January 2014 - 00:36

Mallory Dan: Guido's Ferrari is real. He was invited to run it as a guest of the F-5000 group. The other two Ferrari's are only there on display for the event.

 

Here is the explanation from Ross MacKay::

 
It is a real bona fide Ferrari F1 car, one of three brought over (the other 2 were display only) because this year the Festival theme is a celebration of the Ferrari marque. Gudo joned the MSC F5000 field as a guest driver as he did two years ago at Phillip Island in Australia.
 
Just a note, the T400 Lola that Glenn Richards is driving was bought by Glenn but is maintained by local legend Reg Cook who indeed raced a Lola T300 first time round (in the 1970s).
 
He rebuilt the T400 and drove it in some MSC races two seasons ago to make sure it was set up for Glenn.

Edited by Jerry Entin, 19 January 2014 - 00:36.


#109 Tim Murray

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Posted 19 January 2014 - 00:53

Sorry Jerry, I'm still a bit confused:
 

2013/14 MSC New Zealand F5000 Tasman Cup Revival Series
Qualifying
1. Ken Smith (Lola T332) 59.445
2. Michael Lyons (Lola T400) 59.514
3. Andrew Higgins (Lola T400) 1.00.685
4. Steve Ross (McRae GM1) 1.00.844
5. Guido Belgiorno-Nettis (McRae GM1) 1.02.063


So did Guido practise the McRae and race the Ferrari, or ... :confused:



#110 timbo

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Posted 19 January 2014 - 03:33

As always, it never happened unless there are photo's, so start posting photo's guys.



#111 NZALPA

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Posted 19 January 2014 - 04:56

Sorry Jerry, I'm still a bit confused:
 


So did Guido practise the McRae and race the Ferrari, or ... :confused:

This was just a typo I think (im sure it is) as Guido raced the 1985 Ferrari 156 yesterday and today (one of the two he has with him - Richard Carter is demoing the other one).

 

It would be nice to see Richard have a race in the other one..............................


Edited by NZALPA, 19 January 2014 - 04:57.


#112 Tim Murray

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Posted 19 January 2014 - 05:52

This was just a typo I think (im sure it is) as Guido raced the 1985 Ferrari 156 yesterday and today ...


Right, thanks.

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Posted 19 January 2014 - 06:42

Guido's two 156s at Eastern Creek in 2012.

 

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(edit) And the man himself.

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#114 Jerry Entin

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Posted 19 January 2014 - 09:22

 

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 Michael Lyons leading fellow Lola T400 driver Andrew Higgins (right) and McRae GM1 driver Steve Ross (blue car) into the first turn at Hampton Downs today

 

MICHAEL LYONS COMPLETES WINNING MSC F5000 SERIES TRIFECTA AT HAMPTON DOWNS

 

Visiting British driver Michael Lyons (Lola T400) completed a winning trifecta of the MSC NZ F5000 Tasman Cup Revival Series races on the second day of competition at the first New Zealand Festival of Motor Racing at Hampton Downs today (Sunday Jan 19).

 

In the continued absence of veteran Kiwi ace Ken Smith (Lola T332) who blew an engine while leading Saturday's 8-lap encounter, 23-year-old second-generation racer Lyons ran away with both Sunday races, underlining his superiority by lowering his own outright track record from the 59.840 he set in 2012 to the 59.483 he set in the eight lap race in the morning.

 

In that race Lyons lead Kiwi counterpart Andrew Higgins (the pair in almost identically liveried 'Viceroy' cars) from start to finish, crossing the line just over five-and-a-half seconds in front with defending series champion Steve Ross in his newly-liveried (now blue) 'Quicksilver' McRae GM1 third and 2012/13 series race winner Clark Proctor (March 73A) making it from the back of the grid (after crown wheel and gearbox problems meant he didn't start Saturday's race) to fourth. 

 

Like Saturday's race Sunday morning's one had to be re-started, in this case after just the one lap thanks to a coming together between Michael Lyons' father Frank (Gurney-Eagle FA74) and Grant Martin (Talon MR1A) as the field streamed into the first corner. Lyons was able to continue but Martin couldn't (damaged rims) and the race was red flagged and re-started. 

 

Class A (for older cars) standout Michael Whatley (Surtees TS8B) again ran third early on before eventually being caught and passed by both Steve Ross and eventually, Clark Proctor. Brett Willis (Lola T330) again ended up best of the mid-field battle-pack in sixth place, ahead of Ian Clements and Frank Lyons, however another coming together saw both Aaron Burson (McRae GM1) and UK visitor Greg Thornton (March 75A) out of the race. 

 

In the 15-lap feature final Michael Lyons was able to further stretch his advantage though this time Clark Proctor made it all the way to second place from P14 (out of 16) on the grid with Steve Ross third and Andrew Higgins slipping back to fourth by the time the flag came out.

 

Ross went back several places after a half-spin at Turn 1 but was able to gather it up and work his way forward again before the chequered flag was unfurled.

 

There was disappointment for Michael Whatley, however, the visiting British veteran slowed and eventually stopped as his engine lost power. Brett Willis and Sefton Gibb also failed to finish, the former thanks to a broken throttle linkage, the later a battery issue.

 

The weekend's races were the first of a total of six MSC series races which will be contested at Hampton Downs this season with another three at the second New Zealand Festival of Motor Racing meeting celebrating Ferrari next weekend.

.The MSC F5000 Tasman Cup Revival Series is organised and run with the support of sponsors MSC, NZ Express Transport, Bonney's Specialized Bulk Transport, Mobil Lubricants,  Pacifica, Avon Tyres, Webdesign and Exide.

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Edited by Jerry Entin, 19 January 2014 - 09:34.


#115 Jerry Entin

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Posted 19 January 2014 - 09:24

 

2013/14 MSC New Zealand F5000 Tasman Cup Revival Series

Qualifying

1. Ken Smith (Lola T332) 59.445

2. Michael Lyons (Lola T400) 59.514

3. Andrew Higgins (Lola T400) 1.00.685

4. Steve Ross (McRae GM1) 1.00.844

5. Guido Belgiorno-Nettis (Ferrari 156 85T V6 F1) 1.02.063

6. Michael Whatley (Surtees TS8) 1.02.661

7. Ian Clements (Lola T332) 1.02.763

8. Aaron Burson (McRae GM1) 1.03.245

9. Brett Willis (Lola T330) 1.03.245

10.Greg Thornton (March 75A-1) 1.04.039

11. Sefton Gibb (Lola  T332) 1.04.117

12. Frank Lyons (Gurney-Eagle FA74-01) 1.04.595

13. Grant Martin (Talon MR1A) 1.05.173

14. Calven Bonney (Begg 018) 1.05.538

15. Glenn Richards (Lola T400) 1.06.441

16. Peter Burson (McRae GM1) 1.07.334

17. Warwick Mortimer (Surtees TS5) 1.10.490

18. Judy Lyons (Lola T332) 1.27.115

19. Clark Proctor (March 73A) (no time)

 

Race 1 (Sat 8 laps)

1. Michael Lyons 8.44.887

2. Andrew Higgins +1.793

3. Michael Whatley +6.652

4. Brett Willis +7.167

5. Ian Clements +7.285

6. Steve Ross +9.273

7. Frank Lyons +11.795

8. Aaron Burson +12.016

9. Sefton Gibb +13.151

10. Greg Thornton +14.339

11. Grant Martin +17.721

12. Calven Bonney +20.263

13. Glenn Richards +21.881

14. Peter Burson +22.839

15. Judy Lyons +1 lap

16. Guido Belgiorno-Nettis + 2 laps

17. David Banks + 7 laps

dnf. Ken Smith, dns Clark Proctor

 

Race 2 (Sun 8 laps)

1. Michael Lyons 8.07.893

2. Andrew Higgins +5.675

3. Steve Ross +10.474

4. Clark Proctor +10.916

5. Mike Whatley +18.334

6. Brett Willis +24.704

7. Ian Clements +26.119

8. Frank Lyons +40.501

9. Guido Belgiorno-Nettis +40.679

10. Calven Bonney +40.838

11. Sefton Gibb +57.070

12. Glenn Richards +59.794

13. Peter Burson +60.392

14. Judy Lyons + 2 laps

dnf. Greg Thornton, Aaron Burson, Warwick Mortimer

dns Grant Martin

New lap record: Michael Lyons 59.483

 

Race 3 (Sun 15 laps)

1. Michael Lyons 15.18.332

2. Clark Proctor +12.420

3. Steve Ross +15.264

4. Andrew Higgins +19.420

5. Greg Thornton +44.199

6. Guido Belgiorno-Nettis +47.875

7. Ian Clements +49.919

8. Frank Lyons + 1 lap

9. Glenn Richards + 1 lap

10. Peter Burson +1 lap

11. Calven Bonney +2 laps

dnf Brett Willis, Warwick Mortimer, Michael Whatley, Sefton Gibb, Judy Lyons

 

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#116 Jerry Entin

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Posted 19 January 2014 - 09:57

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 Clark Proctor (March 73A) on the charge in the second MSC race of the weekend on Sunday morning.

 

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Posted 19 January 2014 - 12:59

It would be nice to see Richard have a race in the other one..............................


Second that motion!



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Posted 19 January 2014 - 15:07

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Brett Willis (#16 Lola T330) leads Sefton Gibb (Lola T332). And Clark Proctor

 

 

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Edited by Jerry Entin, 19 January 2014 - 15:10.


#119 opplock

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Posted 19 January 2014 - 16:39

 

 

Just a note, the T400 Lola that Glenn Richards is driving was bought by Glenn but is maintained by local legend Reg Cook who indeed raced a Lola T300 first time round (in the 1970s).
 
He rebuilt the T400 and drove it in some MSC races two seasons ago to make sure it was set up for Glenn.

 

Jerry

 

Thank you for getting this explanation. The wording in the press release was rather confusing as most of us (I hope) would interpret "initially driven by" to refer to the driver who first raced a car not the person who tested or raced it post-restoration 35 or so years later.   



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#120 Jerry Entin

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Posted 23 January 2014 - 02:55

 

       2014 NZFMR Ferrari Festival

       Hampton Downs Nth Waikato
       
Jan 24-26

       2014

 

 

  

LYONS IN THE BOX SEAT BUT PROCTOR NOW THE THREAT

 

With three-time former series champion Ken Smith (Lola T332) confirming this week that he is out for the rest of the season, young gun Michael Lyons (Lola T400) is in the box seat heading into the third round of the 2013/14 MSC NZ F5000 Tasman Cup Revival Series at Hampton Downs this weekend.

 

Lyons, who turns 23 on Saturday, was pipped for pole at the second round of the MSC series at the first New Zealand Festival of Motor Racing meeting at Hampton Downs last weekend by 72-year-old super-vet Smith, but with Smith out (whilst in the lead) early in the first MSC series race when a rod bolt let go and locked the engine, Lyons not only won all three races, he broke his own outright track lap record. 

 

Fellow second generation racer Andrew Higgins, who also drives a Lola T400, ended up best of the rest with two seconds and a fourth and he heads back to Hampton Downs this weekend with every chance of repeating the feat. If there is a dark horse in the field, however, it is high-profile local motor racing identity Clark Proctor (March 73A).

 

Proctor (aka The Metalman) missed qualifying and the first race last weekend when two teeth broke off the pinion but came back strongly on Sunday, working his way from the back row of the grid to fourth place in the second weekend race in the morning, then from P14 (out of 16) in the feature to second. And that was with brakes which faded badly in both races.

 

"I don't know if I've quite got the pace to beat Michael," he said earlier this week, " but if we can get the brake issue sorted I'll certainly be giving it my best shot."

 

He'll have to, however, if he is to beat Lyons, because, if he has his way the young British driver will be going even quicker this weekend.

 

"It's certainly a shame that Kenny won't be there," he said on Thursday, "but we've still got a job to do and there are several other guys like Andrew and Clark who I've still got to beat., I think it took us a little while to get back into the swing of things, in terms of just getting off the plane and that sort of thing, last weekend so yes, I think there will be a little bit there if I need it this weekend."

 

All is not - quite - lost for Smith either. Though he declined the offer of cars to use in place of his own F5000 while the engine is being rebuilt he will still be racing at Hampton Downs this weekend, in one of the other cars he owns, a Swift DB4 Formula Pacific.

 

Unfortunately, also missing from the MSC F5000 grid this weekend will be Michael Whatley, who had engine issues of his own with his giant-killing Class 2 Surtees TS8 last weekend, and former series champ Ian Clements (Lola T332). Re-joining the field, however is Christchurch driver Tony Richards (Lola T332), meaning that for the first time there will be two siblings (Tony's Auckland-based brother Glenn made his debut last weekend driving a Lola T400) competing against each other. 

 

Like last weekend there are three races for the MSC NZ F5000s on the NZ Festival of Motor Racing event 2 programme this weekend, with qualifying on Saturday morning and an 8-lap race in the afternoon, then a second 8-lap race on Sunday morning and a 15-lap feature in the afternoon.

 

The MSC F5000 Tasman Cup Revival Series is organised and run with the support of sponsors MSC, NZ Express Transport, Bonney's Specialized Bulk Transport, Mobil Lubricants,  Pacifica, Avon Tyres, Webdesign and Exide.

 

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Edited by Jerry Entin, 24 January 2014 - 10:48.


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Posted 25 January 2014 - 09:45

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Birthday boy Michael Lyons (Lola T400 #64) leading MSC series guest driver Guido Belgiorno-Nettis (Ferrari 156/85T) during today's race at Hampton Downs  

 

RACE WIN A MIXED BLESSING FOR BIRTHDAY BOY LYONS

 

Birthday boy Michael Lyons (Lola T400) has extended his MSC NZ F5000 Tasman Cup Revival series winning streak with another lights-to-flag victory at the second New Zealand Festival of Motor Racing meeting at Hampton Downs today. But celebrations are on hold until tomorrow night.

 

"Yes," said the young British driver who turned 23 day today."While it's great to be able to win a race on your birthday I won't be doing much partying tonight. I've got two more races to try and win tomorrow!"

 

Series young gun Lyons, who won all three races and lowered his own outright track lap record at the first of two NZ Festival meetings at Hampton Downs last weekend, claimed pole for today's race with the only sub one minute (59.585) qualifying lap and won the 8-lap race from the turbocharged 1985 Ferrari F1 car of special event and MSC F5000 series guest Guido Belgiorno-Nettis.

 

Andrew Higgins (Lola T400) was the best of the local MSC series drivers in third place with Tony Richards (Lola T332) fourth on his category return and Lyons' father Frank (Gurney-Eagle FA74) fifth.

 

After two storming 'through-the-field' drives at the first NZ Festival meeting last weekend Auckland driver Clark Proctor (March 75A) was again on form this weekend, joining Michael Lyons on the front row of the grid. However after running a comfortable second to Lyons early on he was a late retirement when his detected something not quite right in his car's driveline.

 

"I picked up a bit of a vibration and decided it was safer to pit rather than push on and potentially do something that might take us out of the weekend again," he said.

 

After a best placing of sixth at the first NZ Festival of Motor Racing (which this year celebrated the Ferrari marque) Sydney businessman/racer Guido Belgiorno-Nettis (Ferrari 156/85T F1) showed the benefit of track familiarity today, qualifying fourth before spending the first two laps battling for third with Andrew Higgins and the last two closing in on Michael Lyons after Clark Proctor pitted.

 

"The Formula 5000s have so much torque it is hard to stay with them out of the corners but my car was better from the big sweeper onto the start/finish straight and at the end of the straight into Turn 1,
 he explained. 

 

For his part Andrew Higgins said he enjoyed the unique opportunity of dicing with a genuine Formula 1 Ferrari but that in the end it came down to horsepower.

 

"That thing is just so fast in a straight line - and so it should be - from the hairpin to the end of the start.finish straight it is just gone!" he said.

 

With a three-lap yellow flag period bunching up the field the margins between cars remained close with plenty of action through the 18-strong field.

 

Aaron Burson (McRae GM1) and Calven Bonney (Begg 018) enjoyed a particularly spirited dice as they disputed sixth place with Bonney, back in his car after a comprehensive rebuild which took over 18 months, positively beaming when he got back to the pits.

 

"It's definitely good to be back and I'm doing better than I thought I would, "he said..

 

McRae GM1 driver Alastair Russell was another driver in a positive frame of mind, despite having to start from the back row of the grid after failing to post a qualifying time.

 

Russell spent the race stalking and finally getting the better of fellow McRae GM1 driver Peter Burson and said that - hopefully - he has sorted the oil foaming and pressure issues, that he has been struggling with over the past two seasons.

 

Disappointed not to get to the flag, meanwhile, was Brett Willis (Lola T330), who had to pull off the track on the last lap with a fuel starvation issue.

 

Finally, in the MSC F5000 series' new 'battle-of-the-brothers' Christchurch-based Tony Richards (Lola T332) finished fourth his Auckland-based sibling Glenn (Lola T4000) tenth.

 

.The MSC F5000 Tasman Cup Revival Series is organised and run with the support of sponsors MSC, NZ Express Transport, Bonney's Specialized Bulk Transport, Mobil Lubricants,  Pacifica, Avon Tyres, Webdesign and Exide

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Edited by Jerry Entin, 25 January 2014 - 09:55.


#122 Jerry Entin

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Posted 25 January 2014 - 09:53

 

2013/14 MSC New Zealand F5000 Tasman Cup Revival Series

Results

Qualifying
1. Michael Lyons (Lola T332) 59.585
2. Clark Proctor (March 73A) 1.00.022
3. Steve Ross (McRae GM1) 1.00.810
4. Guido Belgiorno-Nettis (Ferrari 156/85T F1)1.01.234
5. Andrew Higgins (Lola T400) 1.01.442
6. Tony Richards (Lola T332) 1.01.690
7. Frank Lyons (Gurney-Eagle FA74) 1.01.952
8. Aaron Burson (McRae GM1) 1.02.505
9. Calven Bonney (Begg 018) 1.03.091
10. Glenn Richards (Lola T400) 1.03.376
11. David Banks (Talon MR1) 1.03.498
12. Peter Burson (McRae GM1) 1.05.035
13. Warwick Mortimer (Surtees TS5) 1.08.657
14. Greg Thornton (March 75A) 1.11.899
15. Sefton Gibb (Lola T332) 1.12.409
16. Judy Lyons (Lola T332) 1.25.962)
17. Alastair Russell (McRae GM1) no time
18. Brett Willis (Lola T330) no time
 
Race 1 (Sat) 8 laps
1. Michael Lyons 1.00.024
2. Guido Belgiorno-Nettis +1086
3,  Andrew Higgins +7.896
4. Tony Richards +12.052
5. Frank Lyons +12.535
6. Aaron Burson +18.580
7. Calven Bonney +19.142
8. David Banks +20.971
9. Sefton Gibb +24.156
10. Glenn Richards +27.843
11. Alastair Russell +31.053
12. Peter Burson +31.054
13. Warwick Mortimer +38.669
14. Brett Willis + 1 lap
dnf Clark Proctor, Judy Lyons, Steve Ross, Greg Thornton


#123 Jerry Entin

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Posted 26 January 2014 - 13:19

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 Michael Lyons enjoyed another clean sweep of MSC races

 

ANXIOUS MOMENTS BEFORE LYONS COMPLETES SECOND HAMPTON DOWNS' CLEAN SWEEP

 

There were some anxious moments for MSC NZ F5000 Tasman Cup Revival Series pace-setter Michael Lyons (Lola T400) before he successfully completed another race clean sweep at the second New Zealand Festival of Motor Racing meeting at Hampton Downs today.

 

Lyons, who qualified on pole and won the first race of the weekend on Saturday afternoon, was leading the second MSC race on Sunday morning when it was red flagged, while he had to nurse his car home from half distance in the 15-lap final when an exhaust header cracked then ran under his car's right rear wheel when it (the header) finally broke off.

 

"I heard it crack first ," said the just-turned 23-year-old, "then a couple of laps later the engine note changed again and when I looked in the mirror after the car suddenly jumped sideways when I was accelerating out of the sweeper there was a big cut in the right rear tyre so I spent the rest of the race thinking that I needed to keep going fast enough so that the boys behind me didn't think they had a chance of catching me but not so fast that I was going to risk blowing the tyre because if it was going to go it was going to be a big one."

 

After the second weekend race was considered null and void because it was red flagged before 75% of its full distance was completed after Brett Willis (Lola T330) hit the start/finish straight wall when he lost control on oil dropped from another car, the 15-lap final also started - literally - under a cloud.

 

First it was brought forward until just after lunch because of the threat of rain. Then, just as the field thundered out onto the track for the warm-up laps light rain started to fall, prompting race organizers to call the cars back to the pits to swap from slick tyres to wets.

 

By the time all the cars were back in pitlane however, the shower had passed and even those drivers who had elected to change to wets had to change back to slicks when the race was declared dry.

 

With Clark Proctor (March 73A), Greg Thornton (March 75A) and David Banks (Talon MR1) already out with gearbox issues of one sort or another, Sefton Gibb (Lola T332) sidelined by a broken brake caliper, Brett Willis (Lola T330) and Warwick Mortimer (Surtees TS5) out after car and/or engine damage from the aborted race in the morning, and Michael Lyons' mother Judy (Lola T332) electing not to start the feature final, the field was down to 11 cars by the time the feature started.

 

That didn't mean it was without interest though, with Michael Lyons's father Frank (Gurney-Eagle FA74) grabbing second place after a daring move around the outside of Andrew Higgins (Lola T400)through the first turn and special event and MSC series guest Guido Belgiorno-Nettis (Ferrari 156/85 turbo F1) working his way from the back of the grid (after a rush to even get there thanks to a misunderstanding about the earlier race start) to fifth place at the flag.

 

Lyons Snr held second for the first two laps before being slotted back to third and eventually fourth with Belgiorno-Nettis getting closer but still just over two seconds adrift at the flag.

 

"I could see him making progress, but because he was only a second a lap quicker than I was the gap was too big for him to close," Lyons Snr said.  

 

One of the reasons was that it had taken the Sydney-based Ferrari driver two full laps to catch and successfully pass the dicing Calven Bonney (Begg 018) and Aaron Burson (McRae GM1).

 

Class returnee Bonney got the better of Burson at the start but the pair were never more than a couple of car lengths apart with Burson eventually finding a way past on the 10th lap.

 

"Calven was a bit braver at the start, but I got alongside him one lap and past the next," said Burson.

 

Once past Ferrari ace Belgiorno-Nettis then set off after Tony Richards (Lola T332), giving Aaron Burson a lesson in just how quick a turbocharged 1.5 litre Ferrari Formula 1 car can go - with a clear track in front.

 

"It's definitely got some wellie!" he said of the exotic ex Michele Alboreto car."

 

Tony Richards, meanwhile was just happy to finish the race - and weekend - with his car in one-piece after spinning in front of the field in the first turn at the start of the aborted second race.

 

"It was definitely a scary moment," he said. "It's not much fun going into Turn 1 here backwards watching all the other cars coming towards you. I'm not quite sure what happened; I braked a bit later than Andy Higgins who was next to me bit it didn't feel like I was going too quick, but it stepped out and I was very lucky everyone was able to avoid me."

 

Finally having a - virtually - trouble-free from lights-to-flag was Auckland McRae GM1 driver Alastair Russell who has struggled to complete a race at Hampton Downs for the past two years thanks to various mechanical issues. With a new oil system and overheating issues under control, Russell ended up in eighth place between Aaron Burson and Calven Bonney.

 

"I'm totally elated, over the moon. We've still got some handling issues but the plan now is to get some seat time and see if we can run even further up the field."

 

Saturday's race was won by Michael Lyons from Guido Belgiorno-Nettis, Andrew Higgins, Tony Richards and Frank Lyon.

 

MSC NZ F5000 Tasman Cup Revival Series competitors now head south for the final round on the 2013/14 series at the annual Skope Classic meeting at Christchurch's recently renamed Mike Pero Motorsport Park (nee Ruapuna) next weekend.

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The MSC F5000 Tasman Cup Revival Series is organised and run with the support of sponsors MSC, NZ Express Transport, Bonney's Specialized Bulk Transport, Mobil Lubricants,  Pacifica, Avon Tyres, Webdesign and Exide. 

 

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Edited by Jerry Entin, 26 January 2014 - 13:40.


#124 Jerry Entin

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Posted 26 January 2014 - 13:23

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Michael Lyons (Lola T400 #64) leads guest driver Guido Belgiorno-Nettis (Ferrari 156/85T) and Andrew Higgins (Lola T400) in the aborted second MSC series race at Hampton Downs on Sunday morning as Tony Richards (Lola T332 #23) spins behind the trio. Tony went on to place 6th in race 3 on Sunday.
Race 3 (15 laps Sun)
1. Michael Lyons 15.20.602
2. Steve Ross +11.218
3. Andrew Higgins +22.455
4. Frank Lyons +41.737
5. Guido Belgiorno-Nettis +44.031
6. Tony Richards +46851
7. Aaron Burson +56.652
8. Alastair Russell +58.289
9. Calven Bonney +1.00.289
10. Peter Burson + 1 lap
11. Glenn Richards +1 lap
dns David Banks, Sefton Gibb, Warwick Mortimer, Judy Lyons

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#125 ffdave

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Posted 28 January 2014 - 21:24

Does anyone know what the points are going into the last round this weekend?

 

The website hasnt been updated since Round 1.



#126 Jerry Entin

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Posted 30 January 2014 - 05:20

 

 

    * 2013/14 MSC New Zealand F5000 Tasman Cup Revival Series

       Rnd 4 (Final)

       Skope Classic meeting

       Mike Pero Motorsport Park (Ruapuna)

       Christchurch

       Jan 31-Feb 02

       2014

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Michael Lyons (Lola T400 #64) leading Andrew Higgins (Lola T400) at Hampton Downs last weekend.

SERIES' PACE-SETTER LYONS RETURNS TO WHERE IT ALL STARTED

 

Visiting British driver Michael Lyons (Lola T400) has built a flourishing career on a unique combination of success in historic F1 and F5000 and contemporary International Open GT sports car racing - and it all started at Christchurch's Mike Pero Motorsport Park (nee Ruapuna).

 

"That's right," says the 23-year-old from Felsted in Essex who heads south for the final round of this season's MSC NZ F5000 Tasman Cup Revival Series at the annual Skope Classic meeting this weekend after dominating the two most recent rounds at the Hampton Downs circuit south of Auckland. "The first time I drove a racing car was at Ruapuna. I was out here with my parents and when we found out that you could drive a (racing) car here at a much younger age than in the UK they shouted me a lesson with Andy Neale."

 

Obviously money well spent, because since the last time he was here (in 2012 when he won his first MSC NZ F5000 Tasman Cup Revival Series races) Lyons has been one of the front-runners in the FIA's new Historic Formula 1 class, finished sixth in class in the International GT Open sportscar series behind the wheel of a semi-works Ferrari 458 and lapped the field to win the F5000 feature at last year's big Silverstone Classic meeting in the UK.

 

In the absence of local class stalwart Ken Smith (Lola T332), who blew an engine at the first NZ Festival of Motor Racing meeting at Hampton Downs three weeks ago, Lyons has again dominated the MSC series races here as well, including lowering his own outright track lap record at the first meeting and completing a five-race clean sweep at the second - despite breaking then running over a header pipe in the final.

 

Heading into this weekend's series finale in Christchurch Lyons heads a strong field of stock-block 5-litre engined Formula 5000 single seaters with competition expected to come from series champion-elect Andrew Higgins (Lola T400) from Auckland. 

 

Though the field will be without usual local standouts Ken Smith (Lola T332) and Clark Proctor (March 73A), it will be supplemented this weekend by Russell Greer (Lola T332) from Blenheim, Tim Rush (McLaren M22) from Feilding and David Arrowsmith (Lotus 70) from Christchurch.

 

Former series champ Ian Clements (Lola T332) is also back after skipping the second NZ Festival round, as are brothers Tony (Lola T332 from Christchurch) and Glenn (Lola T400 from Auckland) Richards, as well as Auckland father and son Peter and Aaron Burson (both McRae GM1) and their running mate David Banks (Talon MR1). 

 

Michael Lyons' parents, Frank and Judy also continue to compete in the MSC series, Frank in a Gurney-Eagle FA74, Judy a Lola T332, while if emergency gearbox and engine work being done in Auckland this week is completed in time they will be joined by fellow UK visitor Greg Thornton (March 75A).

 

A special feature of the meeting will be the awarding of a new trophy in memory of class stalwart Stan Redmond who died as a result of injuries sustained in an accident at the final round of the 2012/13 MSC series at Invercargill's Teretonga Park last February.

 

As well as being both a competitor and strong supporter of the MSC Tasman Cup Revival Series here and across the Tasman, Redmond made several trips to the UK to race and the Trophy has been put up by a group of drivers and family members from there in consultation with the Redmond family in Christchurch and the New Zealand Formula 5000 Association.

 

It will be presented - by Redmond's long-time crew chief and engine man Steve Weeber -  to the MSC F5000 series driver who puts in 'The Most Spirited Drive' over the weekend.  

 

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Edited by Jerry Entin, 30 January 2014 - 05:32.


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Posted 30 January 2014 - 05:44

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 Clark Proctor (March 73A) on the charge in the second MSC race of the weekend on Sunday morning.
 
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Excellent pic, a bit loose off means he was having a go.

#128 Jerry Entin

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Posted 31 January 2014 - 06:40

 
2013/14 MSC NZ F5000 Tasman Cup Revival Series
Points after Rnd 3 of 4
Overall:
1. Andrew Higgins (Lola T400) 332 points
2. Michael Lyons (Lola T400) 248
3. Brett Willis (Lola T330) 206
4. Aaron Burson (McRae GM1) 202
5. Frank Lyons (Gurney-Eagle FA74) 185
6=. Peter Burson (McRae GM1) 173
6=. Ian Clements (Lola T332) 173
8. Sefton Gibb (Lola T332) 163
9. Calven Bonney (Begg 018) 154
10. Glenn Richards (Lola T400) 141
11. Ken Smith (Lola T332) 125
12. Roger Williams (Lola T332) 104
13. Clark Proctor (March 73A) 95
14. Tony Richards (Lola T332) 93
15. Greg Thornton (March 75A) 80
16. Alastair Russell (McRae GM1) 76
17=. Russell Greer (Lola T332) 62
17=. David Banks (Talon MR1) 62
19. Mike Whatley (Surtees TS8) 52
20. Judy Lyons (Lola T332) 44
21. Warwick Mortimer( Surtees TS5) 32
22. Alan Dunkley (Lola T140) 21
23. Grant Martin (Talon MR1A) 18
24. Tim Rush (McLaren M22) 1
 
CLASS A:
1. Mike Whatley (Surtees TS8) 64
2. Warwick Mortimer (Surtees TS5) 62
3. Alan Dunkley (Lola T140) 32
 
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#129 Jerry Entin

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Posted 01 February 2014 - 12:58

 

 

    * 2013/14 MSC New Zealand F5000 Tasman Cup Revival Series

       Rnd 4 (Final)

       Skope Classic meeting

       Mike Pero Motorsport Park (Ruapuna)

       Christchurch

       Jan 31-Feb 02

       

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Michael Lyons (Gurney-Eagle FA74 #74) leading Andrew Higgins (Lola T400) and Russell Greer (Lola T332) at Mike Pero Motorsport Park today.

 

CAR CHANGE FOR LYONS BUT RESULT IS THE SAME

 

He might have been behind the wheel of a different car - his father Frank's Gurney-Eagle FA74 - but the result was still the same for series young gun Michael Lyons on the first day of competition at the final round of the 2013/14 MSC New Zealand F5000 Tasman Cup Revival Series at Christchurch's Mike Pero Motorsport Park (Ruapuna) today.

 

After blowing the engine in his own Lola T400  in practice on Friday the 23-year-old stepped into his father's Gurney-Eagle and with little more than a new seat and some minor suspension tweaks qualified it on pole and set a new category track lap record (at 1:17.723 almost half a second under the previous record set by visiting Canadian driver Jay Esterer in a McRae GM1 in 2011) on his way to victory in the first Mobil 1-backed 8-lap MSC series race at the annual Skope Classic meeting.

 

The victory extends Lyons Jnr's winning 2013/14 MSC series streak to seven and means he now holds the F5000 category lap record at two New Zealand circuits, Hampton Downs in the North Island and Mike Pero Motorsport Park (nee Ruapuna) in the South.

 

"The initial thougnt when Dad offered me his car was to say no, because I had already damaged one, "said Lyons Jnr, "but then David Abbott was kind enough to offer Dad his car (a Lola T430) so I thought, I might as well (drive the Gurney-Eagle).

 

"The good thing with the Eagle is that it is such an easy car to to drive. We had to take Dad's seat out so I could fit in it but the boys made me up one of my own overnight and apart from that, a bit of bar (antiroll) bar and a few tweaks to the suspension here and there everything else is as Dad raced it at Hampton Downs."

 

Lyons was second away at the start but once in the lead eased away from a front-running foursome which included series champion-elect Andrew Higgins (Lola T400) and third quickest qualifier, Tony Richards (Lola T332).

 

Enjoying one of his strongest runs just behind Richards was fellow Lola T332 driver Russell Greer with a gap back to a a three-way mid-field battle-pack consisting of Aaron Burson (McRae GM1), David Banks (Talon MR1) and Ian Clements (Lola T332). 

 

Keeping pace behind them, meanwhile, were Frank Lyons in his borrowed Lola T430, Tony Richards' brother Glenn in only his third meeting behind the wheel of his Lola T400, and Tim Rush (McLaren M22) and Peter Burson (McRae GM1).

 

Local man Ian Clements had a close shave in qualifying, running off the track at high speed and grazing the tyre wall when bolts in a rear brake caliper broke, and - though the the time he had already set was good enough for P6 on the grid - started the race on P9 thanks to a new rule which penalises drivers who disrupt a qualifying session.

 

Another Christchurch-based driver, Dave Arrowsmith, was part of the mid-field group early on in his Class A Lotus 70, running in eighth spot until the fourth lap when he speared off the track and brought out the Safety Car.

 

That bunched up the field for the next two laps with the track only going green again for the final lap.

 

Determined not to lose his hard-won lead Michael Lyons not only timed the re-start just right, it was on the final lap that he set his new lap record...and afterwards reckoned he might go even quicker tomorrow! "

 

"We did in qualifying (his pole time was a 1:17.403) so yes I think I can get down to that time in a race," he said.

 

Today's race was preceded by a minute's silence in honour of the late Stan Redmond. Tomorrow will see the final two MSC NZ F5000 series races for the 2013/14 season with a second eight-lapper in the morning and a 12 lap feature race in the afternoon.

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Edited by Jerry Entin, 01 February 2014 - 15:27.


#130 Jerry Entin

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2013/14 MSC New Zealand F5000 Tasman Cup Revival Series

Qualifying
1. Michael Lyons (Gurney-Eagle FA74) 01:17.430
2. Steve Ross (McRae GM1) 01:18.593
3. Tony Richards(Lola T332) 01:19.376
4. Andrew Higgins (Lola T400) 01:19.886 
5. Russell Greer (Lola T332) 01:21.250
6. Ian Clements (Lola T332) 01:21.959     

7. David Banks (Talon MR1) 01:22.048
8. Aaron Burson  (McRae GM1) 01:22.734
9. Dave Arrowsmith (Lotus 70) 01:22.744 
10. Glenn Richards (Lola T400) 01:23.607
11. Peter Burson (McRae GM1) 01:24.037
12. Frank Lyons  (Lola T430) 01:24.303
13. Tim Rush (McLaren M22) 01:25.330
14. Judy Lyons (Lola T332) 02:13.701 

Race 1 (Sat 8 laps)
1. Michael Lyons 11:44.076  
2. Steve Ross +02.978 

3. Andrew Higgins +05.899 

4. Tony Richards +07.836 

5. Russell Greer +08.650 

6. Aaron Burson +10.336 
7. David Banks +10.629 
8. Ian Clements +11.132 

9. Frank Lyons +15.609 

10. Glenn Richards +16.245 

11. Tim Rush +16.973 

12. Peter Burson +17.536 

DNF. Dave Arrowsmith, Judy Lyons
Fastest lap (and new class lap record) Michael Lyons (Gurney-Eagle FA74) 01:17.723

 

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Edited by Jerry Entin, 01 February 2014 - 13:09.


#131 Jerry Entin

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2013/14 MSC NZ F5000 Tasman Cup Revival Series
Points after Rnd 3 of 4
Overall:
1. Andrew Higgins (Lola T400) 332 points
2. Michael Lyons (Lola T400) 248
3. Brett Willis (Lola T330) 206
4. Aaron Burson (McRae GM1) 202
5. Frank Lyons (Gurney-Eagle FA74) 185
6=. Peter Burson (McRae GM1) 173
6=. Ian Clements (Lola T332) 173
8. Sefton Gibb (Lola T332) 163
9. Calven Bonney (Begg 018) 154
10. Glenn Richards (Lola T400) 141
11. Ken Smith (Lola T332) 125
12. Roger Williams (Lola T332) 104
13. Clark Proctor (March 73A) 95
14. Tony Richards (Lola T332) 93
15. Greg Thornton (March 75A) 80
16. Alastair Russell (McRae GM1) 76
17=. Russell Greer (Lola T332) 62
17=. David Banks (Talon MR1) 62
19. Mike Whatley (Surtees TS8) 52
20. Judy Lyons (Lola T332) 44
21. Warwick Mortimer( Surtees TS5) 32
22. Alan Dunkley (Lola T140) 21
23. Grant Martin (Talon MR1A) 18
24. Tim Rush (McLaren M22) 1
 
Class A:
1. Mike Whatley (Surtees TS8) 64
2. Warwick Mortimer (Surtees TS5) 62
3. Alan Dunkley (Lola T140) 32

 

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#132 Jerry Entin

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Posted 02 February 2014 - 13:23

 

 

     2013/14 MSC New Zealand F5000 Tasman Cup Revival Series

       Rnd 4 (Final)

       Skope Classic meeting

       Mike Pero Motorsport Park (Ruapuna)

       Christchurch

       Jan 31-Feb 02

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Paul Higgins and Andy Higgins and Nigel Bunny 2014 Series Champions

 

HIGGINS TAKES MSC TITLE WHILE LYONS COMPLETES RACE CLEAN SWEEP

 

It was a case of Michael Lyons (Gurney-Eagle FA74) winning the battles but Andy Higgins (Lola T400) the war at the final round of the 2013/14 MSC New Zealand F5000 Tasman Cup Revival Series at Christchurch's Mike Pero Motorsport Park (nee Ruapuna) over the (Feb 01-02) weekend.

 

By winning the final Mobil 1-backed 12-lap MSC class feature race at the annual Skope Classic historic motor racing meeting 23-year-old British visitor Lyons completed a rare MSC series clean-sweep.

 

He won all five MSC series races and lowered his own outright track lap record at the two New Zealand Festival of Motor Racing meetings at Hampton Downs in the North Island in January then all three - and on his way twice lowering the F5000 category lap record - at Mike Pero Motorsport Park (nee Ruapuna) this weekend.  

 

Because he contested all four rounds (to Lyons' three) of the 2013/14 MSC series Aucklander Higgins was always going to have an advantage as far as the overall series title was concerned. But it certainly wasn't all plain sailing for Lyons - who completed his eight-race winning streak behind the wheel of his father's Gurney-Eagle FA74 after blowing the engine of his own Lola T400 in practice in Christchurch on Friday.

 

Not that it seemed to affect him.

 

On Saturday Lyons lapped under Jay Esterer's existing category lap record in qualifying, just over a second quicker than defending series champion Steve Ross (McRae GM1), then went on to win the first MSC race of the weekend from Ross, Higgins, Tony Richards (Lola T332) and Russell Greer (Lola T332).

 

As he did in both subsequent races, fast starter Ross got the jump on Lyons off the line but each time Lyons reeled the Dunedin man in and used what would become his trademark pass (at the right hand Carousel corner) for a lead it only once looked like he would relinquish.

 

That was in the Saturday race when the Safety Car was dispatched while Dave Arrowsmith's prone Lotus 70 was being moved and the track did not go green again until the final lap.

 

Aware of how quick on the draw Steve Ross is Lyons put in a flier on that lap and was rewarded with a new category lap record.....which he promptly lowered again in the second eight lap race of the weekend on Sunday morning.!

 

That race followed a similar pattern to Saturday's with Ross grabbing the early initiative only to have Lyons reel him in.

 

This time Lyons put in his lap record breaking time on the second lap, passing then pulling away to win by just over 11 seconds from Ross with Andy Higgins again third and - this time - Russell Greer fourth.

 

Tony Richards had been running third but late in the race he clipped his brother Glenn's Lola T400 as he was lapping it, putting both cars out of the race.

 

That just left the feature final, with the status quo remaining, despite the race finishing behind the Safety Car after Andy Higgins' Lola shed its left rear wheel with three laps to go.

 

"It was actually the wheel centre that broke,"he explained afterwards."I had just turned into the Carousel when there was this big bang. Better there I suppose than at the end of the main straight, but it was disappointing all the same because we've been really consistent this season and that's the only race we haven't finished."

 

Fortunately for the 32-year-old from Auckland the car sustained no other damage and he still had enough of a points buffer to claim the 2013/14 MSC series title.

 

It's the first major series victory for second-generation racer Higgins and one he says he couldn't have even contemplated without the help and support of his father, historic single-seater and Porsche aficionado Paul Higgins, and their race engineer, Nigel Bunny. Not to mention the mentoring, support and friendship he has received over the the years from local racing great Ken Smith.

 

With Higgins out of the final, third place went to class stalwart Russell Greer and it was no surprise when the Blenheim man was presented with the new Stan Redmond Memorial trophy for 'The Most Spirited Drive' by Redmond's former crew chief and engine man Steve Weeber

 

"Stan was a great character and any way we can honour him the better," said Greer, who attributes a new-found 'spring in his race step' to help with his race effort from Christchurch-based category specialist John Crawford and his Motorsport Solutions operation.

 

"That's my best result by a long shot," he said afterwards."I've had a few fourths before but never a podium. I didn't even know where it was until this weekend and it's all down to John and his boys. Up until now I've been looking after the car and trying to drive it myself but John's attitude is, 'we'll look after the car, you concentrate of the driving and it's paying dividends as you can see."  

 

Behind Greer came Tony Richards, who put in a swashbuckling drive in his repaired car to get from P10 on the grid to fourth at the flag, then Aaron Burson, Class A standout Dave Arrowsmith and Ian Clements, before a gap back to David Banks (who had a spin while dicing with Ian Clements but was able to continue unscathed), Tim Rush in the one-of-a-kind McLaren M22, Peter Burson (McRae GM1) and Glenn  Richards (Lola T400) with race winner Michael Lyons' father Frank bracketing the field after a harmless spin of his own in the Lola T430 loaned to him by local man David Abbott.

 

With the MSC NZ F5000 Tasman Cup Revival Series over for another season it now time for British visitors like the Lyons family return home and prepare for the 2014 northern hemisphere racing season.

 

But not before Michael and Frank join Kiwi F5000 counterparts Andre and Warwick Mortimer in a BMW M3 at the annual Liqui-Moly 12 Hour endurance race at Bathurst in Australia next weekend.

 
"We're planning it as a real Dads' n Lads affair, "said Michael. "It should  be a lot of fun."
 

The MSC NZ F5000 Tasman Cup Revival Series is organised and run with the support of sponsors MSC, NZ Express Transport, Bonney's Specialized Bulk Transport, Mobil Lubricants,  Pacifica, Avon Tyres, Webdesign and Exide. 

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Edited by Jerry Entin, 02 February 2014 - 13:50.


#133 Jerry Entin

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Posted 02 February 2014 - 13:25

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Michael Lyons making the clean sweep of the weekends events in his Eagle FA 74

 

2013/14 MSC New Zealand F5000 Tasman Cup Revival Series

Qualifying
1. Michael Lyons (Gurney-Eagle FA74) 01:17.430
2. Steve Ross (McRae GM1) 01:18.593
3. Tony Richards (Lola T332) 01:19.376
4. Andrew Higgins (Lola T400) 01:19.886
5. Russell Greer (Lola T332) 01:21.250
6. Ian Clements (Lola T332) 01:21.959    
7. David Banks (Talon MR1) 01:22.048
8. Aaron Burson (McRae GM1) 01:22.734
9. Dave Arrowsmith (Lotus 70) 01:22.744
10. Glenn Richards (Lola T400) 01:23.607
11. Peter Burson (McRae GM1) 01:24.037
12. Frank Lyons  (Lola T430) 01:24.303
13. Tim Rush (McLaren M22) 01:25.330
14. Judy Lyons (Lola T332) 02:13.701 

Race 1 (Sat 8 laps)
1. Michael Lyons 11:44.076  
2. Steve Ross +02.978 
3. Andrew Higgins +05.899 
4. Tony Richards +07.836 
5. Russell Greer +08.650 
6. Aaron Burson +10.336 
7. David Banks +10.629 
8. Ian Clements +11.132 
9. Frank Lyons +15.609 
10. Glenn Richards +16.245 
11. Tim Rush +16.973 
12. Peter Burson +17.536 
DNF. Dave Arrowsmith, Judy Lyons
Fastest lap (and new class lap record) Michael Lyons (Gurney-Eagle FA74) 01:17.723

 

Race 2 (Sun 8 laps)
1. Michael Lyons 10:29.180    
2. Steve Ross +11.456 
3. Andrew Higgins +22.766 
4. Russell Greer +32.891 
5. Dave Arrowsmith +34.293 
6. Aaron Burson +36.654 
7. David Banks +37.176 
8. Ian Clements +38.569 
9. Tim Rush +50.164 
10. Peter Burson +58.806 
11. Judy Lyons +2 laps 
DNF. Tony Richards, Glenn Richards
Fastest lap (and new class lap record) Michael Lyons (Gurney-Eagle FA74) 01:17.588

 
Race 3 (Sun 15 laps)
1. Michael Lyons 17:03.003
2. Steve Ross +01.880
3. Russell Greer +02.543
4. Tony Richards +03.121
5. Aaron Burson +03.678
6. Dave Arrowsmith +04.213
7. Ian Clements +05.364
8. David Banks +34.965
9. Tim Rush +35.283
10. Peter Burson +40.002
11. Glenn Richards +42.722
12. Frank Lyons +1 lap
DNF. Andrew Higgins, Judy Lyons 
Fastest lap: Michael Lyons (Gurney-Eagle FA74) 01:18.475
 
Provisonal final series placings
1. Andy Higgins
2. Michael Lyons
3. Aaron Burson
 
results sent site: Fast Company/Ross MacKay
photo: Fast Company/Alex Mitchell

Edited by Jerry Entin, 02 February 2014 - 13:49.


#134 Tappets

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Posted 30 May 2014 - 02:40

WELL ladies and gentlemen moving on  ... 2014 is almost half way through and apart from PI in March there has been no dedicated F5000 races and the way things are looking not until Sandown in November which is a gap of 8 x months and it appears no-one (except us and a couple of others from NSW) wish to enter the "normal" excellent historic race meetings that prevail around Australia.

 

Now last month I made some off the record inquiries about Barbagallo WA in October which I recommended and passed onto our association suggesting to our association we assemble a group of Oz and NZ cars the latter maybe being shipped over a few weeks prior as was planned anyway for Sandown thus making a two part series and even adding Eastern Creek end of November in if necessary but it seems things did not move fast enough in the F5000 organization dept and the Kiwi's for some reason did not condone it which surprises me as the plan I proposed would have been a "no cost" arrangement for them and a new and challenging circuit and city with much sightseeing also available either side ... maybe just too hard and we mustn't enjoy ourselves too much!

 

A dicky bird also told me the Sandown organizers had "tiny"objections to this as the WA meeting was two weeks prior and cars could be damaged but then I wonder how everybody managed to do 3 x weekends straight in the Kiwi series every January ... plus it was added in their objection they factored the temporary import of the Kiwi cars their money was not going to be used to promote other race meetings as Sandown always a great event was their main objective ... oops!

 

Now I was also told the WA historic people needed a commitment from us some weeks ago so they could include marketing this event in conjunction with the recent V8 Supercar event to justify the costs etc but I suggest this is all bunkum and with a lead up of almost 7 x months they were just being conservative. With a bit of effort could have no doubt found the funds by sponsorship or whatever and I also suggested their "gate takings" from increased spectators numbers to see the F5000's in action would have contributed considerably and it would not have taken a Rhodes Scholar to find a way of informing all the WA enthusiasts about all this ... word of mouth in a small community of course being a good medium and some smart advisory notices to the various car clubs etc for starters plus some low cost adverts.

 

So unlike many other historic categories F5000 has become in it's short resurgence a quasi prima dona group some with other agenda's who pick and choose where and when they race to suit their other agenda's perhaps too and expect it all for nothing with star status at the events they attend ... c'mon chaps give it a rest!

 

Apologies as always ... far too outspoken ... only racing for fun but F5000 is a GREAT category and deserves more exposure than this for everyone.

 

I rest my case ....

 

Cheers

 

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