LYONS COMPLETES WINNING MSC F5000 SERIES TRIFECTA AT HAMPTON DOWNS


In the continued absence of veteran Kiwi ace Ken Smith (Lola T332) who blew an engine while leading Saturday's8-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 leadKiwi 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 Rossin his newly-liveried (now blue) 'Quicksilver' McRae GM1third 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 togetherbetween 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 withSteve 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 formerthanks toa 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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CAPTIONS

MSC NZ F5000 Tasman Cup Series race one winner Michael Lyons leading fellow Lola T400 driver Andrew Higgins (right) and McRae GM1 driver Steve Ross (blue car) into the first turn atHampton Downs today. Brett Willis (#16 Lola T330) leads Sefton Gibb (Lola T332). And Clark Proctor (March 73A) on the charge in the second MSC race of the weekend on Sunday morning. Photo credit: Fast Company/Alex Mitchell

 

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: MichaelLyons 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

 

2013/14 MSC New Zealand F5000 Tasman Cup Revival Series
Calendar
Rnd 1: Nov 8-10 2013 'The Sound' MG Classic Manfeild Feilding
Rnd 2: Jan 17-19 2014 NZFMR Ferrari Festival - 1 Hampton Downs Nth Waikato
Rnd 3: Jan 24-26 2014 NZFMR Ferrari Festival - 2 Hampton Downs Nth Waikato
Rnd 4: Feb 01-02 2014 Skope Classic Powerbuilt Tools Raceway @ Ruapuna Park Christchurch

 

2013/14 Formula 5000 Australia Cup Series (invitational rounds)
Rnd 1: Aug 31-Sept 01 2013 Muscle Car Masters meeting Sydney Motorsport Park Sydney
Rnd 2: Sept 13-15 2013 Sandown 500 meeting (V8 Supercars) Sandown Melbourne
Rnd 3: Nov 08-10 2013 Sandown Historics meeting Sandown Melbourne
Rnd 4: March 07-09 2014 Phillip Island Classic meeting Phillip Island Melbourne