TRANS-TASMAN HONOURS SPLIT 50/50 IN PERTH F5000 RETURN

The occasion was the annual Shannons Perth Classic motor racing meeting and the 14-strong field of Formula 5000 cars was there to contest the opening round of this season's SAS Autoparts MSC NZ F5000 Tasman Cup Revival Series.

The popular series, a staple of historic motor racing meetings on both sides of the Tasman for the past 14 years, has always had a trans-Tasman component to it. But this season, for the first time, this has been formalised with a special Trans-Tasman Trophy 'series-within-a-series' over the first four rounds, the first two in Australia this and next month and the next two in New Zealand in January next year.

So it was entirely appropriate at the big Perth meeting that the honours would be evenly split, Aussie series' regular Bryan Sala (Matich A50) from Melbourne winning the first two class races of the weekend on Saturday (in an Australian-designed and built car no less) and Kiwi Grant Martin (Talon MR1A) from Auckland winning the two on Sunday (in a car with a strong Kiwi heritage).

Sala got things rolling with pole on Friday - from Martin and Melbournite Paul Zazryn (Lola T332) - then went on to win both Saturday's races from Martin, Zazryn and Kiwi Glenn Richards (Lola T400).

Martin staked his claim late in the first of two races on Sunday, pouncing as Sala was slowed with a minor fuel leak to claim his debut series' win, before making it two out of two with a second win - this time from lights to flag and with the fastest lap as well - in the 15-lap SAS Autoparts MSC series feature event later in the day.

Bryan Sala hung on to cross the line in third place in the two-part first Sunday race, and also finished third in the feature race, in this case behind Martin and Paul Zazryn but ahead of David Banks (Talon MR1) and fellow Kiwis Brett Willis (Lola T330), Glenn Richards (Lola T400), Aaron Burson (McRae GM1) and Tony Roberts (McLaren M10A).

Series newcomer Ian Riley (Lola T332) from New Plymouth enjoyed his class debut with an impressive sub-minute qualifying time and spirited dices across the four races with Bill Hemming and his Australian-built Elfin MR 8 A. So too did the other category and series debutant at the meeting, local racing identity Joe Ricciardo, father of Red Bull F1 driver Daniel., who gave his recently acquired McLaren M10 a run on Friday and Saturday.

Crowd reaction to the return of the F5000s to the Perth track after such a long break was overwhelmingly positive, grid walks proving particularly popular both days.

The only dampener was in the first race on Sunday when Kiwi Frank Karl's McLaren M10B caught fire and the race had to be stopped while safety crews doused the flames.

Next stop for the SAS Autoparts MSC series and its new Trans-Tasman 'series-within-a-series' is the 25th annual Historic Sandown meeting in Melbourne over the November 05-06 weekend.

The series then returns 'home' for the remaining three rounds, the first at the NZ Festival of Motor Racing meeting (which this time celebrates the career of four-time series title holder Ken Smith) at Hampton Downs near Auckland between January 20 and 22, and the second at the big Historic F1 vs F5000 Race of Champions Revival meeting at Taupo's Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park the weekend after.

The final will then be contested at the annual Skope Classic meeting at Christchurch's Mike Pero Motorsport circuit at Ruapuna Park between February 03 and 05.

The 2016/17 SAS Autoparts MSC NZ F5000 Tasman Cup Revival Series is organised and run with the support of sponsors SAS Autoparts, MSC, NZ Express Transport, Bonney's Specialized Bulk Transport, Mobil Lubricants, Pacifica, Avon Tyres, Webdesign and Exide Batteries.

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CAPTION

Sunday race winner Grant Martin (Talon MR1A). Photo credit: Fast Company/Boots & Gillie

RESULTS

Rnd 1 2016/17 SAS Autoparts MSC NZ F5000 Tasman Cup Revival Series Shannons Perth Classic meeting Barbagallo Raceway Perth WA Fri-Sun Oct 21-23 2016

Qualifying

1. Bryan Sala (VIC) Matich A50 0:55.9196

2. Grant Martin (NZ) Talon MRIA 0:56.5886

3. Paul Zazryn (VIC) Lola T332 0:56.8314

4. Glenn Richards (NZ) Lola T400 0:57.0802

5. Aaron Burson (NZ) McRae GM1 0:57.9908

6. David Banks (NZ) Talon F5000 0:58.0212

7. Brett Willis (NZ) Lola T330 0:58.4565

8. Ian Riley (NZ) Lola T332 0:59.1504

9. Bill Hemming (VIC) Elfin MR 0:59.6676

10. Frank Karl (NZ) McLaren M10B 1:01.2494

11. Tony Roberts (NZ) McLaren M10A 1:01.2860

12. Joe Ricciardo (WA) McLaren 1:02.3077

13. Rod Carroll (NSW) Lola T140 1:03.4350

 

Race 1 Sat

1. Bryan Sala (VIC) Matich A50 7:43.2493

2. Grant Martin (NZ) Talon MRIA 7:43.8270

3. Paul Zazryn (VIC) Lola T332 7:44.6046

4. Glenn Richards (NZ) Lola T400 7:51.0790

5. Brett Willis (NZ) Lola T330 7:55.1553

6. Aaron Burson (NZ) McRae GM1 7:59.2242

7. Bill Hemming (VIC) Elfin MR 8 8:10.7249

8. Ian Riley (NZ) Lola T332 8:11.6572

9. Tony Roberts (NZ) McLaren M10A 8:17.3051

10. Frank Karl (NZ) McLaren M10B 8:19.3494

11. Joe Ricciardo (WA) McLaren 8:30.4582

12. Rod Carroll (NSW) Lola T140 8:44.9824

DNF. David Banks (NZ) Talon F5000 1

 

Race 2

1. Bryan Sala (VIC) Matich A50 7:41.6958

2. Grant Martin (NZ) Talon MRIA 7:43.0383

3. Paul Zazryn (VIC) Lola T332 7:43.3832 3 0:56.7776*

4. Glenn Richards (NZ) Lola T400 7:53.6440

5. Brett Willis (NZ) Lola T330 7:54.2706

6 David Banks (NZ) Talon F5000 7:58.1088

7. Aaron Burson (NZ) McRae GM1 8:03.2344

8. Ian Riley (NZ) Lola T332 8:09.0183

9. Bill Hemming (VIC) Elfin MR 8 8:09.5799

10. Tony Roberts (NZ) McLaren M10A 8:14.2000

11. Frank Karl (NZ) McLaren M10B 8:14.4389

12. Joe Ricciardo (WA) McLaren 8:23.8173

13. Rod Carroll (NSW) Lola T140 8:24.3951

 

Race 3 11 Laps

1. Grant Martin (NZ) Talon MRIA 23:17.6018

2. Paul Zazryn (VIC) Lola T332 23:18.8446

3. Bryan Sala (VIC) Matich A50 23:20.9524 2 0:57.2335*

4. David Banks (NZ) Talon F5000 23:21.4746

5. Brett Willis (NZ) Lola T330 23:22.0878

6. Glenn Richards (NZ) Lola T400 23:22.4216

7. Aaron Burson (NZ) McRae GM1 23:25.4106

8. Bill Hemming (VIC) Elfin MR 8 23:27.6215

9. Tony Roberts (NZ) McLaren M10A 23:30.3449

10. Rod Carroll (NSW) Lola T140 23:32.7057

DNF. Joe Ricciardo (WA) McLaren Frank Karl (NZ) McLaren M10B; Ian Riley (NZ) Lola T332

 

Race 4 15 Laps

1. Grant Martin (NZ) Talon MRIA 14:31.8479 0:57.2847*

2. Paul Zazryn (VIC) Lola T332 14:32.1415

3. Bryan Sala (VIC) Matich A50 14:43.9486

4. David Banks (NZ) Talon F5000 14:47.5831

5. Brett Willis (NZ) Lola T330 14:49.1513

6. Glenn Richards (NZ) Lola T400 14:49.7627

7. Aaron Burson (NZ) McRae GM1 15:08.0586

8. Tony Roberts (NZ)McLaren M10A 15:16.9636

9. Bill Hemming (VIC) Elfin MR 8 15:17.2424

10. Ian Riley (NZ) Lola T332 15:27.1127

11. Rod Carroll (NSW) Lola T14015:51.3251

CALENDAR

2016/17 New Zealand F5000 Tasman Cup Revival Series

Rnd 1 - Oct 22-23 2016 – Barbagallo Raceway Perth WA Aust

Rnd 2 - Nov 05-06 2016 – VHRR Sandown Melbourne VIC, Aust

Rnd 3 - Jan 21-22 2017 - NZFMR - Kenny Smith – Hampton Downs Auckland NZ

Rnd 4 - Jan 28-29 2017 - Race of Champions Revival - Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park Taupo NZ

Rnd 5 - Feb 04-05 2017 – Skope Classic Mike Pero Motorsport Park Ruapuna Christchurch, NZ