SMITH GETS PERFECT START TO TRIBUTE RACE WEEKEND

In the first series' race on the new 3.8km International circuit at the now Tony Quinn-owned Hampton Downs facility south of Auckland, category young gun Alan Dunkley (Lola T332) was quicker in both practise sessions on Friday and joined Smith on the front row of the grid. 

In a bold move around the outside on the daunting downhill first turn and through the new section of the circuit Dunkley then edged ahead of the 75-year-old to lead the first two laps. 

Smith got back in front to lead the third lap, however, and Dunkley slowed then pulled off the track three laps later with engine issues. 

With Dunkley out UK-based series returnee Mark Dwyer (Lola T332) inherited second after a race-long duel with high-profile local all-rounder Clark Proctor (March 73A/1). 

Fellow Aucklander Grant Martin (Talon MR1A) started and finished fourth with Melbourne driver Paul Zazryn the first of the Australian competitors chasing Trans-Tasman Trophy points in fifth and working his way up from eighth place on the grid.  

Sixth - after quickly shrugging off a three-place grid penalty for a spin in qualifying - was SAS Autoparts man David Banks (Talon MR1) with a gap back to Australian ace Bryan Sala (Matich A50/51) then a close following Aaron Burson (McRae GM1) and Glenn Richards (Lola T400).  

Richards was the big mover in the mid-pack, worked his way up from 15th on the grid to ninth at the flag. 

First of series newcomers from the UK was Brit Chris Atkinson (Surtees TS8) who finished 13th ahead of Australian driver Peter Brennan (Lola T330), and Aaron Burson's father Peter in his McRae GM1, with Ian Riley (Lola T332) 16th. 

Action at the track and Ken Smith meeting continues tomorrow. 

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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2016/17 SAS Autoparts MSC NZ F5000 Tasman Cup Revival Series 
Qualifying
1. Ken Smith (Lola T332) 1:29.015  
2. Alan Dunkley (Lola T332) 1:30.075
3. Clark Proctor March 73A/1) 1:33.309        
4. Grant Martin (Talon MR1A) 1:33.359       
5. Mark Dwyer (Lola T332) 1:33.722 
6. David Banks (Talon MR1) 1:33.824
7. Brett Willis  (Lola T330) 1:34.068
8. Paul Zazryn (Lola T332) 1:34.264  
9. Bryan Sala (Matich A50/51) 1:34.659        
10. Aaron Burson (McRae GM1) 1:35.026    
11. Peter Brennan (Lola T330) 1:35.427        
12. Russell Greer (Lola T332) 1:36.913          
13. Ian Clements (Lola T332) 1:37.399          
14. Chris Atkinson (Surtees TS8) 1:39.073    
15. Glenn Richards (Lola T400) 1:40.218      
16. Ian Riley 1:40.465 (Lola T332) 
17. Shayne Windelburn (Lola T400) 1:41.572           
18. Bill Hemming (Elfin MR8) 1:44.027        
19. Peter Burson (McRae GM1) 1:44.590      
20. Frank Karl (McLaren M10B) 1:47.522     
21. Karl Zohs (Chevron B32) 1:54.910          
22. Mike Sidgewick (Trojan T101) 1:56.481  
23. Gregory Thornton (Chevron B24) 0.000 

Race 1 (8 laps) Saturday
1. Ken Smith 12:09:786
2. Mark Dwyer +16.214
3. Clark Proctor +16.721
4. Grant Martin +29.163
5. Paul Zazryn +31.289
6. David Banks +31.957
7. Bryan Sala +44.594
8. Aaron Burson +45.046
9. Glenn Richards +45.129
10. Ian Clements +45.995
11. Russell Greer +49.636
12. Shayne Windelburn +59.000
13. Chris Atkinson + 1.12.908
14. Peter Brennan +1.20.012
15. Peter Burson +1.24.963
16. Ian Riley 1.29.471
17. Bill Hemming +1 lap
18. Frank Karl +1 lap
19. Mike Sidgewick +1 lap
20. Karl Zohs +1  lap
dnf Brett Willis, Alan Dunkley.