Hot Cars in Chilly Conditions
Antarctic winds and chilly temperatures prevailed over Sandown Raceway last weekend for the third round of the Victorian Circuit Racing Championship.
The Victorian State Circuit Racing Championships have been running continuously since 1975.
This championship is conducted over four rounds and features categories for action-packed and close racing: Formula Ford and HQ Holdens categories to name just a few.
But of most interest to us at Driven Threads, is the Improved Production category and the Super Sports Car category, featuring Ferrari, Lamborghini, Porsche and Dodge Viper Sports Cars.
This particular event also featured Round 5 of the Porsche 944 Challenge. This particular category caters for any 944 model (built from 1982 to 1989) with the single cam non-turbo 2.5 litre fuel injected engine.
The 944 achieved near-perfect 50:50 weight distribution, thanks in part to the utilization of a transaxle at the vehicle’s rear, with power supplied though a torque tube. This is budget motorsport at its best. With the 944 platform proving a reliable and affordable vehicle to meet the gruelling demands of hard racing.
The Improved Production class features a variety of cars.
Among the numerous E30′s, Rx7′s and Commodores, was this Mondeo. Not something that you don’t usually associate with a track car, atleast in Australia anyway.
One of the quickest Rx7′s was this example, circuiting the track in around 1:24.
With its appropriate M striped livery, this is the first time we’ve seen this BMW E46 compact on the track. Its laps hovering around the 1:26 mark.
But, for the real x factor and true excitement its hard to ignore the spectacle of the Sports Car class.
Call them what you will; Exotica, Hypercars, Supercars. There are no words to describe the atmosphere and noise as these cars prepare in the dummy grid to enter the circuit.
With Sandown Raceway literally a stones throw away from residential properties, I’m sure the amazing aural experience produced from the Sports Car Category could be heard in many lounge and living rooms as the green flag was signalled.
The most predominant car in the sports car class, is not surprisingly the Porsche GT3. However as you will see, it really is a mixed bag in this category.
Of the range of highly desirable machinery was this R35 GTR lapping around 1:15 mark. The two tone effect suits the sharp lines and creases of the 35.
Driven Threads approve of the awesome Cammo wrap applied to this wide bodied porsche.
The Porsche 993 Supercup is a great shape. The raised extension on the rear aero spoiler adds to the menacing appearance and would obviously aid in additional down force.
For ultimate ‘coolness’ factor it has to be the Audi R8. Afer seven years of production its still every school boy’s dream car.
This fine specimen is the Melbourne Performance Centre/Skwirk.com.au Audi R8 LMS GT3.
Producing a blisteringly rapid lap time of a 1:12.4535. In true R8 fashion, it was the quickest time in class.
We want one. How much is a liver worth again?
Accruing the most championship points in this class was Steven Mc Laughlan, the winner of Round 3 piloting this epic Dodge Viper. His fastest lap time was a 1:12.9256.
Ferrari 430 Challenge in its correct colour, the piercing sound of the 4.3L V8 penetrating the ears as it passed along the Sandown straight.
Never intimidating by the big guns, this category also features the NB MX5 SP driven by Christine Boak.
This R32 GTR was impressive with some serious rear full slick rubber.
Gozilla achieved a best time of 1:18.3739.
The Ferrari 360 has got to be one of the prettiest modern Ferrari’s produced.
The 3.6 L Tipo F131 V8 screamed through the front straight. The sound of a Ferrari downshifting on entry of Turn 1 is utterly glorious.
This rapid Corvette GT3 reflected in the light, producing a quickest lap of 1:18.1229.
There was close racing between these two TVR entries.
George Vidovic’s hand built and custom Python SR302 is an eye catching machine.
Lamborghini Gallardo LP520, the sound of the 5.2 L V10 at full song was impressive to say the least.
Watching all the action was this Elfin. Sure looks like a fun car for Sunday Drive to the race track.
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