Out to play at the Island!

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The Victorian SuperSprint Championship is back in full swing for 2013. Driven Threads was able to capture all the action as Round 1 took place at Phillip Island. To be conducted over four rounds in 2013, Driven Threads will be out there to bring you coverage of this great series.

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From daily drivers (that literally drove to the track) to trailered all-out track cars, this Sprint format caters for everyone.

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That view! This is what racing at Phillip Island is all about. It’s a magical place.

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As in all track meets, the car park was also full of interesting and varied rides.

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It was great to see a few Radicals out on the track. These are the ultimate track-day weapon if you have a thick wallet. Super quick, these feather-weights track the island in around sub 1:35’s. The SR3 RS version is built on a spaceframe chassis, and uses a variety of  turboed motorcycle engines for power. Producing around 188kw, the SR3 RS climbs to 100 clicks in just 3.1 seconds.

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Not surprisingly, one of the quickest cars on the day (slightly behind the Radical), was the 35 GTR clocking a 1:35. It looked fast standing still. More pics of this beast further down.

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We’ve seen this classic and rather photogenic 911 at Winton before. It demands attention.

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It’s so refreshing to see genuine classics used in a competitive manner.

Unfortunately this mechanically plagued GT3 was packed away after a short stint on the track.

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This fresh Kamei Golf replica was out on its track debut after a full track build by its passionate VW enthusiast owner.

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With custom fibre-glass body panels, widened fenders, full roll-cage, perspex windows, full cage…you name it this little Golf has it.

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The car is powered by a fully built 16V with an Audi TT bottom end. The impeccable attention to detail apparent in the stunning engine bay. No short cuts, just utter quality.

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Further testing and tuning will reveal more horsepower and quicker lap times for this hot hatch of epic proportions.

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What has been deemed unnecessary has been removed, proving a potent package in a lightweight shell.

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Its eye-catching Kamei livery meaning- you never loose sight of it on the track.

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This BMW E30 325 was cutting some clean laps, with sub 2:00 times.

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Like most Sprint events, the laps were all fairly smooth with very little off-track excursions. Although, pictured below are a couple of cars creating a bit of dust storm on turn 12 from a minor off.

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Ater an overcast morning, perfect Summer conditions presented with the track glistening against the sun.

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Yes. It’s a genuine E30 M3. A rare sight on the track. I want one.

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Its so great to see such an iconic ’80’s legend out on the track.

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It’s not everyday that you see a BMW M Coupe on the track, let alone the road. Is it a hatch or a coupe? Such unique rear styling! There is no doubting it’s tougher and a much better proposition than a Z3. It was clocking around the 2:01 mark around the island. Unfortunately it looks to have sustained some side panel damage.

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This fast-cornering 2 Litre Elfin Clubman tracked around the 1:50 mark in its designated class.

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I love the JDM feel and colour combo of this Civic. The driver seemed to revel in throwing his track toy around the track’s twisties.

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With over 430kw at the wheels the Nextstep Racing GTR has been tuned by Croydon Racing Developments. The custom Bilstein suspension and race slicks aided in super quick lap times. This car was named the winner of Motor magazine’s 2011 “Hot Tuner Shootout.”

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And then the exotics came out to play. They were not part of the SuperSprint but were there for license testing requirements and practise. Whilst not officially racing, they were no doubt the crowd favourites  With a standing start- it was still thoroughly entertaining seeing supercars doing what they do best.

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Black or Red 430. Convertible or Fixed roof? What’s your poison?

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More cars need a transparent panel over their engines.

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The iconic lines of this D-type replica never fail to draw a second look.

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For more information on the 2013 Victorian SuperSprint Championship visit the website here.

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Thanks so much for reading.

We hope you have enjoyed our words and pictures.

Stay tuned for more coverage coming soon to Driven Threads. Watch this space.

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