Battles aplenty at Eastern Creek

Tuesday 25 June, 2019
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The CAMS New South Wales Motor Racing Championship has held its fourth round for the year with around 180 competitors racing at Sydney Motorsport Park. 
Fans attending Eastern Creek were treated to a spectacle, with lots of close racing throughout the seven different categories.

Boasting the largest field of the weekend, around 60 drivers entered Production Touring Cars, which was split into the two groups for qualifying and the first two races before a final endurance race saw Jimmy Vernon claim the round win

Vernon was consistent all weekend finishing qualifying in second, before claiming both his first race and the final race ahead of Anthony Soole and Michael King.

The Touring Cars were one of two categories to hold endurance races with Production Sports Cars having two 50-minute races across the weekend.

Audi R8 Ultra pilot Vince Muriti was too good for the remainder of the competition, claiming a clean sweep in both qualifying and race sessions, while both Rick Bates and Brad Schumacher shared the spoils for the remaining podium spots with each securing a runner-up and third place.


Completing all three races on Saturday, the Supersports put on fantastic racing in their three track appearances and it was Darren Barlow who ended the weekend with top honours in the category thanks to his two race wins. 

Following his weekend’s win and the success of the event, the CAMS NSW Motor Race Panel Chairman was thrilled with the round's quality and the racing so far in 2019.
“We had seven categories all up and the quality of the racing was really good amongst all of them,” Barlow said.
“There were no red flags on the Saturday and it's always nice to have an incident free weekend that features good and close racing.
“The NSW championship is in a really good position at the moment. It is Australia’s most popular championship and it’s very competitive amongst all the categories in their respective standings.
“We have maintained our entries for the last couple of years from where we have been previously. We are similar to where were last year in terms of numbers so it’s really good.
“From a competitor’s point of view, I really enjoy racing in the championships too because of the quality of entrants competing and I suppose this round I was lucky enough to win after some good battles with Alex Kenny.”

Notable results from the other categories saw Brett Osborn and Aaron Lee enjoy clean sweeps in their respective categories with Osborn taking out three victories in the HQ Holdens and Lee winning the Formula Vees.

Nothing could separate Steven Lacey and Scott Reed in the Sports Sedans as Lacey’s two race wins were it the perfect preparation for the national round at the Shannons Nationals next month.

In Sunday’s Superkarts session, Tony Moit’s good work to pick up multiple race wins was undone when he failed to finish the final race of the weekend, which was won by Aaron Cogger.