NSW Series Final Results
27 October 2014
Round 7 of the NSW F1 Series was held at the Orange club in NSW and double points were up for grabs. Results, race report and photos.
The final round of the 2014 NSW Formula 1 Series was held last weekend.
After 7 hard fought rounds, and double points in the final round, the result was a tie with both Beth Cullen and Patrick Saelzie on 496 points each.
Round by Round pointscore can be found here.
I'm sure all of the participants would like to thank Bob Death for his efforts in organising the series.
Race report on Round 7
by Beth Cullen
After seven rounds, 18 A main finals, and nine days of racing throughout the year the 2014 NSW F1 title ended in an unexpected tie between Beth Cullen and Patrick Saelzie.
Two heats of drivers turned up for the double points round at Orange in the states west, with the main contingent of Castle Hill and Orange drivers making up the field, with the Orange track a true back to grass roots racing parking lot track. The track provided its own challenges with undulations and off camber corners challenging the F1 field.
Local knowledge helping Saelzie with the fastest Q1 run first up, closely followed by Cullen, title favorite Rob Wright, and state touring car ace Jeffrey Mackie. As the morning went on, the temperature and the pace rose as the track came on grip, with most competitors switching to Ride’s for Q2. It was a decisive move as all the drivers that stayed on Pit’s struggled for the round. Jeffery’s car was now working well and moved to fastest in Q2 followed by Cullen and Saelzie.
The final qualifier was a tense affair, and with the track still improving, it meant that it would all come down to the last run to see who made it in the A. Two costly mistakes by Cullen would drop her down to fourth with Saelzie taking third. Rob Wright was having a better run but still not completely happy with the car setup moved into second, while out in front Jeffrey was unchallenged for the top qualifier with a faultless performance.
Dean Jones had his best run of the season to qualify fifth with Alan Kemp and Bob Death not far behind, the final spot in the A going to Orange racer Peter Kazanis.
With all the finals eight minutes long, it was a race of attrition for the B Final with Brad Denning taking first, followed by Trevor Johnston, and a closely following Jim Blacker.
With Orange being a double points round to emulate the real F1 calendar, there would be two eight minute A finals to decide the champion. The first final went flawlessly for Mackie leading from start to finish, only briefly challenged by Cullen who had an impressive start to get past both Saelzie and Wright in the opening stages. But with her car fading for pace towards the end of the run and unable to challenge for the win, Saelzie finished the race in third place, and Wright struggled for consistency to finish fourth.
The second final was not so straight forward for Mackie, with Saelzie shadowing for the entire eight minutes but unable to find a way past. Cullen made a rare error at the start falling behind both Dean Jones and Alan Kemp but able to fight past on the first lap. At the half way mark Rob Wright retired from third due to car issues which opened the championship wide open. Beth now inherited third but unable to make any inroads on Saelzie and Mackie out front.
Alan Kemp was able to pass Dean Jones for a season best fifth, with Bob Death finishing sixth, followed by Peter Kazanis.
With both Cullen and Saelazie tied for points over both finals, Saelazie was able to take second on count back with the faster final run, thus setting up tied points for the series! Mackie taking the round win.
Thanks to the Orange Club for hosting the final round with Linda Johnstone behind the computer working tirelessly all day.
And finally thanks to Bob Death for organising the 2014 NSW F1 series. It will be back bigger and better in 2015.
Race report on Round 6
by Beth Cullen
Round 6 of the NSW F1 series headed to the large and flowing Greater Western Sydney RC club in the west of Sydney for the penultimate round of the championship. Very warm weather greeted drivers which meant the action was both hot on and off the track. With the warmer temperatures there was no debate about tyre choice for the day with all the field running Ride R1’s on the rear to cope with the hot conditions.
In qualifying it was Bradd Vercoe out in front who had the speed and consistency to hold off Rob Wright for the TQ spot. Slightly off the pace of Rob and Brad was the always consistent Beth Cullen in third, and Ian Webber in 4th who has been in the A’s consistently throughout the series. Peter Kazanis made the long trip to qualify 5th while the battle behind between Dean Jones and Trevor Johnstone lasted all day. The final qualifier in the A was newcomer Jake Williams who has been improving all year.
As the day continued to heat up, a vote by the drivers meant it was now just one ten minute final rather than the usual 3 to allow everyone to leave at a reasonable time.
The Race was on at the start between Bradd and Rob close out front until an error on lap 5 saw Rob able to get past Bradd for the lead, with Rob and Bradd trading fastest times there was nothing in it between the 2 all race with Rob holding out Bradd for the win. Beth again staying out of trouble in third was a further 10 seconds back to fill the podium.
Ian also had a consistent run back in 4th while Dean was able to get past both Peter and Trevor to finish a credible 5th his best result for the season and Jake rounding out the field in 8th.
Robs win puts him in the lead of the series heading into the final round at Orange on October 19th, Beth very close behind with only two points separating the two, meaning the championship will go down to the wire with double points on offer for the final.
Thanks go to the Greater Western Sydney RC club crew for running the day.