An impressive list of entries for Winton will see a number of cars and faces return as well as some interesting names.
The outright V8 class features three quick cars, series leader Phil Chester will swap out his steed from the first three rounds and line-up in the familiar British Racing Green MG C Sebring V8 that was run at the recent Sandown by Glen Wood under the Bristle Blaster Australia team banner, Chester is stepping across from his regular blue V8 to allow Glen’s brother Dale Wood to drive the car with #77 on the door. Returning after skipping rounds 2 and 3 is Rob Whitwell in the Abbotsford Crash Repairs GT V8 who will be looking to get some good track time and make headway on the cars setup after recent redevelopments.
The smaller open class capacity cars has some strong numbers, a late withdrawal has been Damien Meyer in his mighty Midget from NSW leaving the two other Midget’s to battle it out, Greg Hewson hopefully has some teething issues out of his immaculate white Midget while Rod Well’s K powered car will line-up alongside. The pair will no doubt be very close around the tight and technical layout of Winton Raceway. Jason Holmes ZR turbo will be a quick car as well looking to capitalise on strong running the last two rounds at Sandown, the modern cars extend with Vince Gucciardo in his TF LE500 who will battle against team mate Rhys Howell who is jumping into the TF Cup of GB Galv/Bristle Blaster Australia which was formerly run by Vince and Glen Wood before that. Rhys Howell has recently been campaigning a Nissan GTR in the Victorian Sports Car Championship so this will be a very very different car to drive. Rounding out the field in Open is John Stevenson in his MG TC special and Paul Vernall who is having his first run for the year.
The Modern field is smaller than expected, Andrew Watson and Jim Dodd both unable to run this round leaving class leader Chris Gidney who will be battling two drivers who both haven’t run before. Nahum Ayliffe who recently sold his MG Midget and bought an unraced MG ZS will have some big hills to climb while new to the series and at this point just a one off run is Maddison Gray with past series campaigns in Formula Vee and most recently the Australian Production Car Championship will be looking for a good run.
Group S is packed with competitors, leading the way is Richard Milligan who has stepped back from his V8 to the four cylinder MG B and took out Round 2 this year at Sandown will return for a challenge on the Wolfchester Abingdon Cup, joining him is NSW driver Bret McManus in a Rowntree Automotive MG B that will no doubt be very quick. Local driver Peter Dunn returns to his MG B while David Aberdeen is the sole B GT driver in Group S. Returning after a year off and looking to stake his claim on the trophy is Ross Kaigg, the blue B Roadster is very quick and Ross is looking forward to returning to the seat. Another fast competitor returning is David Anderson who will return and will make it a 4th driver easily capable of being fastest in this class, Anderson has a lot of experience on track and recently has been focusing on the Group S championship. The final two drivers of Richard Vollebregt who has had two seasons away while he has been in the USA and mum Jane who has recently purchased the purple MG B of Louise Simmonds that she is getting acclimatised to.
The Invited British campaigners see regulars Ursula Weidenmuller, Ed Ferguson and Geoff St John Cox line up in their Triumphs to be joined by NSW competitors Bob Rowntree and Simon Meyer in their Austin Healey Sprite’s. The final competitor is Jim Robertson, the familiar MG Midget with it’s L18 Special rounds out a strong field of entrants
Friday will have 3x practice sessions with Qualifying at 9:15am Saturday and Race 1 at 1:20pm (10 Laps). Sunday see’s two races, 12:05 and the feature 15 lap race at 2:35pm.
|2||Heli-Corp||Jim Robertson||MG Midget||Specials|
|3||JHR||Jason Holmes||MG ZR||Open|
|7||John Stevenson||MG TC Special||Open|
|10||Morris Garages||Richard Milligan||MG B Roadster||Group S|
|12||GB Galvanizing||Vince Gucciardo||MG TF LE500||Open|
|13||David Aberdeen||MG B GT||Group S|
|18||Greg Hewson||MG Midget||Open|
|19||Gidney Motorsport||Chris Gidney||MG ZR||Modern|
|20||Bret McManus||MG B Roadster||Group S|
|21||PS Dunn Solicitors||Peter Dunn||MG B Roadster||Group S|
|25||Abbotsford Collision||Rob Whitwell||MG B GT V8||Open|
|28||JHR||Paul Vernall||MG ZR 190||Open|
|29||Nahum Ayliffe||MG ZS||Modern|
|36||Pathfinder Australia||Ross Kaigg||MG B Roadster||Group S|
|39||Bristle Blaster Australia||Rhys Howell||MG TF Cup||Open|
|42||Peter Meyer Blinds||Simon Meyer||Austin Healey Sprite||Inv British|
|43||Ed Ferguson||Triumph TR7||Inv British|
|46||Aussie Pools||Richard Vollebregt||MG B Roadster||Group S|
|60||JHR||Rod Wells||MG ZR||Open|
|66||Aussie Pools||David Anderson||MG B Roadster||Group S|
|72||Bristle Blaster Australia||Phil Chester||MG C Sebring V8||Open|
|74||Tracing||Ursula Weidenmuller||Triumph TR6||Inv British|
|77||Sign Point Signs||Dale Wood||MG B GT V8||Open|
|93||JHR||Maddison Gray||MG ZR 160||Modern|
|95||Babysmart||Geoff St John Cox||Triumph TR7||Inv British|
|127||Rowntree Automotive||Bob Rowntree||MG B Roadster||Group S|
|149||Jane Vollebregt||MG B Roadster||Group S|