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F5000: Clements tipped as man to beat

 

Two-time champion Ian Clements (Lola T332) looks set to again be the man to beat as members of New Zealand's Formula 5000 Association begin their preparations for the first local round of the 2006/07 F5000 Tasman Cup Revival Series in the New Year.

Untitled Document Clements qualified quickest and won two of the three races at the first round of the 2006/07 series at Sandown Park in Melbourne in November.

And with long-time rival and 2004/05 series winner Murray Sinclair (Lola T332) announcing his retirement immediately after the Australian meeting, fellow Christchurch man Clements heads to the first New Zealand round of the 2006/07 series at Pukekohe at the end of January with a healthy series points lead.

After qualifying third quickest and claiming two seconds and a third in the races, Sinclair remains second in the series points standings, but his car is now for sale and as long as he doesn't have second thoughts, Stan Redmond (Lola T332) is the man most likely.

Redmond was not quite on the pace of his fellow Christchurch-based Lola T332 runners at Sandown Park but at the final round of the 2005/06 series at Pukekohe at the beginning of the year he qualified his McRae GM1 quickest and finished second in both races.

Keen to claim local honours at Pukekohe however is one of the new-generation of drivers in the category, Aucklander Aaron Burson.

He and father Peter Burson joined the New Zealand Formula 5000 Association last year after buying the ex Tony Roberts Talon MR1A and Aaron has been getting faster with every outing in the care, carding a 7-5-4 run through the races at Sandown Park for fourth overall in the points standings heading to Pukekohe.

Though the Australian drivers - notably race one winner Andrew Robson and category prime-mover Bob Harborow - are not able to make it across the Tasman for the Pukekohe meeting, there are now more than enough New Zealand-based F5000 cars to make a 20-strong field.

That number continues to climb as well, with Peter Burson (Aaron's father) having just taken delivery of an ex Roy Long McRae GM1 which he hopes to run at the Pukekohe meeting.

Former series regular Roger Williams, who last year sold his McRae GM1 to Alastair Russell, has also bought another car - another Lola T332 - and it could also be ready in time for the Pukekohe meeting.

The Tasman Revival meeting has become the biggest and most important classic and historic race meetings in the country with co-organisers Tony Roberts and Chris Watson expecting the '07 entry (including support classes) to top the 300 mark.

"We had 260 alone at our first meeting of the season in September," said Watson this morning, "and there's already been a lot of interest in the January meeting."

The Tasman Cup Revival Series will again headline the meeting with support from a number of crowd-pleasing tin-top classes including SuperGT, three different Muscle Car classes and the new BMW E31 series.

The New Zealand Formula 5000 Association has also finalised the calendar for the 2006/07 series with the Placemakers Classic meeting at Timaru's Timaru International Raceway (Levels) hosting the third round over the March 10/11 weekend and Australia's Victorian Historic Racing Register hosting the final at Phillip Island a month later.

2006/07 F5000 Tasman Cup Revival Series

Points after Rnd 1 of 4

1. Ian Clements (Lola T332, Christchurch) 82 points

2. Murray Sinclair (Lola T332, Christchurch) 74

3. Stan Redmond (Lola T332, Christchurch) 60

4. Aaron Burson (Talon MR1A, Auckland) 52

5. David Abbot (Lola T430, Christchurch) 40

6. Tony Richards (Lola T332, Christchurch) 36

7. Shane Windelburn (Lola T400, Auckland) 34

8=. Andrew Robson (Lola T332, Australia) 24

8=. John McKinlay (March 73A/2, Auckland) 24

10. Robert Harborow (Lola T163, Australia) 20

11. Poul Christie (Lola T190, Auckland) 18

12=. Kerry Anderson (Lola T142, Christchurch) 12

12=. Stuart Lush (McRae GM1, Auckland) 12

14. Aaron Lewis (Chevron B24, Australia) 8

15=. Bill Hemming (Elfin MR8 AC, Australia) 4

15=. Roger Townshend (Lola T142, Christchurch) 4

17. Philip Lewis (Matich A50, Australia) 0

CALENDAR

Rnd 1: November 10-12 2006 Sandown Park (Melbourne, Aust)

Rnd 2: January 26-18 2007 Tasman Grand Prix Pukekohe Park (Pukekohe, NZ)

Rnd 3: February 9-11 2007 The Placemakers Classic Timaru Int. Motor Raceway (Timaru, NZ)

Rnd 4: March 9-11 2007 VHRR Historic Meeting Phillip Island (Vic, Aust)


Clements qualified quickest and won two of the three races at the first round of the 2006/07 series at Sandown Park in Melbourne in November.

And with long-time rival and 2004/05 series winner Murray Sinclair (Lola T332) announcing his retirement immediately after the Australian meeting, fellow Christchurch man Clements heads to the first New Zealand round of the 2006/07 series at Pukekohe at the end of January with a healthy series points lead.

After qualifying third quickest and claiming two seconds and a third in the races, Sinclair remains second in the series points standings, but his car is now for sale and as long as he doesn't have second thoughts, Stan Redmond (Lola T332) is the man most likely.

Redmond was not quite on the pace of his fellow Christchurch-based Lola T332 runners at Sandown Park but at the final round of the 2005/06 series at Pukekohe at the beginning of the year he qualified his McRae GM1 quickest and finished second in both races.

Keen to claim local honours at Pukekohe however is one of the new-generation of drivers in the category, Aucklander Aaron Burson.

He and father Peter Burson joined the New Zealand Formula 5000 Association last year after buying the ex Tony Roberts Talon MR1A and Aaron has been getting faster with every outing in the care, carding a 7-5-4 run through the races at Sandown Park for fourth overall in the points standings heading to Pukekohe.

Though the Australian drivers - notably race one winner Andrew Robson and category prime-mover Bob Harborow - are not able to make it across the Tasman for the Pukekohe meeting, there are now more than enough New Zealand-based F5000 cars to make a 20-strong field.

That number continues to climb as well, with Peter Burson (Aaron's father) having just taken delivery of an ex Roy Long McRae GM1 which he hopes to run at the Pukekohe meeting.

Former series regular Roger Williams, who last year sold his McRae GM1 to Alastair Russell, has also bought another car - another Lola T332 - and it could also be ready in time for the Pukekohe meeting.

The Tasman Revival meeting has become the biggest and most important classic and historic race meetings in the country with co-organisers Tony Roberts and Chris Watson expecting the '07 entry (including support classes) to top the 300 mark.

"We had 260 alone at our first meeting of the season in September," said Watson this morning, "and there's already been a lot of interest in the January meeting."

The Tasman Cup Revival Series will again headline the meeting with support from a number of crowd-pleasing tin-top classes including SuperGT, three different Muscle Car classes and the new BMW E31 series.

The New Zealand Formula 5000 Association has also finalised the calendar for the 2006/07 series with the Placemakers Classic meeting at Timaru's Timaru International Raceway (Levels) hosting the third round over the March 10/11 weekend and Australia's Victorian Historic Racing Register hosting the final at Phillip Island a month later.

2006/07 F5000 Tasman Cup Revival Series

Points after Rnd 1 of 4

1. Ian Clements (Lola T332, Christchurch) 82 points

2. Murray Sinclair (Lola T332, Christchurch) 74

3. Stan Redmond (Lola T332, Christchurch) 60

4. Aaron Burson (Talon MR1A, Auckland) 52

5. David Abbot (Lola T430, Christchurch) 40

6. Tony Richards (Lola T332, Christchurch) 36

7. Shane Windelburn (Lola T400, Auckland) 34

8=. Andrew Robson (Lola T332, Australia) 24

8=. John McKinlay (March 73A/2, Auckland) 24

10. Robert Harborow (Lola T163, Australia) 20

11. Poul Christie (Lola T190, Auckland) 18

12=. Kerry Anderson (Lola T142, Christchurch) 12

12=. Stuart Lush (McRae GM1, Auckland) 12

14. Aaron Lewis (Chevron B24, Australia) 8

15=. Bill Hemming (Elfin MR8 AC, Australia) 4

15=. Roger Townshend (Lola T142, Christchurch) 4

17. Philip Lewis (Matich A50, Australia) 0

CALENDAR

Rnd 1: November 10-12 2006 Sandown Park (Melbourne, Aust)

Rnd 2: January 26-18 2007 Tasman Grand Prix Pukekohe Park (Pukekohe, NZ)

Rnd 3: February 9-11 2007 The Placemakers Classic Timaru Int. Motor Raceway (Timaru, NZ)

Rnd 4: March 9-11 2007 VHRR Historic Meeting Phillip Island (Vic, Aust)



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