Victorian Club Autocross Series (VCAS) – Saturday May 18
BLCC hosted 60 competitors for Round 3 of the Victorian Club Autocross Series (VCAS) for a day/night, road tyres only event. Weather was clear throughout with 20oC for the 2pm start and 7oC and full moon till the last of six runs at 8:40pm.
Sam Rozitis and his team did a great job in preparing the track after the deluge 8 days prior, then getting the water trucks ready for action … after finding jumper leads.
Competition soon swept the surface crust away to a fine sand, which resulted in low grip and mostly light dust for the first two runs. Several starts were delayed after exuberant runs, until the two water trucks were brought on to clear the air and improve all competitor times by several seconds for the remaining runs.
Subaru all-wheel drivers claimed the top 13 outright placings. Perhaps that might provide a sponsorship opportunity for next year’s event or Series … or maybe a rule change?
Arron Windus (Kyneton Car Club) and Murray Mackenzie (Bendigo Car Club) battled it out for 1st outright, with Murray hitting a hat on his final run, with an otherwise winning time. Our Ben McKee was 3rd with three strong runs, before rolling a tyre off a rim on his last run.
BLCC skills (and home track advantage) saw four of our 14 competitors finish in the top-10 outright and another three in the top-20:
3rd – Ben McKee (Subaru Liberty)
5th – Stacy Elson (Subaru WRX)
6th – Darren Windus (Subaru WRX)
8th – Paul Gladman (Subaru WRX, ex Keith McElroy)
12th – Darren Watkins (Subaru WRX)
13th – Tom Werner (Subaru WRX)
17th – Paul Shaw (Nissan Skyline)
CAMS Steward Lynn Cuttle and many competitors were complimentary about the track and the efficiency of our team, eg; the two water trucks were novel for at least two visitors, given each watering took only 10 minutes; others noticed that three cars were normally on the track, so particular credit to our timekeeping and start-line teams.
Bernie Gladman, Melissa McKee and their Duster Diner crew (Paige, Jake and Drew) once again coped brilliantly with the large crowd throughout the day.
22 officials signed on for at least part of the event. Particular thanks also to:
Secretary: Michele Bayley
Scrutineers: Darren Wythe (Chief, and now Rally accredited), Ben McKee, Noel Peers, Paul Duncalf and team
Timekeepers: Rod Hall (Chief), Ben McKee, Drew Gladman, Ambrose Haddon
Track setup and infield Marshalls: Sam and Nathan Rozitis, Reg Johnson, Andrew Bayley, Rob and Gareth Prosser, Ken Rowland, Damian Quirk, Damien Murley.
Stewards: Lynn Cuttle and Barney Haddon
VCAS Round 4 will be held at Swan Hill’s two-lane track on 1-2 June. You can enter for either day, but if you’re chasing Series points you will need four runs on each day.
Your next opportunity for BLCC autocross will be 7 September.
Clerk of Course
Pictures by John Tonks.