NZFMR – Denny Hulme Festival: Weekend One Round-Up

FFords ready

The first weekend’s racing of the 2013 NZ Festival of Motor Racing celebrating Denny Hulme has wrapped up with Kiwi’s leading the way at the head of the field.  Drivers Graeme Cameron, Ben Field and Tony Graham spearheaded the action all weekend, with very little between all cars.

Qualifying saw the top six cars all within 1-second of each other; the entire spread of the 32 cars that partook in qualifying was a small 7.5-sec’s…that’s an average of 0.234-sec’s between each car.

Qualifying on pole for race one was Tony Graham (Class II 1:12.980), setting one of his four sub-73-second laps of the weekend.  The Class One car of Alan Crocker was not far behind however, also being the first of the European’s to break the 73-second barrier with a 1:12.997, qualifying alongside Tony Graham on the front row.

Race One Results: (Overall race placing in {})

Class I

  1. Ben Field {2}
  2. Graeme Cameron {3}
  3. Alan Crocker {4}
  4. Dave Silverton {6}
  5. Paul Dold {7}

Class II

  1. Tony Graham {1}
  2. Henry-Thomas Kircher {5}
  3. Kim Crocker {9}
  4. Ed Waalewjin {10}
  5. Jay Esterer {14}

Race Two:

Class I

  1. Graeme Cameron {2}
  2. Ben Field {4}
  3. Paul Dold {5}
  4. David Silverton {6}
  5. Phil Foulkes {7}

Class II

  1. Tony Graham {1}
  2. Henry Thomas-Kircher {3}
  3. Kim Crocker {8}
  4. Jay Esterer {9}
  5. Mike Lee {16}

Race Three:

Class I

  1. Graeme Cameron {2}
  2. Paul Dold {4}
  3. James Hagen {5}
  4. Malcolm Oastler {6}
  5. Paul McMorran {7}

Class II

  1. Tony Graham {1}
  2. Ed Waalewjin {3}
  3. Jay Esterer {9}
  4. Mike Lee {13}
  5. Kim Crocker {19}

Race Four

Class I

  1. Graeme Cameron {3}
  2. Paul McMorran {5}
  3. Paul Dold {6}
  4. Phil Foulkes {8}
  5. Povl Barfod {9}

Class II

  1. Tony Graham {1}
  2. Henry Thomas-Kircher {3}
  3. Ed Waalewijn {4}
  4. Kim Crocker {7}
  5. Mike Lee {12}

Unfortunately there were a few clashes of cars in races three and four, with the end result being three cars packing up early for the weekend.  Hopefully all can be repaired in time for the second weekend.

Kim Crocker (UK)

Kim Crocker (UK)

Gilbert Cristini (FR) finds himself in a Kiwi -Lola sandwich....

Gilbert Cristini (FR) finds himself in a Kiwi -Lola sandwich….

Bruce Munro

Bruce Munro

Paul McMorran (Nth Ireland) chases Ed Waalewijn (Netherlands)

Paul McMorran (Nth Ireland) chases Ed Waalewijn (Netherlands)

Jacob Bonish harasses Vic Clark

Jacob Bonish harasses Vic Clark

An evolution of Lola's: T340, T440, and T644

An evolution of Lola’s: T340, T440, and T644

Martin Lucas holds off Tony Cross, as Mike Lee holds onto their tails

Martin Lucas holds off Tony Cross, as Mike Lee holds onto their tails

Close racing throughout the field

Close racing throughout the field

SF 02

Jacob Bonish (87) and Mike Creswell (7) head to the first corner, neck and neck

Jacob Bonish (87) and Mike Creswell (7) head to the first corner, neck and neck

The lads still haven't sorted out who is going to lead into the first corner

The lads still haven’t sorted out who is going to lead into the first corner

A gaggle of cars cross the start finish to start another lap

A gaggle of cars cross the start finish to start another lap

The mid field spreads a little

The mid field spreads a little

Bruce McCoy leads a large group onto another lap

Bruce McCoy leads a large group onto another lap

The leaders charge towards turn one

The leaders charge towards turn one

"You go first..."..."no, you go"..."no, no, no; I insist....you go first"

“You go first…”…”no, you go”…”no, no, no; I insist….you go first”

Into the final lap, and still nothing in it...

Into the final lap, and still nothing in it…

One more time around...

One more time around…

Graeme Cameron pips Henry Thomas-Kircher on the line...

Graeme Cameron pips Henry Thomas-Kircher on the line…

Ben Field takes the flag

Ben Field takes the flag

Jay Esterer looks over to Kim Crocker as they cross the finish line

Jay Esterer looks over to Kim Crocker as they cross the finish line

Tony Cross finishes

Tony Cross finishes

Another close one at the flag

Another close one at the flag

More cars take the chequers

More cars take the chequers

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