Congratulations to all competitors and especially the prize winners in both Autocraft B1K events in May.
After cold starts in the morning the weather was kind if not a bit cool – but at least it didn’t rain.
Both days had spirited competition and as we’ve come to know, a wonderfully friendly atmosphere along pitlane with families and friends enjoying their own team spirit and the collegiality among rival teams.
Remarkably, both days featured a close day-long battle at the top but none closer than at the close of the Sunday event – a tie for first place after 6 hours with both teams on equal points and laps. A first for the B1K in its 11-event history.
Congratulations to the Sunday joint winners – the Renault Clio of Nicholas Dellas, Stellios Kaponas and Rod Bender, who managed 990 points from 272 laps. As did the Magna run by the family team of Daniel, Lachlan and Glen Newman. It was an enthralling final 20 minutes as both teams desperately tried in vain to steal at least a lap’s worth of points from each other.
Also congrats to the Saturday event winners who also engaged in a cat and mouse battle in the final hour with the other podium placers. Regularity guru and B1k co-architect Bruce Thomas won his third B1k aided by Callan Thomas and Scott Waters in their smaller, lighter more economical (than their traditional Falcons) Ford Laser. They amassed 1005 points from 251 laps after delays due to safety cars and red flags.
Results for both days are on the Club’s website and lap times (as well) are on the NatSoft website.
Thanks to Vanessa Cooper for stepping into the breech and doing a great job as timekeeper! The B1K is nothing without a reliable timing system and we had exactly that all weekend!
The next B1k is slated for 21 August. Due to the demand for entries the Club is examining the possibility of a second August B1K event.
Stay tuned! If it happens all previous competitors will be notified.