Round Wrap-Up: CSCA 2024 Round 2 At Sydney Motorsport Park

CSCA 2024 Round 2

Sunday the 23rd of June found us at Sydney Motorsport Park for the second round of the 2024 CSCA supersprint series, kindly hosted by the Jaguar Drivers Club Australia (JDCA).

With the first round of the series held way back in January, it had been nearly six full months since our last chance to stretch the cars’ legs, and competitors were eager to get out and have some fun. Entries were excellent, with 86 drivers setting a time on the day and Club Lotus Australia making up a quarter of those with 20 people running under the club banner.

The weather leading up to the event was a little grim, with Saturday proving extremely wet and the drizzle holding strong over the city through Sunday morning. Conditions in the west were kinder, with morning rain clearing quite quickly and staying away through the rest of day, the quick runners in Group 1 getting the worst of it on their first outing.

Adam Single reigned at the top of the timesheets at the end of competition, running a 1:07.25 in the Williams race car, but then it was Club Lotus holding down the majority of the top ten. Colin Rudd set a massive new personal best of 1:08.17 in the Exige for second overall and first in P3.

We’re happy to see Louis Chan running more frequently, setting the third fastest time of the day in his highly modified Honda EG Civic, with a class win in R5 as well.

Martin Duursma was the fastest of the M3 drivers with a 1:09.40 in the Exige Cup 430, followed by the Exiges of Brett Monk and Geoffrey Linders. Ralph Thompson was seventh overall just a few tenths behind on a 1:10.67, fourth M3.

Peter Taylor and Chris Pearse had a great battle through the pack in Group 2, Taylor ultimately landing on top with a 1:11.72 in 11th, Chris finishing the day in 18th on a 1:14.19. In between them was Peter Deller in the Commodore on a 1:13.32 and the Elises of Graham Allen and Christopher Daniell, Chris back after an eighteen month hiatus to keep Graham on his toes.

Likewise it was fantastic to see Gino Valdes back out on track, pedalling his Minion Exige on the limiter through the ‘flip flop’ and finishing the day in 21st overall on a 1:14.50 for fastest in P2.

Len Goodwin looked good as always in the beautifully prepared and developed Lotus Elan 26R that he runs with Alan Pate, topping CD1. John Deller wasn’t far behind Len or his brother Peter, putting in a 1:15:42 in the Commodore.

Jake Hobbs and Matthew Hundleby were closely matched in the mid-field, Jake steering the Civic he shares with father Graham to a 1:18.75 ahead of Matthew’s 1:18.98 in the Elise, Derrick Cho on their heels in a Civic Type R. 

The little Hondas are proving a fun and competitive ride for these sprint days, but perhaps suffered on the two long straits of the North circuit, Lachlan Klumper’s MX5 leading Graham Hobbs and Simply Sports Cars mechanic Alexander Tickle in the two Civics.

Entry to CSCA 2024 Round 3 is open now via the Motorsport Australia Member Portal, and will be held in just one month on Saturday the 27th of July at Pheasant Wood Circuit, kindly hosted by the MG Car Club Newcastle. Then it’s our turn! Club Lotus Australia will host round 4 of the series on August 24 on the full Sydney Motorsport Park Gardner (GP) circuit. We’d love to see you there.

Thanks to Brett Stevens //

Seth Reinhardt

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