Well, another successful Castrol BMW Race Driver Series season has come to an end.
Annual Dinner / Track Day.
It was good to see a fantastic turn out of 180 plus people (up from last years 154) for this seasons Annual Awards Dinner, ably MC’d by fellow BMW committee member Brett Cowan. Well done Brett, I’m sure everyone present appreciated your input and are already looking forward to next years “Annual Quiz” questions, although I’m sure the co-efficiency difference while braking on a sealed track is substantially better than wet grass! But then again you don’t actually speed up do you, you just stop slowing down!! Damn, another urban racing legend exposed.
Well done Nik, our inaugural quiz winner, I’m not sure that being the only one to pick a mismatched hand bag in a lady’s ensemble is worth it for just a chocolate fish though?
No doubt Neville’s now doubly certain that he’s picked the right guy to fly the Zambezi flag for next season now!!
The prize giving dinner was followed by another good turn out at Sundays East Auckland Rotary / Castrol BMW Race Driver Series fundraiser and track day at Hampton Downs.
If there are members out there who didn’t turn up due to not wanting to share the track with “a bunch of funny sounding Mazda’s” our apologies, we should have slipped the word “Rotarians” into the invite somewhere!
Luckily the rain stayed away all day (which couldn’t be said for the Super Tourer meeting just down the road at Pukekohe) and the paying public had a fantastic time.
Paying for a hot lap ( 1x warm up 1x hot lap 1x slow down) was never going to equate, as once our guys got out there you could never get them back in!! Resulting in most people getting at least 4-6 hot laps minimum for their money.
With the final proceeds going to Cure Kids and Life Education Trust this is certainly something worth repeating next season.
A big thank you to all those that attended.
And for those that didn’t make the Awards Dinner our main prizes went to the following:
BMW 2.0 Litre Championship:
1st Ashley Blewett.
2nd Graham Ball.
3rd Howard Wood.
Open Group B:
1st Michael Starnes.
2nd Ian Davidson.
3rd Neville Findlay.
Open Group A:
1st Daniel Slater.
2nd Andre Cowan.
3rd Aaron Harris.
E30 Race Series:
1st Martin Irvine.
2nd Ashley Blewett.
3rd Richard Oxton.
Kayne Barry prize for most improved E30 competitor:
GOOD BUGGER trophy:
Congratulations to you all.
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING.
Well nothing too contentious here, other than some interesting discussion on possible Open Group B changes and a request for a step up in driver penalty enforcement. Once we’ve sat down and digested all the viewpoints we’ll get thefinal regulations for the 2013 – 2014 season signed off and circulated.
2013 – 2014 RACE SEASON MEETING DATES.
At this point we have five meeting dates pretty much in place for the upcoming season, these are:
ICEBREAKER HAMPTON DOWNS 14-15TH SEPTEMBER 2013
MG CLASSIC MANFEILD 9-10TH NOVEMBER 2013
TASMAN REVIVAL TAUPO 11-12TH JANUARY 2014
TASMAN REVIVAL PUKEKOHE 22-23RD FEBRUARY 2014
LEGENDS OF SPEED HAMPTON DOWNS 22-23RD MARCH 2014
Add to these meetings a possible round within
MotorSport NZ’s framework, the opportunity to run at the first round of the new NZRDL (New Zealand Racing Drivers League) which is scheduled for the 28-29th September, TACCOC’s 1 day December meeting and also a planned October “joint feature round” with the Bridgestone Porsche Series, including an invitation Porsche vs BMW “Rennsport” race, and you can see that we’ve got a few options to work through before confirming our final 6-7 round season. (Did someone mention the South Island?)
And of course there’s also the non-championship “NZ Festival of Motor Racing” (celebrating Ferrari) rounds being held at Hampton Downs during the weekends of 18-19th and 25th-26th January 2014.
We’ll make sure we confirm our final championship calendar to you all as soon as possible.
Till next time,