Sprint Racing In Order For Round 4

Sprint Racing In Order For Round 4

13287867_10154248732669511_1608182158_oThe third sprint round of the year will be contested by no less than 35 drivers, as the record breaking 2016 season of the V8 Superlaps Production Touring Car Championship continues this weekend.

For the second time this season, Sydney Motorsport Park will be the venue, for three races as part of the CAMS NSW Motor Racing Championship event. It’s the fourth points round of 2016, and the third round of the State Championship portion of the season.

Four weeks ago in Goulburn, Pollicina Motorsport claimed victory in the MoComm Cup opener of 2016, but neither Jim Pollicina or Michael Caine will be on the grid at Sydney Motorsport Park, which makes CXC Global Racing the team to beat.

13313350_10154248386204511_985694363_oDylan Thomas and Daniel Oosthuizen will lead a strong CXC Global Racing team in this round of the series. Thomas finished second in the endurance race at Wakefield Park, while Daniel has been victorious in five of the ten races so far this year.

For Thomas, he’ll look to continue his strong form of the last two rounds – he won the final race of the sprint round in Sydney, before claiming second in his sprint race, and the enduro in Goulburn.

Daniel Oosthuizen leads the Club Championship points, with Josh Muggleton and defending two-time champion Chris Reeves sharing the lead in the State Championship battle, where the top five are separated by just eleven points coming into this weekend.

13323888_10154248386369511_822618584_oMuggleton has been a standout performer so far in 2016. Two class victories in two different classes and two different cars. Last time out, he teamed up with Daniel Byron to take Class C honours in a Subaru WRX, but before that, he took the TLA Racing Holden to Class A2 honours, in a wet-dry weekend at Sydney Motorsport Park.

Matthew Holt will be eager to continue his winning form in Class A2, after claiming victory in the recent one-hour race in Goulburn, but will have to get past Muggleton if he’s to achieve that.

Clay Skinner was a standout performer the last time he was on circuit here at Sydney Motorsport Park. Skinner exceeded all expectations to match it with CXC Global Racing throughout the weekend, leading at stages, but eventually losing out to the experienced Dylan Thomas.

13323842_10154248727639511_1157114417_oSkinner is expected to win his class again this weekend, and will no doubt be fighting for outright honours as well.

Anthony Soole will be the one to watch in class B2, but there will also be one eye on Geoff Kite. Kite ran his new car for the first time four weeks ago, and as he continues to develop and learn the car, it will be interesting to see if he picks up pace as well.

Class C has a Bathurst flavour to it in 2016, with Blake and Kyle Aubin. The Aubin Brothers Racing team has enjoyed great results so far in 2016, with Blake winning the Sydney Motorsport Park round ahead of Kyle, and they were second and third in class to Josh Muggleton and Daniel Byron four weeks ago.

13556108_10154347380024511_1598795059_oBoth cars run inside the top ten in the State Championship standings after two rounds, and will be up against Adam Gosling and Daniel Byron in Class C this weekend.

It’s rare that Chris Reeves doesn’t win Class D, but that happened in Goulburn, with Jimmy Vernon taking top spot. Vernon will race his Toyota 86 at Sydney Motorsport Park for the first time this weekend, and with

Class E will be contested by the youngest drivers in the field, if not the entire NSW Motor Racing Championship paddock, with 14-year olds Zac Raddatz and Finley Hills racing in their Mazda’s this weekend.

13313569_10154248726104511_542708866_oThe former karters will go head-to-head for class honours for the first time this year, after Hills competed in Round 2, and Raddatz contested Round 3.

Having another competitor in the class will give both drivers a good idea of how they’re fairing, not only compared to each other, but in terms of outright pace as well.

It’s a three-race program this weekend, as the championship returns to sprint mode for the next two events.

The weather is set to be fine and sunny all weekend, with tops of 18 degrees on Saturday and 19 degrees on Sunday.

Qualifying will be held Saturday morning, with Race 1 that afternoon. Races 2 and 3 will be run on Sunday, and will be broadcast to the audience of 2MCE Sport, Monday night from 11pm AEST.

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