Round 10 of the Heusinkveld Mazda mx-5 World Tour went to ghost circuit Oran Park. The closed circuit south of Sidney and hometrack of MWT leader Sonny Kanchin, but it looked like a lot of drivers where scared of the ghost track. Only 22 drivers showed up for the race. A great oppertunity for the AM drivers to score some great points.
Kanchin qualifyed on pole before a very strong Richard Worth and Eroo Nomm. Also a lot AM drivers in the top 10. 5th for Gianni Quintelier, 7th Steven van Opstal, Lorn Murray, Jordie Fike and Neil Bamber in 8,9 and 10.
In the first corner there was a incident with Maeda and top 10 starter Jordie Fike who missed a great top 10 finish with this incident, Maeda was forced to retire with a badly damaged car.
There was big moment in lap 2 when Sonny kanchin spun in turn 2, after coming out of turn one to wide and with two wheels on the grass. All drivers could pass him with any problems and Sonny could start a comeback race. At the front Richard Worth took the lead. Eroõ Nomm and Travis Schwenke played the waiting game. But was this the right desicion from Nomm? Should he have passed Worth and pushed to keep the gap with Sonny? Or was Richard’s pace high enough and could he drive any quicker. Whilst Nomm was trying to save fuel and not lose time whilst passing him.
But Kanchin is Kanchin, with a fast pitstop he closed the gap to Nomm and Schwenke. Worth came back out in p4. When Schwenke came out of the pit Nomm was very close and a bit surprised by the speed difference. He hit Schwenke pushing him back to P3. A couple laps later Nomm made the same mistake with Kanchin. Both Kanchin and Schwenke passed him and raced to the finish.
Komeback Kid Kanchin has the chamionship in both of his hands now. Eroõ missed a chance to close the gap. Quintelier did a great job in the AM championship with his first top 5 finish for the SIMSPORTNews Race Team.
The next race is at Zandvoort on Saturday the 20th of this month.