Round 3 of the Ausdrift 2016 Championship held on Saturday 15th of October was a cracker. With Perth RC Arena moving shortly to 27 Newcastle Street in Perth, this was the last comp that we’ll be holding at Perth RC Arena.
This round saw a total field of 14 entries, 12 in RWD class but only 2 for AWD. With the low entry numbers in AWD there’s a big opportunity for new drivers to make an impact next year. Once again the overall standard of driving for this round was very high, with drivers enjoying a more open and flowing track layout compared to last comp thanks to competition director Soorian Ang.
Luke Veersma had another great night with another T.Q in RWD class with a 93.33/100. That makes 4 top qualifier performances in a row for Luke with 3 separate chassis. Again the top 4 battles saw some very tough calls for the judges with a few battles decided by a very small margin. In the end first time winner Paul Hayes came away with a well deserved win relegating Luke to second place. Paul’s been knocking on the door of a round win for some time and it’s great to see his efforts pay off, he showed great driving and determination throughout the battle brackets leading up to the final. Third and fourth came down to between Jay Masli and Jordon Vukojevich, with Jay coming away with his first top 3 finish. It’s shaping up for a close finish to the year with only 4 points currently separating the top 4 places on the RWD leader board after a drop round is subtracted.
In AWD class Andrew Marriott came away with the T.Q bonus point before going head to head with me in a best of 3 battles to decide AWD class. I came away with the win, locking away the AWD title for 2016 which leaves me to concentrate on RWD for the rest of the year.
Thanks to the judging panel; Soorian Ang, Peter Veersma & Chris Barnett for their hard work in making the tough decisions and to my fellow admins; Michael Smith, Anthony Tottman, Jayden Goncalves and Soorian Ang for helping to make the event a success.
Special thanks also to Craig Jacka for photographing all the action and to Amanda Walker for capturing video for the live Facebook feed.
Entrants; AWD class – 2, RWD class – 12
Judges; Soorian Ang (head judge and competition director), Peter Veersma & Chris Barnett
RWD Class Results
Top Qualifier – Luke Veersma
1st place: Paul Hayes – 2nd place: Luke Veersma – 3rd place: Jay Masli
AWD Class Results;
Top Qualifier – Andrew Marriott
1st place: Noel Gettingby – 2nd place: Andrew Marriott
Please check out the Ausdrift Facebook page for all of the event photos and videos.