The IWMAC wishes you a very Happy and Safe New Year for 2022
We need some extra assistants for Race Days.
Getting involved and helping out each other is as much a part of racing as driving is.
I know you’ll agree we enjoyed another successful season of racing in 2021 despite the challenges of the pandemic and weather. In case you didn’t know, it takes a team to prepare for and organise each event we have at the track. We arrive to a beautifully prepared track and see our faithful volunteers at the track on race days who enjoy seeing you having fun.
Prior to and on race days our Event Secretary Sam and regular assistant, Katie are responsible for the planning of the Event with duties which include coordinating all our paperwork including the Sup Regs and then ensuring its all completed and correct for all the Motorsport Australia requirements to enable the event to commence.
Don is our long serving Clerk of Course and would like to take a step back from the day to day running of the Clubs events. The Clerk of the Course’s job is to monitor and inspect the track to ensure it is safe and ready to race on throughout the day as well as being responsible for conducting the Event in accordance with the Supplementary Regulations.
We have the need/opportunity in 2022 to support the Club and our Event Secretary, Clerk of Course to ensure we can continue to run race days when they are on holidays or otherwise not available. These are Motorsport Australia trained roles which can take you to rewarding volunteering at Motorsport Australia run events across Australia. You can take on the training or just nominate yourself to help out on race day as an assistant. The training for either of these roles is an online course taking approx. 1 -1.5 hrs each and is accessible through your own Motorsport Aust profile under the Online training tab. Clerk of the Course training is the Bronze Event Command and the Event Secretary is the Bronze Event Administration.
Or, if you know someone who might like to help out in this kind of role (a partner, a mate, a parent) and get involved in your race day, more than a spectator, let us know.
We are planning a working bee for next Saturday 9am to 3pm 18 September 2021 at the Club rooms. Our priority is to wash the ceilings and walls within the club rooms. Many years of dust and insects have been found on them. If we have enough people we will also clean the up and downstairs of the Control tower. Please let us know if you are free to help even if only for a few hours. A sausage sizzle will be provided for lunch. Cheers Greg Woodbridge
After some overnight rain, that had a few of us hoping it was too little to impact, we had a good field of 45 runners for the second Autocross. The track proved to be pretty quick, and we tried to keep water up to it to ensure some fast times. There was an issue with our normal flaggies due to some comms, but a few drivers/crew stepped up to help out. You know who you are, so thanks.
Unfortunately we had an incident during the day with Cameron garth tipping his lovely LA Lancer on its roof, and back onto its wheels, with a slow roll after the esses. He drove the car in, but it looked a little second hand, and after a visit from the medic, seemed to be fine, just a little bruised, maybe. Flags were out quickly, and two other competitor’s came to a halt nearby, prior to CoC Don Power getting to the scene, but as above, Cameron drove it back. A reminder that it is motorsport, it is dangerous, and although not common, we do have accidents on occasions. Thankfully no damage to Cameron.
On paper E class looked to be a cracker with 12 entries, the majority WRXs, with one brand new Yaris Gazzoo Racing, bought out by normal EVO9 runner, Ant Bonnici. Most were interested in how this performed, especially Ant. The first two runs were pretty slippery, but around run 3 it started to get better, grip wise. At the end of Run 3, there was a tight battle for Outright, with Alan Wienert about 2 seconds up on Wayne Poulier, with Ant a couple back and Colin O'Brien keeping him company. The Yaris was doing pretty well. Next in line (still E Class) was Tim Crase in the 2.5 RS (no turbo, so just an underpowered WRX really...). Fastest 2WDs were Bondy, Ric Ganderton, Mark Phillips (in the family Falcon), Parkesy and Barry Clark, who was down a bit due to a witches hat. There were not that many penalties over the whole day, so generally the driving was on the bit that is the fastest.
As the day quickened up, it was not unexpected to see the 4WDs blitz the field, with Poulier and Wienert battling it out, and Bonnici matching on some runs, but just off their quickest pace. Ultimately Wayne did a 1:30.4 last run to secure the win, with a valiant effort by Alan to secure a safe 2nd. There was only a couple of seconds over 6 timed runs, so very close. Ant was third in the Yaris, with Tim Crase next best E class car. Best 2WD was Bondy with 6 runs in the Pulsar for his time. A Class was a first time win for Leyton Bond, after a near flawless drive with no witches hats, and being faster on every run, with Patrick Millar in the Ignis and Brendon Williams rounding out the podium. B Class looked like Barry Clark would take it out, but a late penalty gave the win to a lucky Ric Ganderton, who has a rerun after an incident, on a run that he had already spun on, 2.7 seconds the margin – 5 secs for a hat ,eh Barry. Rounding out the top three was Steve Emson in the Mk2 Escort, who had a pretty flawless day and took out best presented. C Class saw Robert Clark in the Cossie MK1 Mexico take the win from Bruce Dan. With favoured runners, Bond and Parkes, out with a hole in the radiator of the 1600 SR20DET, D class was open and Mark Phillips took the win in the well thrashed EB? Falcon, over ever young Lloyd Robertson in his BMW, with el Presidente Greg Woodbridge third, after losing a dorian early (and so getting a couple of runs untimed, meaning slowest in class plus 5 secs). Ladies saw long time WRX runner, Steph Muston, mixing it with ex RS , now WRX runner Nikki Duclos, with Maddy Dyba, Joanne and Hayley Phillips and Marilyn O'Brien completing the field. Ultimately Steph drove a good clean day to secure the win, while Nikki was close, but had a spin and 2 penalties late in the day and was lucky to get second, with Hayley Phillips only 1 second behind in third.
Lastly, but by no means least, were the Juniors with Billly O'Neil taking the win from Alex Niven and first timer Ashley McKenzie. JA was won by the sole competitor, Emma Crase, who piloted the same RS Impreza as dad (Tim) to an impressive 14th OR, to be the best of the Juniors.
Many of the normal protagonists were fast on the day, but for a drive of the day I would point out that newcomer, Ashley McKenzie, started the day with a 3:07, but by the end had dropped a full minute (and a bit) to be a 1:59.8. She had some help with dad (I think), but did not put a foot wrong, and is obviously a quick learner. Well done.
The Ipswich West Moreton Auto Club inc (IWMAC) caters for club-level motor sport including Autocross, Sprints, & Short Circuit Touring Car Racing, on a dirt track at Willowbank Park, Champions Way, Willowbank. We also cater for the Car Enthusiast with Car Club Runs, Cruises, Registration and Social and Community Events. The club is particularly dedicated to providing support to Junior competitors.
The track consists of two circuits : The Autocross track is 1km in length, 6m wide and has 8 corners of varying tightness. The Sprint track is 1.3km long, 8m wide and has 7 corners. The track surface is a decomposed granite construction, that gets grippier as they day runs. During the year, two championships are run, one for Autocross and one for Sprints, where drivers compete individually against the clock in a variety of classes.
For an aerial view, click this fb link, starts on the back straight and comes back around to the start finish, courtesy member Marc Wilson of the blue/white MkII Escort that adorns this site:)
There has been some discussion around the vehicles that Juniors are allowed to drive during our Club's competition, re Auto Cross and Open Sprints etc. After much research and discussion within the Committee and with Motorsport Australia we the Committee have agreed to an amendment to the Current Junior A Class rules. Note! There is no Changes to the Current Junior Class.
Junior (J) class is for up to 2 Litre cars (normally aspirated only, 2WD)
No Changes to Current Junior Class: This is the preferred option for Juniors.
Junior A (JA) class is for over 2 Litres.
Note - as it is expected that Juniors are relatively inexperienced, our club’s preference for safety reasons is that Juniors are not to run 4WD/AWD, V8's or turbo/supercharged cars. To make way for all Juniors to participate in our sport Juniors wishing to compete in a car that is outside the current Junior (J) Class may nominate their car of choice.
Parent-Guardian will be responsible for the Junior Driver
Each driver must demonstrate to the Club the maturity to drive the nominated vehicle
The Club reserves the right to accept or decline all entries
At any time during a meeting the officials of the meeting can exclude a driver who shows a lack of maturity and/or control of the vehicle.
Junior A is not eligible for the Club Junior Championship
If you have any concerns or wish to discuss these changes feel free to contact me any time.
The farmers will be happy with the rain we have had here in Ipswich this week but we are a bit concerned regarding our Open Sprint Round 2 event this Sunday 21 March 2021. The IWMAC organising committee will be doing a track inspection on Friday morning the 19 March and making a call then on whether or not our event will go ahead on Sunday.
To all who have entered for our Autocross Round 1 tomorrow Sunday 21 Feb 2021, we have had very little rain here in Willowbank over the last week. The current radar looks like we will not get too much tonight. So we are Full Throttle Go for tomorrow. See you all bright and early for another great day of racing.