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Formula 5000s and Historic Touring Cars roar at Sandown
Posted by James Crocker

Group C & A touring cars and Formula 5000 excited the crowd at the recent 2015 Sandown Historic meeting – the 24th instalment of the event. Both categories provided entertaining racing, and in the touring cars, a bit of chaos as well! A variety of other classes also raced during the weekend, most of which produced great racing.

Group C & A touring cars and Formula 5000 headlined the recent 2015 Sandown Historic meeting – the 24th instalment of the event. Both categories provided entertaining racing, and in the touring cars, a bit of chaos as well! A variety of other classes also raced during the weekend, most of which produced great racing.
A depleted field did not stop the Formula 5000s from producing three exciting races.  The #208 car of Peter Brennan dominated the Saturday race while on Sunday Andrew Robertson clean swept a thrilling race 2 and 3 in his Lola. Race 2 was an exciting one with the lead swapping a few times before an audacious move around the outside before Dandenong Rd sealed the victory for Robertson. 
A packed field of Group C & A touring cars produced some exciting and chaotic races. The #1 Nissan Skyline of Carey McMahon blew away the field with blistering pace, and in turn, swept the whole weekend. The #8 Sierra of Terry Lawlor showed enough pace to challenge McMahon throughout the weekend, but was let down by avoidable incidents. In the Group C area,  the Commodore of Milton Seferis took two wins and the Falcon of Fraser Ross took home race #3 to split the wins two to one. 
The spectacular, exciting old muscle cars  of Groups NB (Over 4500cc) & NC (2000cc) touring cars put on three close races, that also featured some drama with a bit of chaos at turn one during the first race ending the weekend for one mustang. The rest of the races were quite tame compared to the chaotic opener. All three races were swept by the #28 Mustang of Brad Tilley.
The fast, brutal, Sports Sedans had three thrilling races over the weekend.  The first race of  them was taken out by the #66 Corvette of Dean Camm, who also lead for most of race 2 before being over taken one lap before the finish by the #19 RX-7 of Chris Muscat who also went on to win race 3.
A large field of Formula Ford cars produced some exciting races that featured a thrilling tit for tat battle between David Hardman and Jonathan Miles in identical Van Diemen RF89’s. Hardman took race 1 and 2 after two tough battles against Miles, who took the last race over Hardman.
The classic Groups Sa (Over 2000cc), Sb and Sc sports car races produced some thrilling action for the fans with Joseph Dibartolo in his Corvette taking out race 1 and 2. He was on track to sweep the weekend when he encountered mechanical issues, which unfortunately forced put him into second. Paul Blackie in his #7 Corvette took advantage of this and won the race and also the one that followed.

The 2015 Sandown Historic meet was a fantastic event enjoyed by all who attended and competed in it. Next years event hopefully should be even better. The VHRR have done a really great job with this event as it continues to attract exciting new entrants year after year. 

Group C & A touring cars and Formula 5000 headlined the recent 2015 Sandown Historic meeting – the 24th instalment of the event. Both categories provided entertaining racing, and in the touring cars, a bit of chaos as well! A variety of other classes also raced during the weekend, most of which produced great racing.Group C & A touring cars and Formula 5000 headlined the recent 2015 Sandown Historic meeting – the 24th instalment of the event. Both categories provided entertaining racing, and in the touring cars, a bit of chaos as well! A variety of other classes also raced during the weekend, most of which produced great racing.

A depleted field did not stop the Formula 5000s from producing three exciting races. The #208 car of Peter Brennan dominated the Saturday race while on Sunday Andrew Robertson clean swept a thrilling race 2 and 3 in his Lola. Race 2 was an exciting one with the lead swapping a few times before an audacious move around the outside before Dandenong Rd sealed the victory for Robertson. 

A packed field of Group C & A touring cars produced some exciting and chaotic races. The #1 Nissan Skyline of Carey McMahon blew away the field with blistering pace, and in turn, swept the whole weekend. The #8 Sierra of Terry Lawlor showed enough pace to challenge McMahon throughout the weekend, but was let down by avoidable incidents. In the Group C area,  the Commodore of Milton Seferis took two wins and the Falcon of Fraser Ross took home race #3 to split the wins two to one. 

The spectacular, exciting old muscle cars  of Groups NB (Over 4500cc) & NC (2000cc) touring cars put on three close races, that also featured some drama with a bit of chaos at turn one during the first race ending the weekend for one mustang. The rest of the races were quite tame compared to the chaotic opener. All three races were swept by the #28 Mustang of Brad Tilley.

The fast, brutal, Sports Sedans had three thrilling races over the weekend.  The first race of  them was taken out by the #66 Corvette of Dean Camm, who also lead for most of race 2 before being over taken one lap before the finish by the #19 RX-7 of Chris Muscat who also went on to win race 3.

A large field of Formula Ford cars produced some exciting races that featured a thrilling tit for tat battle between David Hardman and Jonathan Miles in identical Van Diemen RF89’s. Hardman took race 1 and 2 after two tough battles against Miles, who took the last race over Hardman.

The classic Groups Sa (Over 2000cc), Sb and Sc sports car races produced some thrilling action for the fans with Joseph Dibartolo in his Corvette taking out race 1 and 2. He was on track to sweep the weekend when he encountered mechanical issues, which unfortunately forced put him into second. Paul Blackie in his #7 Corvette took advantage of this and won the race and also the one that followed.

The 2015 Sandown Historic meet was a fantastic event enjoyed by all who attended and competed in it. Next years event hopefully should be even better. The VHRR have done a really great job with this event as it continues to attract exciting new entrants year after year. 

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