Inaugural 2 Litre Festival
A fantastic weekends racing at Phillip Island for the Inaugural 2 Litre Festival. A great grid of cars from the 2 Litre Sports Sedan Club and the Australian Pulsar Racing Association as part of the PIARC Endurance Access meeting.
The drivers raced in mixed conditions over the two days of racing. With wet conditions on the Saturday suiting the FWD Pulsars and the dry conditions on Sunday favoring the Sports Sedans. The strengths in the different cars provided entertaining racing over the weekend.
Lee Uhlhorn / Mazda RX7 was back after a 2 ½ year break and dominated all 3 races taking the clean sweep. Lee started the race out the front but Andrew Pinkerton / Datsun 1600 was on a charge, trying to chase Lee down. Robert Pepper got the final podium position with a great run in his APRA Pulsar.
The rain held off for Sunday’s races and the slicks came out for the Sports Sedans. Lee Uhlhorn again got the jump while the Lee Partridge / Mazda RX7 and Barry Megaw Datsun / 1600 worked there way through the field to complete the podium. Steve Cannizzo was the top Pulsar in a fighting 8th position. Some incidents and mechanical issues had the teams battling to get some cars back out for the final race.
Final race of the weekend and Lee Uhlhorn was at it again setting the pace from the front. Lee Partridge had splitter issues and his race ended with a DNF. The battle for 2nd, 3rd and 4th was epic between Barry Megaw, Brendan Woods and Steve Howard. Sam Speer in the repaired Alfa GTAM put a solid drive to make up to 7th after his Race 2 DNF. Steve Cannizzo lead home the pack of Pulsars followed by Lee Nuttall, Matthew Butters and Brett Mitchell.
An excellent of weekend racing with great sprint between competitors and support crews. The crews are already looking forward to next years event.
Pos Car Driver Name Car make / Model Class
1 83 Lee Uhlhorn Mazda RX7 1985 Class A
2 8 Barry Megaw Datsun 1600 1969 Class B
3 25 Brendan Woods Toyota Corolla 1974 Class B
4 97 Andrew Pinkerton Datsun P510 1972 Class B
5 76 Lee Partridge Mazda RX7 1983 Class A
6 18 Steven Cannizzo Nissan Pulsar 2000 APRA
7 13 Steven Howard Toyota Corolla 1975 Class A
8 96 Vincent McNair Honda Prelude 1996 Class A
9 10 Lee Nuttall Nissan Pulsar 1994 APRA
10 21 Richard Gay Toyota GT86 2014 Class D
11 23 Matthew Butters Nissan Pulsar 1995 APRA
12 87 Philip Kirkham EUNOS 30X 1995 Class B
13 57 Edward Metz Ford Escort 1970 Class B
14 87 Robert Pepper Nissan Pulsar 1992 APRA
15 78 Sam Speer Alfa Romero GTAM 1972 Class B
16 8 Brett Mitchell Nissan Pulsar 2000 APRA
17 10 Bradley Connelly Nissan Pulsar 1998 APRA
18 21 Matthew Leenman Nissan Pulsar 1998 APRA
19 95 Joshua Heath Nissan Pulsar 1998 APRA
20 73 Chris Hales Nissan Pulsar 1996 Class B
21 2 Benjamin Hamilton Nissan Pulsar 1992 APRA
22 555 Ryan Woods Toyota KE55 1980 Class B
23 58 Simon Hales Toyota Corolla 1974 Class B
24 24 John Patterson Datsun 180B SSS 1973 Class B
25 39 Bruce Henderson Renault Sport Clio 172 Class B