HQ Racing NSW “Osborns Transport” Round 2 Race Report

Sydney Motorsport Park Gardner – 6th & 7th of April 

The second round of the NSW HQ championship was held in perfect conditions at Sydney Motorsport Park. A solid field of 21 cars entered this round, and the usual qualifying and 3 races format was to be used. Chris Molle continued his good form from round one to claim pole from the hard charging Glenn Deering. Shaun Boland was third fastest and beside him was defending champion Brett Osborn. The third row consisted of Luke Harrison and David Allan.

Molle made a great start in race 1 and was flanked by Deering all the way into turn two. The field made it through the first lap with no major drama with the running order of Molle, Deering, Osborn and Allan. The two leaders proceeded to pull away and built a small gap to the third place battle, as the race progressed, groups of cars started forming throughout the field.

Osborn found his rhythm and commenced his charge towards the two leaders while Duane Cambridge was doing the same thing towards the rear of the field. By mid-race distance Osborn was on Deering’s tail and eventually passed him under brakes at turn two. David Proglio was having a great dice with Harrison until the latter made a move on the inside at turn two, but unfortunately was too fast for the upcoming corner. Harrison went wide dragging the hapless Proglio wide allowing the pursuing Scott Walker to overtake both cars on the inside.

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As the race settled the field was relatively spread out (for a HQ race). In the end Molle won comfortably from Osborn, Walker was home in 3rd. Special mention to Cambridge coming home in 5th after charging through the field from 14th.

In race 2, Molle made another great get away from Osborn and Deering, during the early running of the race these three drives pulled a slight gap from the rest of the field. Osborn continued harassing the rear of Molle’s car and eventually put on a great pass to take the lead. In mid pack Marusic’s car was not sounding healthy and running at full speed, to his credit he soldiered on to finish. Deering’s car was not so lucky with it retiring just after the hairpin while in a podium position.

The expectation was for Osborn to pull away once in the lead, but it was not to be as a five car pack formed at the front. The order was; Osborn, Molle, Cambridge, Proglio and Walker. On the last corner of the last lap Molle made a good exit and dragged Osborn to the finish line only to miss out by a tenth of a second. Cambridge continued his comeback to finish a strong 3rd.

Race 3 start was similar to the previous races with Molle leading the charge from Osborn. These two drivers proceeded to set the pace and build up a small gap to the chasing group that consisted of; Proglio, Harrison and Cambridge. Deering was putting on a charge through the field having started at the rear.

With the two leaders comfortable in front, third positioned Proglio was being hounded by Harrison and Cambridge. To Proglio’s credit he resisted every move by the pursuant. In mid field Jason Johnston, Tristan Wolds and Chris Buckley put on a great show swapping positions multiple times. Up front, Molle’s form continued, he seemed comfortable in the lead even with the pressure that Osborn applied. Molle came home 1st, Osborn 2nd and Proglio 3rd.

Round 2 Race Results

Race 1
1     #2  Chris Molle (NSW) – Command Digital Signage             
2     #1  Brett Osborn (NSW) – Osborns Transport / Boys from the Bush         
3     #36  Scott Walker (NSW) – Tyrepower Gregory Hills-DTC Transport

Race 2
1     #1  Brett Osborn (NSW) – Osborns Transport / Boys from the Bush   
2     #2  Chris Molle (NSW) – Command Digital Signage
3     #7  Duane Cambridge (NSW) – Aristovil Car Wraps

Race 3
1     #2  Chris Molle (NSW) – Command Digital Signage          
2     #1  Brett Osborn (NSW) – Osborns Transport / Boys from the Bush         
3    #39  David Proglio (NSW) – MHA Euro      

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