Round Two of the Marque Sports Car Association Victoria (MSCA Vic) Super Sprint Series was held at Sandown International Raceway on Sunday March 4, 2012.
The number of competitors running at Round 2 of the MSCA Vic Super Sprint Series was nearly 50% greater than that for the first round run at Winton in January. In addition to the usual marque sports cars including Austin Healeys, Sprites, MGs, Triumphs, Lotuses, Datsuns and Nissans, Bolwells, Clubmans, and so on, there was a strong contingent of cars from the FPV & XR Owners Club of Victoria. There were certainly a lot more Falcons and Escorts out on the track than usual. The Regularity rounds also featured a higher number of competitors than previous rounds. Organisers estimate that close on 40% of total entries were Visitors (ie not members of MSCA Vic clubs) and there were a significant number of novice entrants as well.
The weather early on was very ordinary and with wet patches on the track a number of cars came to grief in the early rounds – unfortunately for some drivers they were photographed in awkward situations. The sun started to appear from behind the clouds around 10 o’clock and by 11 o’clock there were good indications that the weather was going to stay fine and sunny for the rest of the day. There were a lot fewer incidents as the day progressed.
Perhaps the most serious incident was just before the lunch break when a Renault Clio went off and the call was made for the ambulance and officials to attend on track. Fortunately there was no major damage to driver or car although a large vehicle was required to reinstate the tyre barrier that had been pushed significantly out of position.
With great weather conditions for driving, a large field of entrants, and effective event management, the competition was enjoyable for all concerned, with most drivers getting in somewhere between 20 and 30 laps over the course of the day.
Overall, a great day with the MSCA Vic at Sandown.