Aaron Seton continued to raise the bar in the Performax TA2 Muscle Car Series, taking pole position and victory in race one today at Goulburn’s Wakefield Park Raceway at the Australian Motor Racing Series.
Seton’s 1:01.1 in the Castrol Harris Racing Mustang during qualifying was seven tenths clear of Ashley Jarvis in the Lighthouse Electrical Camaro, with series leader Russell Wright third in the RoadBees Transport Mustang. Hugh McAlister and Canberra’s Chad Cotton rounded out the top five.
Cold, blustery and wet conditions forced all teams onto wet tyres for the opening ten lap encounter, which started under the control of the safety car after Michael Kulig’s Camaro spun at turn two on the out lap, and Peter Robinson’s Dodge Challenger went off at turn eight with a throttle issue. Cotton failed to take the start of the race due to a battery failure in the marshalling area.
As the race got underway, Seton sprinted away from Jarvis as Hugh McAlister jumped Russell Wright for third early on. Seton edged out to a comfortable margin and was never headed as the track dried out.
Dodge Challenger driver Scott Textor had a spin coming on to the pit straight late in the race when under pressure from Seton as he charged through the back markers, and Mark Crutcher also spun on the final lap out of turn eight in trying conditions.
Seton took out race one of the weekend by a comfortable 15-second margin over Jarvis, with Hugh McAlister in third ahead of Wright, Ian McAlister who picked up eight positions along the way, with Cam Sendall, Crutcher, Greg Willis, Robinson and Kulig rounding out the top ten.
“There were very testing conditions out there today, Wakefield is a very slippery track in the wet, but I built a gap early on and was happy to hold on for the win,” said Seton.
“We’ll tune the car back to dry conditions and go again for the three races tomorrow.”
The Performax TA2 Muscle Car field returns for three races tomorrow, with weather conditions looking to be a major improvement to those witnessed at Wakefield Park today.