2020 Summer Festival Entry & Documentation

The 2020 HSRCA Summer Festival at Sydney Motorsport Park will be held over the 28th & 29th of November, with private practice on Friday the 27th of November. The meeting will feature the Dawson-Damer Trophy, the Group S Enduro, the BMC Challenge and more over two packed days of historic motor sport.

Download event documentation below:

2020 HSRCA Summer Festival Supplementary Regulations [PDF]

2020 HSRCA Summer Festival Provisional Entry List [PDF] As at November 19 – Janet King, Race Secretary, will contact entrants directly about any duplicate race numbers or other entrant matters

2020 HSRCA Summer Festival Provisional Program of Events [PDF] Updated November 23 – Events 26 and 27 exchanged to give competitors more time to prepare their cars for the BMC challenge

2020 HSRCA Summer Festival Garage & Carport Allocation [PDF] As at November 19 – Garages and carports are fully allocated

2020 HSRCA Summer Festival Group S Enduro Pit Stop Garage Allocations [PDF]

2020 HSRCA Summer Festival Paddock Map [PDF]

2020 HSRCA Summer Festival RACE Self Scrutiny Form [PDF]- For competitors entering RACE events

2020 HSRCA Summer Festival SPEED Self Scrutiny Form [PDF] – For competitors entering SPEED (Regularity & Super Sprint) events

Motorsport Australia General Disclaimer [PDF]

Spectators

Unfortunately, due to restrictions arising from the prevailing global condition, the Summer Festival will be run without spectators.

Competitor Information

Increase to Attendance Limit, Thursday 26 November

We are pleased to announce that after several weeks of work, we have been successful in securing a limited increase to attendance limits for this weekend’s Summer Festival. This means that competitors are now able to bring additional crew to the meeting.

All attendees to the meeting must still be registered. If you wish to add additional members to your crew, please do so by emailing Janet King, race secretary today OR register your crew at sign on on Friday (27th) OR register at the gate on Saturday (28th).

Entry to the circuit will be strictly controlled and all attendees will be marked off at the entrance gate.

Unfortunately, there will still be no general admission to spectators.

Minor Change to the Program, November 23

We have decided to make a small change to the program, by flipping Events 26 and 27 on Sunday – Formula Vee and the BMC challenge. This is designed to give competitors more time to prepare their cars for the BMC Challenge Group S and Formula Vee competitors should please take note.

Friday Practice

Friday Practice will be available as usual and will be conducted by the circuit/ARDC from 9:00am.

Online entry is not available, simply show up and pay on the day. The cost is $163 for HSRCA and ARDC members and $193 for non-members.

An online waiver from is available from the following link. It will be required on the day, and entrants can complete it beforehand:

https://app.waiverelectronic.com/render/templateByRefId/5fa9d4b47b0f7a04912bff00

Note that this waiver includes standard drivers briefing notes and a physical briefing is no longer held.

Bump In 

Bump in and set up will be on Thursday evening. The paddock will be available from 5:00pm (due to another event). The skid pan will be available at this time as well. Please unload your car and remove your trailer to the designated trailer parking areas.

Paddock Layout and Use

A Paddock layout map is provided. Please adhere to this map, particularly in taking up a position on the skid pan.

Also, please assist by parking your tender vehicle and trailer in the designated parking areas (not the paddock).
HSRCA volunteers will be on hand on Thursday evening to assist with paddock management and directions.

Circuit Entry / COVID-19 Regulations

This will be a closed event with no spectators.

All attendees must be pre-registered through the MSA online entry system. Under COVID-19 regulations, entry to the circuit will be strictly controlled and all attendees will be marked off at the entrance gate.

Please look after yourselves and each other, and take care to follow good hygiene and social distancing practices. Do not attend the venue if you feel at all unwell.

Tender vehicle passes will be issued at sign on. Please insert your race car number on the tender pass.

Competitor Race Meeting Sign-On & Driver’s Briefing

This will be conducted by the race secretary in the Hinxman Room, from Friday morning. It will include a ‘Drivers Briefing’ form which needs to be read and signed for.

This process will take the place of the normal driver’s briefing on a Saturday morning (not held due to COVID).

Garages and Carports

Entries for this event are very strong. All garages and carports have already taken (some time ago) and there is a wait list. They are allocated on a ‘first in, first served basis’.

Every possible effort is made to allocate spaces based on entrant requests, car categories and the like. With such strong entries, however, not every request can be met.

Saturday Morning Entry 

If you are not arriving at the circuit until Saturday morning, you will need to be checked off at the entry gate as a registered attendee. Please allow time to do this.

Fuel

RaceFuels have filled the tanks for us ahead of our Summer Festival meeting. The bowsers uphill from race control will be operating throughout the weekend.

Elf Race 102, E85 and 98 RON and are all available on demand. Credit cards are accepted, just follow the instructions on the card reader.

Elf LMS FIA race fuel is available in 50L drums for pre-order delivery. Please contact RaceFuels on (03) 9706 5233 or Mark Tierney 0419 511 517 for more information.

98 RON = $2.20 per litre
E85 = $2.20 per litre
Elf Race 102 = $4.95 per litre
50L Drums of Elf LMS FIA are also available = $8.00 per litre

Spectators

Unfortunately, due to restrictions arising from the prevailing global condition, the Summer Festival will be run without spectators.

Competitor Information

Fuel

RaceFuels have filled the tanks for us ahead of our Summer Festival meeting. The bowsers uphill from race control will be operating throughout the weekend.

Elf Race 102, E85 and 98 RON and are all available on demand. Credit cards are accepted, just follow the instructions on the card reader.

Elf LMS FIA race fuel is available in 50L drums for pre-order delivery. Please contact RaceFuels on (03) 9706 5233 or Mark Tierney 0419 511 517 for more information.

98 RON = $2.20 per litre
E85 = $2.20 per litre
Elf Race 102 = $4.95 per litre
50L Drums of Elf LMS FIA are also available = $8.00 per litre

Competitor Information

Bump-In

Bump-in and set up will be on Thursday evening. Due to another event, the paddock will not be available until 6.00pm, but the skid pan will be available earlier. If you are located on the skid pan you can move in and set up later afternoon.

Paddock Layout and Use

A paddock map will be made available shortly. Please adhere to this map, particularly in taking up a position on the skid pan. Also, please assist by parking your tender vehicle and trailer in the designated parking areas (not the paddock.)

HSRCA volunteers will be on hand on Thursday evening to assist with paddock management and directions.

Entry Passes

Entry Passes and HSRCA sign-on will be available in the Hinxman Room from Friday morning (Practice Day).

We have allocated two entry passes to each competitor. Your HSRCA members’ card can act as an additional pass. Extra passes are available upon request. Please only take what you need.

This will also include tender vehicle passes. Please insert your race car number on the tender pass.

Competitor Race Meeting Sign On

This will be conducted by the Race Secretary in the Hinxman Room, from Friday morning.

Friday Practice

Friday practice will be available as usual and be conducted by the ARDC/Sydney Motorsport Park.

Sign on and payment is at the track on the day. Online entry is available at the SMSP website. Please click this link to sign up for private practice online on the SMSP website. The cost is $160 for ARDC and HSRCA members, $190 for non-members.

Friday practice typically commences at 9.00am. For those present on Friday, admin checking will be open from 11am.

Saturday Morning Entry 

If you are not arriving at the circuit until Saturday morning:

  • Entry passes should be available at the gate. Enter the circuit and set up your car at your allocated space
  • Complete your competitor sign-on for the event with the Race Secretary 

Garages and Carports

Competitors, if you requested a garage or carport this may be of interest to you.

Entries for the event are very strong! About two weeks before entries closed on the 15th of November, most of the garages were taken. In the week leading up to entries closing, all of the garages and most of the carports were taken.

There are numerous competitor requests to share with or next to others, as well as many other requests including nominating specific garages or carports, and requests to share with someone who has not entered.

When entries are so strong, there is quite limited flexibility to move competitors around in order to meet these requests. However, the Race Committee has met as many of these requests as possible.

Due to the strong entries, and garage overflow, marquees have been arranged, at considerable expense to the Club, and some competitors will be allocated a marquee.

The 2020 HSRCA Summer Festival at Sydney Motorsport Park has been run and won

The 2020 HSRCA Summer Festival has concluded. It will return in November, 2021 over the 27th & 28th. Until then, catch up on all the action from the event in the wrap-up below.

Now that we’ve had a few days to congeal after slowly melting over the course of the weekend, it’s time to take a look back at the 2020 HSRCA Summer Festival and enjoy some photos.

2020 was a year that was all too thin on the motor sport, until it suddenly rushed in during the closing laps, more than a bit dishevelled and a little sweaty. No sooner were the cars off the trailers following the Spring Festival than we were already chasing everyone’s entry to the Summer Festival.

2020 HSRCA Summer Festival

A huge amount of preparation goes on behind the scenes, both for the organisers (doubly so during a pandemic!) and entrants, who would have been crunching to prepare the cars and ensure that they were in fighting fit condition. We appreciate everyone’s effort to make the Summer Festival happen, and were thrilled to see such a strong entry roll into the circuit on Friday morning to enjoy a weekend of historic racing.

The cars were as beautifully-prepared as ever, which was a good thing as that fighting fitness we mentioned earlier was set to be tested. In the week leading up to the meeting our mates at the Bureau of Meteorology were predicting a warm weekend, and they were bang on.

2020 HSRCA Summer Festival

By the time we were getting ready for qualifying early on Saturday morning, it was already 30 degrees. This qualified as a cool morning in context, as temperatures rose to 40 during the day (Alan Sebesfi measured the track temperature in the pits on Saturday afternoon at 61.9C). Night brought little respite and Sunday was much the same, although the breeze (gale?) seemed to take the edge off. While temperature records were being set around the state, they were unlikely to fall on the track.

Saturday began as it always does, with qualifying, and we got stuck into the racing in the afternoon. The heat meant that fields shrunk a little during the day, either due to drivers making the perfectly sane and wise call to stay in, or cars struggling in the heat.

2020 HSRCA Summer Festival

That heat also affected our marshals, who are perhaps most exposed to it. Saturday’s conditions left several unable to proceed on Sunday, which necessitated some improvisation. This is a good opportunity to thank our marshals, and all volunteers, who endure rain, hail and an overabundance of shine with an endless supply of good spirits to keep us safe and allow us to pursue this sport. Without you, none of this would be possible and we are deeply grateful for all that you contribute to this community.

2020 HSRCA Summer Festival

Sunday, then, began as it rarely does – with practice. With fewer marshals available to cover the circuit, we moved to Sydney Motorsport Park’s shorter ‘Druitt’ or ‘North’ circuit. The Druitt circuit swaps the normally right-handed turn four for a left-and-then-right-hander to rejoin the back straight, removing the run around the back of the circuit. Changing the layout necessitated another practice session, which did wonders for our carefully-planned program and sadly resulted in the cancellation of the BMC Challenge race.

All involved were patient and gracious in dealing with the disturbance, for which we are most grateful. Especially to our friends in Group S, who should have been heading out for their endurance event first thing in the “cool” morning air, but instead challenged 22-odd laps in the middle of the day.

2020 HSRCA Summer Festival

Speaking of the endurance event, it was a lot of fun – even if a little subdued compared to normal. Few entrants ran in the team format with driver change out of respect for the prevailing condition, and the stifling heat took a toll on both drivers and cars. Wayne Seabrook, who was running double-duty competing in Group L, M and O as well, won the enduro in his Porsche 911. Lady Luck Racing, comprised of Mustang pilots Terry Lawlor and Brad Tilley claimed second in the Shelby GT350 with Mikki Piirlaid third in his 911.

2020 HSRCA Summer Festival

The Dawson-Damer trophy race for Groups L, M, O and invited P ran in the early afternoon, with Leslie Wright leading the field home in the beautiful Brabham BT21/23. Laurie Bennet took second in his Elfin 600B, with Wayne Seabrook third in a Renmax BN3. Their slightly younger, bigger and more flamboyantly bewinged brothers in Q & R Sports and Racing were led by Daniel Nolan and the Nola Chev, with Malcolm Oastler second in the Kaditcha AF2 and David Kent in the Ralt RT4 third.

2020 HSRCA Summer Festival

On the other end of the horsepower and downforce spectrum, Donald Greiveson claimed the Formula Vee race in his Spectre, with David Clark in the Avanti second and fellow Spectre pilot Norman Johnstone third. In Formula Ford the John Leffler Shield was awarded to Thomas Tweedie. In their race after lunch on Sunday, William Lowing in his Van Dieman RF88, Tom Tweedie in the Van Diemen RF86 and Bruce Connolly in the Elwyn 003B put on a cracker of a show that ended in a photo finish.

2020 HSRCA Summer Festival

Sunday’s Group N trophy was a Mustang lock-out, with Brad Tilley winning overall ahead of a photo finish between Adam Walton and Jamie Tilley, who was also first in Nb. The Nc order was Brad Tilley, Adam Walton and John Burke, with Jamie Tilley leading Nb ahead of Gregory Toepfer and the Cooper S of Francis Meier.

In Regularity, David Ellis won the Ian Forsyth trophy, Trevor Bly the Peter Finlay trophy and the Peninsula Sports Cars trophy went to John Croft. Peter Kotz took home the Graham Henshaw trophy in Supersprint.

2020 HSRCA Summer Festival

Thanks to some incredible persistence from our new Club President Wayne Wilson, who campaigned tirelessly to NSW Health for an increase to our venue capacity, we were able to welcome a few more people to the Summer Festival. That exemption was only given on the Thursday before the event, so unfortunately it was not in time for all entrants to take advantage of it, but it did allow more to bring family, friends or crew along to the meeting.

It was not, however, enough to welcome spectators, and we continue to long for the days when the pits, paddock and viewing areas would be abuzz with the full community out enjoying the motor sport, cars and each other’s good company. Keep practicing good hygiene, be safe and hopefully by the time we head to Wakefield Park next year for the Autumn Festival we’ll be able to do it with gusto.

2020 HSRCA Summer Festival

Thanks to Sydney Motorsport Park for hosting the meeting, helping us to run a safe and enjoyable event under challenging conditions, and for the continued support of the club and community.

In wrapping up the wrap-up, we’d like to send a big ‘THANK YOU!’ to everyone who joined us at the Summer Festival. Despite the heat and the challenges faced along the way we had a great meeting and look forward to doing it all again next year.

Only, preferably without the pandemic and with some milder weather. And maybe after a mince pie or two.

2020 HSRCA Summer Festival

Please enjoy the following photo galleries, with thanks to Sam Snape, Peter Schell, Geoff Russell, Mark Richards, Seth Reinhardt, Brent Murray, Mackenzie Green, David Jenkins, Jeremy Dale, Riccardo Benvenuti, bitesizepics and Campbell Armstrong Rider. Please click their names to head to their websites and see more of their work or get in touch, and if you’re looking from Seth, Jeremy or Peter, send Seth an email at [email protected].

2020 HSRCA Summer Festival, by Sam Snape

2020 HSRCA Summer Festival, by Peter Schell

2020 HSRCA Summer Festival, by Geoff Russell

2020 HSRCA Summer Festival, by Mark Richards

2020 HSRCA Summer Festival, by Seth Reinhardt

2020 HSRCA Summer Festival, by Anton Nya

2020 HSRCA Summer Festival by Brent Murray

2020 HSRCA Summer Festival, by David Jenkins

2020 HSRCA Summer Festival, by Mackenzie Green

2020 HSRCA Summer Festival, by Jeremy Dale

2020 HSRCA Summer Festival, by Riccardo Benvenuti

2020 HSRCA Summer Festival, by Campbell Armstrong Rider

2020 HSRCA Summer Festival

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