Following the acquisition of last years National Championship winning car, Callum Crawley has claimed Round 3 of the Manawatu Car Club’s Manfeild Winter Series taking two wins along the way. After missing the opening round, Crawley has little chance of a Winter Series title which left Alex Hawley extending his series lead over his rivals.
Crawley sent a message early in the day, smashing out a stunning 1:22.9 lap to take pole position in qualifying, a huge 0.4s ahead of second placed Billy Frazer. Last years Winter Series champ Kaleb Ngatoa returned to the track with a slightly fresher motor which saw him back up the front, taking third in Qualifying ahead of Taylor Hurst.
The opening race of the day would go down to the wire with a five car train of Crawley, Ngatoa, Frazer, Hawley and Clark all vying for the lead of the race. Half way through the race Clark would drop off the pack as he performed a 10/10 spin at splash, losing only one position. The following lap Hawley got right out sideways at the same spot as his teammate but managed to hold on the train.
Hawley quickly made a move to lead on the penultimate lap ahead of Crawley and Ngatoa, but choose to slot behind the pair in order to try to get by them on the final corner with a tow. The other didn’t play ball and saw them come out of the final corner three wide with Crawley taking the win by just 0.05s over Ngatoa!
Race 2 was another war of attrition with the remaining drivers all in with a shot at the win. Conrad Clark went off the road at turn one on lap two while Alex Hawley repeated him the following lap. That left Frazer, Hurst, Crawley and Ngatoa to fight for the win and in typical Formula First fashion, it came down to the final few meters as Frazer notched up a win 0.027s in front of Ngatoa and Crawley.
The final race of the weekend was another nail bitter with Crawley and Ngatoa coming out of the final corner of the race two wide, as close as you’ll ever see. Frazer was just in behind them and joined in on the drag to the flag which Crawley would win followed by Frazer then Ngatoa.
Hawley now leads by 59 points over Clark and with 225 points still on the line it’s anyone’s series. Taylor Hurst sits third, 120 points off Hawley while Billy Frazer leads Crawley for the “Missed one round” bragging rights.