Wattman races in lead of pack for win in Longford '67 - Rainy S5000 LE

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Longford WSC

Maney leads most laps

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Lola T70 going by Boags Bar
Longford '67 - Rainy S5000 LE
ROUND 1
17 Dec 2016
RACING HOST
Luke Maney
NEXT
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Scott's engine expires

17 Dec 2016 — Simon Wattman logged seven laps at the front in a first-place run in the Longford '67 - Rainy S5000 LE in the opening round of the One Last Hurrah series.

Driving the Ford GT40 Mk1 LE, Wattman drove nearly equal parts of 15 laps total leading Luke Maney after engaging and passing him on lap 10, coming from as many as three spots back. Wattman got around Maney and into first place on lap 10, and defended it against pressure by Maney the remaining seven laps to the finish.

Luke Maney commanded the top spot most of all, leading eight of 16 laps but ultimately settling for second place.

Maney ran nearly equal parts of 15 laps total leading Simon Wattman after being engaged by him on the second lap. Maney fended off a prolonged attack by Wattman early in the running, staying just car lengths ahead of him over an unbroken run of eight laps. In the end Maney lost the spot on lap 10 and settled into second the seven laps running to the conclusion.

One Last Hurrah series moves on to Round 2 in a week at Daytona International '70. The series has 10 drivers competing for points in the championship.

Marcos Nunez captured third place.

RESULTS Click driver name for individual report
1 Simon Wattman 16 36:41.020
2 Luke Maney No More Chicanes 16 36:42.909
3 Marcos Nunez 16 37:50.420
4 Scott Ring 7 Suspension
5 Andrie Ambadar Atlantic Motorsport International 7 Suspension
6 Bill Miller 3 Engine
7 Matt Geddes Moonshine Runners 2 Engine
8 Daniel Kornblum 2 Engine
10 roberto Perales 2 DNF
9 alejo perales 0 DNF
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Closeup cockpit
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Simon's perspective
POSTRACE

INT
–1.889
FIN
2
Q
1
REP
+4
CLASS
S5000 LE
CAR
Lola T70 Mk.3B LE
Posted by Luke Maney at 06:57 PM on Sat Dec 17 EST

Racing in the rain is tricky and treacherous, but definitely doable! My pole was a surprize as Matt was quicker, but I will take it. Got a good start and thought for sure it was my race to win or lose. Near the end while battling with Simon in the rain at night I noticed my balance was going away and my Lola T70 was sliding at The Country Club, but I kept pushing trying to create a gap to Simon. Then it happened and I slid into to the hay bales and got trapped behind a telephone pole. Simon got by and gapped me by about 6 seconds. So it was on from then, decided I had enough life in my engine to really push it, and I made it up and passed him. But then it happened again and I went into the same bales...to shorten this story I will say- good race Simon you earned it!

Posted by Gilles Lalonde at 01:20 PM on Sun Dec 18 EST

Sorry for the No-Show, party the night before was way nuts, I slept in...

INT
0
FIN
1
Q
2
REP
+2
CLASS
S5000 LE
CAR
Ford GT40 Mk1 LE
Posted by Simon Wattman at 06:05 AM on Sat Dec 24 EST

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hdXRwLILp_o

:)


... GALLERY
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Then to night..
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Rain race!
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