Hansen to Lead the Pack
February 9, 2020
The penultimate chapter for the ENZED Central Muscle Cars 2019-2020 season is both unpredictable and unmissable. Early on it looked as if there would be two cars running away with the Group 1 and Group 2 titles but those suggestions were thrown out the window as round after round produced highs and lows for the entire field.
The teams and drivers return to Manfeild for a second time in this calendar season after a 2-stop adventure in the South Island it is Dean Hansen who leads Group 1 with Shane Holland back on the top of Group 2.
While points are always changing as a season unfolds it is the dramatic turnarounds that are peaking people’s interest. Most surprising is Angus Fogg dropping to 3rd with 5-time Champion Dean Perkins returning to contention and slotting himself into 2nd on the table. Both Fogg and Perkins have been on a rollercoaster ride while Hansen in the #81 yellow Monaro has remained consistent – and that is what wins Championships.
If Hansen is able to continue in his ways and allow others to make mistakes around him he is in with a very good chance of increasing his current lead of 76 points, but in the CMC category it is never that easy, given that two of their four races are reverse grid handicaps and the club also has a strict 50 point penalty rule for any on-track infractions. That simply means that you must not only be fast, but you have to be smart.
The South Island rounds also showed us that it is not a three-car battle for glory with four other drivers taking wins, and every time that happens the points table get tighter and tighter at the top.
It will be a slightly different matter in Group 2, with Shane Holland looking to simply cement his strong position at the top of the table.
It should also be noted that Perkins took three of the four wins at their last Manfeild outing – and he will be looking to repeat that performance.
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