Perkins Claims Another Manfeild Scalp
February 14, 2020
Dean Perkins set the standard for Race 1 getting himself immediately off the line to win from start to end.
He was self-helped by his closest competitor Angus Fogg who bogged down at the start which allowed Greg Honnor to get in front of him. He then spent 75% of the race in a direct battle with Greg, unable to find a way past until Honnor put himself off the track after a pressure mistake, overshooting turn 1 and running through the kitty litter.
He returned to the circuit in 4th place behind the flying Craig Boote and even though it allowed Fogg a clear track to see Perkins there were never going to be enough laps left for a challenge to be made.
Further back there were other small battles going on, Peter Ward stalled on the line and didn’t make a start until the pack had already gone through turn 1, but he was determined and on a mission. He caught the field, made passes and was soon mid-field and racing hard with Clarke Hopkins.
He tried different passing tactics and they went bumper to bumper for a multitude of laps before Ward finally got around him, it was a stellar drive by both parties, but certainly for Ward given how far back he started the race. It was something special to watch his drive and showed the ability and potential of both himself and his new car once he learns it.
Craig Boote was certainly learning the track, he slotted himself into third spot and was impossible to pass, he had the power to remain in front of Greg Honnor, and was smooth enough under braking and on the corners to hold him off.
Championship leader Hansen started in 5th and finished 5th, for that he should be content. He still has some grip issues with the rear of the car and was unable to make a strong challenge for higher spots, however he was neither caught by those behind and therefore not passed so he will take some positives from that.
There was a small drama early on for one driver, Michael Eden losing speed on the opening lap, he then came into the pits and was calling for the fire crews – he had issues with smoke coming from the rear of the car and the extinguishers were needed.
In regards to the Championship, Perkins has once again shown his mettle. He knows what is needed and will need to continue the form through the upcoming handicap races – and there is a whisper of an advantage for him as this weekend has a smaller field of cars competing than normal. This means less cars to weave through as he continues to hunt down Dean Hansen’s Championship lead.
But it is only a whisper of an advantage as he will start behind Fogg, Boote, Honnor, Ross, Hansen etc, there is no doubt he will need to continue bringing his ‘A Game’ for the remainder of the weekend, and there is absolutely no room for error.
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