Collins makes dominant return to South Island F1600 Championships

Christchurch’s Michael Collins has made a successful return to the South Island Formula 1600 Championships taking three wins from three races over the weekend at the Mike Pero Motorsport Park at Ruapuna, Christchurch.  While the opening round of the 2016/17 series was expected to see the continuation of last season’s rivalry between Southland drivers Ethan Anderson and Jordan Michels, the late entry of Collins has changed and raised the level of competition for this summer of racing.

“We’re pretty happy with the weekend,” commented Collins.  “The car has been well prepared, we’ve had a good race setup on the car and while qualifying could have been better we got some great results from the racing.”

After taking a year off, Collins only recently decided to make a return to racing.  “It’s been a last minute decision.  The car was in pieces sitting in the workshop and it was only a couple of weeks ago that we decided to make it happen.  Friday practice was the first time out for the car and it went well all weekend.”

While Anderson set the fastest lap of the weekend and clearly had the pace to keep up with Collins, he had to settle for second in all three races, as did Michels who was third and Royce Bayer fourth.

“The car was great,” said Anderson.  “I’m thrilled to have set the fastest lap for the round which confirms we have the pace to compete with Michael (Collins).  It’s now a matter of getting past him or keeping him behind us when we head to the next round.”

It was 14-year-old rookie driver Liam Lawson from Pukekohe who set the fastest lap in qualifying on Saturday morning but an engine issue while leading in the opening stage of race one saw an early retirement and an end to the team’s weekend.

A large field of 22 cars were competed in three different Classes.  Collins who leads the overall Championship also heads up Class 2.  Anderson leads Class 1 while Joseph Oliver was the first Class 3 car home in each of the races.

The series now heads to Timaru International Raceway for the second round on Saturday 12 November.  The event also doubles as the opening round of the five round New Zealand Formula 1600 Championship.

OVERALL Points (Top 10)

1     Michael Collins       120

2     Ethan Anderson     105

3    Jordan Michels          93

4    Royce Bayer                84

5    Grant Campbell         76

6    Dyson Freeman         68

7    Trevor Stiles                68

8    Steve Heffernan       60

9    Joseph Oliver             54

10 Anna Collins                 47

Class 1 (Top 3)

1    Ethan Anderson       120

2    Jordan Michels          105

3    Grant Campbell          93

Class 2 (Top 3)

1    Michael Collins        120

2    Royce Bayer             105

3    Dyson Freeman        93

Class 3 (Top 3)

1    Joseph Oliver           120

2    Graham Dickie         105

3    Roger Mckenzie        93

Qualifying Results

1     30     Liam Lawson     01:03.733    

2     23     Jordan Michels     01:04.383    

3     70     Ethan Anderson     01:04.567    

4     94     Michael Collins     01:04.615

5     90     Royce Bayer     01:04.769    

6     92     Derek Wilson     01:05.729    

7     26     Dyson Freeman     01:06.188    

8     8     Stephen Heffernan     01:06..434

9     46     Grant Campbell     01:06.443    

10     91     Trevor Stiles     01:06.479    

11     10     David Kircher     01:06.519    

12     96     Anna Collins     01:06.855    

13     11     Dave Arrowsmith     01:07.801

14     14     Joseph Oliver     01:07.956    

15     191     Graham Dickie     01:07.995    

16     75     Jack Noble-Adams     01:09.240

17     9     Tony Fitzpatrick     01:09.508

18     44     James Dicey     01:09.827    

19     72     Roger McKenzie     01:11.644    

20     27     Dave McKenzie     01:12.383    

21     33     Philip Butcher     01:13.755    

22     52     Robin Williams     01:14.376    

                       

Race 1 (10 laps)

1    Michael Collins

2    Ethan Anderson

3    Jordan Michels

4    Royce Bayer

5    Grant Campbell

6    Trevor Stiles

7    Stephen Heffernan

8    Dyson Freeman

9    Joseph Oliver

10    Jack Noble-Adams

11    James Dicey

12    Graham Dickie

13    Tony Fitzpatrick

14    Roger McKenzie

15    Anna Collins

16    Philip Butcher

17    Dave McKenzie

18    Robin Williams

dnf    Liam Lawson

dnf    David Kircher

Race 2 (10 laps)

1    Michael Collins

2    Ethan Anderson

3    Jordan Michels

4    Royce Bayer

5    Grant Campbell

6    Trevor Stiles

7    Dyson Freeman

8    Joseph Oliver

9    Anna Collins

10    Stephen Heffernan

11    Graham Dickie

12    Tony Fitzpatrick

13    James Dicey

14    Philip Butcher

15    Roger McKenzie

16    Dave McKenzie

17    Robin Williams

dnf    Jack Noble-Adams

dnf    David Kircher

dns    Derek Wilson

dns    Dave Arrowsmith

Race 3 (12 laps)

1    Michael Collins

2    Ethan Anderson

3    Jordan Michels

4    Royce Bayer

5    Dyson Freeman

6    Grant Campbell

7    Stephen Heffernan

8    Trevor Stiles

9    Anna Collins

10    Joseph Oliver

11    Graham Dickie

12    James Dicey

13    Tony Fitzpatrick

14    Philip Butcher

15    Roger McKenzie

16    Robin Williams

17    Dave McKenzie

2016/17 South Island Formula 1600 Championship Calendar

Rnd 1: October 29-30 2016, Mike Pero Motorsport Park, Ruapuna, Christchurch

Rnd 2: November 12 2016, Timaru International Raceway, Timaru (Long track); (also Rd 1 NZ Formula Ford Championship)

Rnd 3: December 3-4 2016, Teretonga Park Raceway, Invercargill

Rnd 4: January 12-15 2017, Mike Pero Motorsport Park, Ruapuna (also Rd 2 NZ Formula Ford Championship)

Rnd 5: January 19-22 2017, Teretonga Park Raceway, Invercargill; (also Rd 3 NZ Formula Ford Championship)

Rnd 6: March 25 2017, Timaru International Raceway, Timaru (Long track)

Collins makes dominant return to South Island F1600 Championships

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