Proctor in dominant form at Ruapuna

Metalman Motorsport driver Clark Proctor was the dominant force in the MSC Formula 5000 Tasman Revival series’ penultimate round at Ruapuna near Christchurch over the weekend.

Proctor leads from the start. Photo Credit: Fast Company/Alex Mitchell
Proctor leads from the start. Photo Credit: Fast Company/Alex Mitchell

Last time the series visited Ruapuna, Dunedin’s Steve Ross dominated all of the racing, but after taking his debut win in the series less than a week earlier at Hampton Downs, Proctor took pole position having edged out Ross by just over one tenth of a second.

The opening race saw Proctor make the best of the start and while he held a comfortable gap over Ross whilst setting the fastest lap of the race, while the pair skipped away some 23 seconds ahead of third placed Mike Whatley. But Proctor was unstoppable and he took the chequered flag for a well deserved win.

The second race saw Proctor again move away at the start and was in control, again setting the fastest lap of the race early on as he kept a comfortable gap over Ross, but a broken banjo bolt in the brake system left him with no brakes in the powerful March 73A. With only two laps to go, Proctor backed off and still was able to salvage a second place.

With the brakes restored, Proctor again lined up on pole position for the final 12-lap feature race. This time Proctor was absolutely unstoppable and he stormed away with yet another fastest lap time and opened up a gap of more than two seconds by the time the chequered flag came out, giving Proctor his third win within a week.

The series now takes a week off after three weekends in a row before the final round of the series at Invercargill’s Teretonga raceway on February 16-17.

Third placed Greg Thornton (Left) and second placed Steve Ross (right) with round winner Clark Proctor. Photo Credit: Fast Company/Alex Mitchell
Third placed Greg Thornton (Left) and second placed Steve Ross (right) with round winner Clark Proctor. Photo Credit: Fast Company/Alex Mitchell