Mondeos take the limelight in Mobil 1 Classic Speedfest at Teretonga

| Photographer Credit: Richard Dimmock Photography

The Ford Mondeo ST’s of Paul Radisich and Scott O’Donnell had the march over the rest of the Archibalds Historic Touring Car field at the Mobil 1 Classic Speedfest held at Teretonga Park, Invercargill, over the weekend.

While O’Donnell won two of the four races, crowd favourite Paul Radisich come home first in a thriller driving his 1994 FIA Touring Car World Cup winning Mondeo.

#38 Bruce Miles on the left of #3 Scott O’Donnell with #311 Paul Radisich behind

“It was a lot of fun, especially to win in that car again,” commented Radisich. “It’s a bit like an old friend. It’s an arm chair and it’s still great to drive.

“This type of racing is really enjoyable and that’s what it is about. And, everyone is driving safely but hard.”

However, it was Nigel Arkell’s Honda Accord Supertourer that not only set fastest time in qualifying but went on to win the opening race of the weekend. Initially Brett Stevens (Ford Sierra Cosworth RS500) grabbed the lead ahead of Arkell but this came undone with Stevens retiring and ending his weekend. Starting last on the grid, O’Donnell (Ford Mondeo) had worked his way through the field to take second from Radisich, Arron Black (BMW E30), Bruce Miles (BMW 320i Supertourer) and Tony Forde (Holden Commodore Walkinshaw).

O’Donnell’s fortune continued in the opening race on Sunday, winning after Arkell’s luck came to a halt on the first lap and put him out for the remaining two races. Scott had to sustain pressure from Miles who finished second ahead of Radisich, Black and Gary Geeves (BMW 320i Supertourer).

The third race of the round provided the thriller which saw numerous lead changes and a third winner for the weekend. From pole, under a rolling start, O’Donnell was swapped as the lights went green allowing Miles to lead from Radisich and Black. These four were to duel for the podium positions with Radisich leading before Scott got back in front only to miss a gear change over the back of the circuit on the final lap. Radisich, always the professional, seized the opportunity, crossing the line ahead of Miles, O’Donnell and Black.

#15 Arron Black stays ahead of the Ford Mondeos of Paul Radisich and Scott O’Donnell

Scott went on to win the final encounter from Miles and Radisich, taking his second win for the round. With both Miles and Radisich applying pressure it was about keeping it clean and not making any more mistakes. Black retired with an ignition coil problem moving Geeves into fourth ahead of Forde.

“Both the Mondeos have gone really well,” commented O’Donnell. “Paul (Radisich) has done a great job driving the other car. He still has amazing skills that the rest of us just don’t have. We have had some really good drags in straight lines which goes to show that there is not a lot between them and that’s good to see in this category.”

#16 Tony Forde (Holden) battled all weekend with Gary Geeves (BMW)

Behind the top four, the remaining field fought for minor placings. Local Tony Forde and Geeves traded places all weekend while Dennis Chapman (BMW 318i Supertourer), Warren Dunn (BMW M3), Warren Good (BMW E36) and Nick Young (BMW 325i) battled amongst themselves while trying to keep the beautiful Jaguar XJS of Gary Johnstone at bay.

“I was pretty happy with the way we went,” said Forde. “I really enjoyed that as the BMWs are a lot nimbler than the Commodore, but it makes it up with grunt so some good racing. I’m quicker on the straight and the only problem is they aren’t long enough.”

#8 Warren Good ahead of #12 Warren Dunn

The weekend was the second and final round of another successful Archibalds Historic Touring Car season. The category continues to build and expects more racecars to join the grid in the spring.

#52 Gary Johnstone Jaguar XJS

Qualifying
Position, number, Name, Car, Time
1/ 62 Nigel Arkell, Honda Accord, 1:05.406
2/ 15 Arron Black, BMW E30 173, 1:05.601
3/ 311 Paul Radisich, Ford Mondeo, 1:06.419
4/ 28 Brett Stevens, Ford Sierra Cosworth RS, 1:07,108
5/ 25 Bruce Miles, BMW 320I Supertourer, 1:09.283
6/ 97 Matthew O’Donnell, BMW 318 Supertourer, 1:09.283
7/ 52 Gary Johnstone, Jaguar XJS, 1:10.335
8/ 16 Tony Forde, Holden Commodore Walkinshaw, 1:10.361
9/ 12 Warren Dunn, BMW E30 M3, 1:10.419
10/ 45 Nick Young, BMW 325i, 1:10.701
11/ 124 Gary Geeves, BMW 320i, 1:10.721
12/ 8 Warren Good, BMW E36, 1:10.953
13/ 161 Lindsay O’Donnell, Ford Mondeo, 1:11.207
14/ 23 Dennis Chapman, BMW 318 Supertourer 1:12.187
15/ 115 Austin McKinlay, Holden Commodore, 1:12.848
16/ 55 Dennis Ham, Alfa Romeo 155, 1:15.298
17/ 100 David Beattie, Toyota Corona, 1:16.245
18/ 3 Scott O’Donnell, Ford Mondeo ST, 1:48.834

Race 1 (8 laps)
Position, number, Name, Car,
1/ 62 Nigel Arkell Honda Accord
2/ 3 Scott O’Donnell Ford Mondeo ST
3/ 311 Paul Radisich Ford Mondeo
4/ 15 Arron Black BMW E30 173
5/ 25 Bruce Miles BMW 320I Supertourer
6/ 16 Tony Forde Holden Commodore Walkinshaw
7/ 124 Gary Geeves BMW 320i
8/ 8 Warren Good BMW E36
9/ 12 Warren Dunn BMW E30 M3
10/ 52 Gary Johnstone Jaguar XJS
11/ 45 Nick Young BMW 325i
12/ 23 Dennis Chapman BMW 318 Supertourer
13/ 97 Matthew O’Donnell BMW 318 Supertourer
14/ 115 Austin McKinlay Holden Commodore
15/ 55 Dennis Ham Alfa Romeo 155
16/ 100 David Beattie Toyota Corona
DNF 28 Brett Stevens Ford Sierra Cosworth RS
DNS 161 Lindsay O’Donnell Ford Mondeo

Race 2 – 6 laps
Position, number, Name, Car,
1/ 3 Scott O’Donnell Ford Mondeo ST
2/ 25 Bruce Miles BMW 320I Supertourer
3/ 311 Paul Radisich Ford Mondeo
4/ 15 Arron Black BMW E30 173
5/ 124 Gary Geeves BMW 320i
6/ 8 Warren Good BMW E36
7/ 12 Warren Dunn BMW E30 M3
8/ 16 Tony Forde Holden Commodore Walkinshaw
9/ 45 Nick Young BMW 325i
10/ 23 Dennis Chapman BMW 318 Supertourer
11/ 115 Austin McKinlay Holden Commodore
12/ 52 Gary Johnstone Jaguar XJS
13/ 55 Dennis Ham Alfa Romeo 155
14/ 100 David Beattie Toyota Corona
DNF 62 Nigel Arkell Honda Accord
DNS 28 Brett Stevens Ford Sierra Cosworth RS

Race 3 (6 laps)
Position, number, Name, Car,
1/ 311 Paul Radisich Ford Mondeo
2/ 25 Bruce Miles BMW 320I Supertourer
3/ 3 Scott O’Donnell Ford Mondeo ST
4/ 15 Arron Black BMW E30 173
5/ 16 Tony Forde Holden Commodore Walkinshaw
6/ 124 Gary Geeves BMW 320i
7/ 8 Warren Good BMW E36
8/ 23 Dennis Chapman BMW 318 Supertourer
9/ 12 Warren Dunn BMW E30 M3
10/ 45 Nick Young BMW 325i
11/ 52 Gary Johnstone Jaguar XJS
12/ 115 Austin McKinlay Holden Commodore
13/ 55 Dennis Ham Alfa Romeo 155
14/ 100 David Beattie Toyota Corona
DNS 62 Nigel Arkell Honda Accord

Race 4 (6-laps)
Position, number, Name, Car,
1/ 3 Scott O’Donnell Ford Mondeo ST
2/ 25 Bruce Miles BMW 320I Supertourer
3/ 311 Paul Radisich Ford Mondeo
4/ 124 Gary Geeves BMW 320i
5/ 16 Tony Forde Holden Commodore Walkinshaw
6/ 8 Warren Good BMW E36
7/ 45 Nick Young BMW 325i
8/ 12 Warren Dunn BMW E30 M3
9/ 23 Dennis Chapman BMW 318 Supertourer
10/ 55 Dennis Ham Alfa Romeo 155
11/ 100 David Beattie Toyota Corona
DNF 15 Arron Black BMW E30 173
DNF 115 Austin McKinlay Holden Commodore
DNS 52 Gary Johnstone Jaguar XJS

Benjamin Carrell

Benjamin Carrell is a freelance motorsport writer and currently edits talkmotorsport.co.nz. He writes for a number of Kiwi drivers and motorsport clubs. That's when he's not working in his horticultural day-job or training for the next road or mtb cycle race!

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