Noble-Adams wins round as Freeman takes over lead in South Island Formula 1600 Champs

| Photographer Credit: Euan Cameron Photography

Dunedin’s Cameron Freeman is the new leader of the 2019/20 South Island Formula 1600 Championship after the fourth round held at Teretonga Park, Invercargill, over the weekend. A strong performance from Christchurch’s Jack Noble-Adams has seen him take his first-round win in a championship that is becoming increasingly competitive. Just 55-points separate the top five drivers.

Three podiums including his second race win gave Noble-Adams (Van Diemen Stealth) a narrow win from Nelson’s Matt Butchart ((Van Diemen Stealth) with current 2019/20 NZ Formula Ford championship leader James Penrose (Van Diemen Stealth) in third. Each enjoying a race win.

#75 Jack Noble-Adams ahead of #98 James Penrose

“Thrilled to get the round win,” commented Noble-Adams. “We had some issues on Friday to get sorted with the engine cooling so thrilled with the results. I’ve said all along that the car has the pace which we showed this weekend. I’m sure the racing is going to be very close heading into the final three rounds.”

Overall points leader Bailey Paterson was absent from the grid due to ther commitments leaving the door wide open for his rivals to take over the series with just three rounds left. Freeman (Van Diemen RF92) did enough to gain a 25-point advantage finishing fourth, second and seventh.

Penrose is currently competing in the national Formula Ford Championship and has elected to enter two of the South Island rounds. The Cantabrian won the prestigious Wigram Cup a fortnight ago and chose to compete at Teretonga in the lead up to the next national round there in January.

“It has been a valuable weekend for me and I know what we need to work on which is beneficial,” Penrose said.

#33 Matt Butchart (Photo: Terry Marshall)

On Saturday morning it was Butchart who set the bench mark recording a time of 1:03.928 to take pole position ahead of Penrose (1:04.065), Noble-Adams (1:04.153) and Anna Collins (1:04.983). However, it was Penrose who took the first race win passing Noble-Adams on the last lap winning by 1/100th of a second with Butchart third.

In a wet race 2 on Sunday morning, Penrose held the lead until he made a mistake going into the Elbow (corner) and went off, limping back through the field to finish sixth. Butchart took his first SI F1600 win from Freeman and Noble-Adams.

In the final 12-lap feature race in the dry, it was Noble-Adams who took his second win of the season which also sealed his first-round win.

#19 Cameron Freeman ahead of #21 Zac Christensen, #98 James Penrose and #26 Dyson Freeman

Heading into the Christmas break, Freeman now leads from Paterson with rookie driver Zac Christensen (Van Diemen RF92) third and Noble-Adams fourth ahead of Collins.

Within the category there are three separate Classes. With Auckland’s Grant Campbell absent from the round, Christchurch’s Steve Edwards (Mygale SJ08) resumes the lead in Class 1 (post 2000), Freeman leads Class 2 (1990-1999)from Paterson, Christensen and Noble-Adams. In the Historic Class 3, rookie Ryan Low (Van Diemen RF88) leads from Andy Downs (Lola 642E) and Noel Atley (Crossle 55F).

Round 4 podium, Matt Butchart (left), Jack Noble-Adams (centre) and James Penrose (right)

The series will get underway in the New Year with two rounds over consecutive weekends in January as a support category in the Speed Works Summer Series.

Overall Points after 4/7 rounds (Top 15)
1 Cameron Freeman 355
2 Bailey Paterson 330
3 Zac Christensen 325
4 Jack Noble-Adams 300
5 Anna Collins 232
6 James Penrose 207
7 Ryan Low 184
8 Steve Donaldson 179
9 Dyson Freeman 159
10 Simon Spencer-Bower 158
11 Grant Campbell 155
12 Matt Butchart 154
13 Noel Atley 146
14 Andy Downs 141
15 Steve Edwards 127

Race 1 (10 laps)
1 98 James Penrose Van Diemen Stealth RF 93
2 75 Jack Noble-Adams Van Diemen Stealth
3 33 Matthew Butchart Van Diemen RF94 Stealth
4 19 Cameron Freeman Van Diemen RF 92
5 21 Zac Christensen Van Diemen RF 92
6 6 Tony Graham Van Diemen Stealth
7 5 Kim Crocker Ray GR14
8 96 Anna Collins Van Diemen VD 94
9 77 Steve Edwards Mygale SJ 08a
10 53 Robert Toshach Swift FB 89
11 48 Simon Spencer-Bower Van Diemen Stealth RF93
12 47 Ryan Low Van Diemen RF88
13 56 Andy Downs Lola 642e
14 14 Noel Atley Crossle 55 F
15 26 Dyson Freeman Van Diemen RF92
16 87 Dominic Robertson Swift SC94
17 44 James Dicey Spectrum 07b
18 8 Steve Heffernan
19 111 Graham Dickie Lola 644E
20 9 Tony Fitzpatrick Van Diemen Stealth
21 76 Oscar Noble-Adams Van Diemen RF90
22 27 Dave McKenzie Begg FM3 FF1600

Race 2 (10 laps)
1 33 Matthew Butchart Van Diemen RF94 Stealth
2 19 Cameron Freeman Van Diemen RF 92
3 75 Jack Noble-Adams Van Diemen Stealth
4 26 Dyson Freeman Van Diemen RF92
5 21 Zac Christensen Van Diemen RF 92
6 98 James Penrose Van Diemen Stealth RF 93
7 5 Kim Crocker Ray GR14
8 96 Anna Collins Van Diemen VD 94
9 53 Robert Toshach Swift FB 89
10 14 Noel Atley Crossle 55 F
11 6 Tony Graham Van Diemen Stealth
12 77 Steve Edwards Mygale SJ 08a
13 56 Andy Downs Lola 642e
14 87 Dominic Robertson Swift SC94
15 8 Steve Heffernan
16 27 Dave McKenzie Begg FM3 FF1600
17 44 James Dicey Spectrum 07b
18 9 Tony Fitzpatrick Van Diemen Stealth
19 76 Oscar Noble-Adams Van Diemen RF90
DNF 48 Simon Spencer-Bower Van Diemen Stealth RF93
DNF 47 Ryan Low Van Diemen RF88
DNF 111 Graham Dickie Lola 644E

Race 3 (12 laps)
1 75 Jack Noble-Adams Van Diemen Stealth
2 98 James Penrose Van Diemen Stealth RF 93
3 33 Matthew Butchart Van Diemen RF94 Stealth
4 5 Kim Crocker Ray GR14
5 6 Tony Graham Van Diemen Stealth
6 21 Zac Christensen Van Diemen RF 92
7 19 Cameron Freeman Van Diemen RF 92
8 26 Dyson Freeman Van Diemen RF92
9 53 Robert Toshach Swift FB 89
10 96 Anna Collins Van Diemen VD 94
11 77 Steve Edwards Mygale SJ 08a
12 47 Ryan Low Van Diemen RF88
13 87 Dominic Robertson Swift SC94
14 48 Simon Spencer-Bower Van Diemen Stealth RF93
15 56 Andy Downs Lola 642e
16 44 James Dicey Spectrum 07b
17 8 Steve Heffernan
18 111 Graham Dickie Lola 644E
19 76 Oscar Noble-Adams Van Diemen RF90
20 9 Tony Fitzpatrick Van Diemen Stealth
21 27 Dave McKenzie Begg FM3 FF1600
DNF 14 Noel Atley Crossle 55 F

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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