Race Report – Round 7, 1 Hour Enduro Sydney Motorsport Park 25-26 October 2014

Seton wins Sydney enduro as Reeves claims title

Aaron Seton has romped to victory while Chris Reeves was crowned Shaw Vineyard Estate NSW Production Touring Car champion at the season-ending Sydney Motorsport Park 1 Hour Enduro.

Seton lead all but a handful of early laps while last start winner Dylan Thomas managed to be runner-up despite starting from very last place on the 33-car grid.

The third-generation racer launched well from pole but soon came under pressure from Pro-Duct Motorsport teammate and team owner Bob Pearson.

Pearson took the lead on lap five as the two Mitsubishi Lancer Evo Xs continued to gap the field, by which time Thomas was already inside the top ten.

Seton reclaimed the lead on lap nine before Pearson was among the first to take his compulsory pit stop on lap twelve as the window opened.

That proved to be a costly play as the bulk of the field pitted during the safety car period which followed shortly after (for a stricken Will Cauchi), shuffling Pearson back to fifth.

His afternoon got worse, however, when car #38 overheated in the blaring midday Western Sydney sun and could not continue.

Seton was in control of the field when the race was restarted with 18 minutes remaining, while now second-placed Burges faced eleven lapped cars in front of him.

The traffic helped Barry Graham, in Luke Searle’s Roadchill Express BMW M135i, to briefly pinch second before Thomas soon overtook both, with Graham eventually succumbing to Leigh Burges and Greg Symes.

Seton, meanwhile, had amassed a 38 second lead by the time the chequered flag flew after 31 laps, marking his first enduro victory after sweeping the sprint races last time the championship visited SMP in July.

“The car felt pretty good so many thanks to the Pro-Duct team for the drive,” said Seton. “It was an awesome weekend for us.”

Reeves again won Class D on his way to a 19th place finish, giving the Toyota 86 driver the state title.

“We went out there knowing that we had to do what we’d done all year, which is to be consistent,” Reeves explained.

“I got a bit of a jump on the rest of my class and probably should have dropped back but unfortunately the racer in meant that I had to have a go at some of those [vee] eights – I just couldn’t back out. We had genuine speed and the crew did a great job.”

Steve Hodges was series runner-up while Burges claimed third.

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