National Super Sprint Closed Car Champion raced in Shannons Historic Race at Barbagallo Raceway

Terry Darby-Smith and driver John Clark.
Terry Darby-Smith and driver John Clark.

NATIONAL Super Sprint Closed Car Champion John Clark took to the track in cars with no roofs or mudguards at the Shannons Historic race meeting at Barbagallo Raceway.

‘It was my first foray into open wheelers since driving go karts earlier in my motorsports career and I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it,’ he said.

Clark drove Alexis and Fielding Formula two cars that raced in Australia and Europe in the 1960s.

The drive came at the invitation of Neil McCrudden, owner of the WA Racing Museum, which has the biggest collection of historic racing cars still racing in the Southern Hemisphere.

‘It was great to compare the power and dynamics of these machines which, as you can imagine, are quite different from our 7-litre V8 Nissan,’ Clark said.

‘However it gave me an insight and feeling as to how recent redevelopment work on our car will play out.

‘The championship-winning car of 2012 and 2013 has undergone significant changes, including repositioning of the huge V8 from the front to the rear and the addition of a six-speed sequential transmission.

‘With new space-frame front chassis incorporating F1-style A-arm suspension and shock absorbers, V8 Supercar centre lock hubs and wheels and new lightweight composite body panels, we hope to put in some really fast lap times.’