Sabre clean sweeps opening Winter Series Round
Sabre Motorsport has opened their 2016/17 Formula First campaign in the best possibly way, taking a clean sweep at the opening round of the 2016 Manfeild Winter Series.
After the team suffered a major setback with team owner and manager Dennis Martin being hospitalised earlier in the week with Pneumonia, they were able to prepare four very competitive cars for the weekend.
Sunday competition started very well for the team with SpeedSport Scholarship driver Dylan Smith setting the second fastest time in qualifying. Callum Crawley went third quickest in the #17 Sabre ahead of Alex Hawley’s #58 in fourth and Andrew Tierney in fifth.
It got even better in the opening race as Callum Crawley played his cards right to take the win. The race was a sign of things to come as the top four battled very closely for the win, with the lead changing too many times to count! Dylan Smith recorded a solid third place ahead of Hawley in fourth and Tierney sixth.
It was a bitter sweet race two for the team as Alex Hawley crossed the line in first for his first ever win in the class. This was a massive achievement for Alex and the team is incredible proud of this! Andrew Tierney also recorded his first ever podium finish. Unfortunately contact between Smith and Kaleb Ngatoa would rule Smith out of the rest of the day.
The final race of the weekend was a nail bitter as Crawley, Hawley and Ngatoa all had a shot of the win. After six intense laps it came down to the last metre of track as Ngatoa dragged Crawley to the line but was unable to get past the Sabre machine, giving Crawley his second win on debut. Alex Hawley backed up his win with another podium finish. Tierney finished fifth.
Of course, none of this would have been possible without the team stepping up to keep the team going and preparing and running the cars all weekend. Without Pete, Jonathan, Alistar and Sheridan we would not be celebrating this success, thanks heaps boys!
Dennis remains in a critical condition in hospital and his partner Cherie would like to thank everyone who has sent the best wishes for Dennis. We will post updates on his condition as they come to hand. #GetWellSoonDennis