The third meeting at Barbagallo was held on Saturday, 7th June, and saw one of the biggest fields for some time. Of 18 starters for qualifying, 15 lasted for the last race and it was good to see the attrition rate down at last, apart from the unfortunates from earlier in the day.
Qualifying saw 18 cars on the track with Matt Cherry dominating with a very good time of 62.79 seconds on a very slippery track.
Dion Panizza followed in the Over 2 litre class, with Dion edging out Bryan Newell by 0.18 of a second for P2 and P3 respectively.
Jamie McKinnell was the top gun in Under 2 litreswith a 65.7 second lap, a mile in front of Don Simpson, driving Geoff Duckworth's Mirage, whose best time was a 73.3.
It was tight again in the Under 1.6litre class with Geoff Duckworth getting the gun 0.11 seconds ahead of Tim Riley, with the third main player, Scott Morrison a further 1.1 seconds slower.
Mark Ellis had a horror start for the day when he and his tailshaft parted company on top of the hill between Kon's and Turn 7, which made it interesting with those following having to dodge a tailshaft and pinion yoke just over the crest and in the middle of the track.
Despite his fastest time in the Under 2 litre class, McKinnell was doomed not to start with a total clutch failure putting him out for the day.
As expected, the Starlet of Matt Cherry flew and dominated the race from the start. Even though he backed off with overheating problems he still took out the race overall and in the Over 2 litre class by 3.5 seconds from Dion Panizza and Frank Panizza a further 1.8 seconds behind Dion taking out 3rd position.
The VN Commodore of John Callegari stopped on the 7th lap as he was closing on the Panizza's and he failed to finish, even though the car was fast and handling well as a result of the recent suspension modifications. Reuben Romkes, in the Ferral Duck Monaro, was having a good first up race in the car but succumbed to a bit of extra power when he spun out on turn 4 and pulled out fearing damage.
Ed Resera was again having issues with oil pressure and engine breathing problems and pulled out when his catch can let him know it was full.
Don Simpson went around by himself in the Under 2 litre class, with Jamie McKinnell's car already on the trailer, with Don enjoying the change up to the bigger car.
The Under 1.6 litre group again showed some tight racing, even though Simon Morrison fell away a bit at the end. Geoff Duckworth and Tim Riley had a very tight, but clean, tussle for the whole race with Duckworth taking the flag by half a car length from Riley, who got a real good drive out of turn 7 on the last lap to fail by 0.11 of a second, with Morrison 7 seconds back after some problems.
The 12 lap second race saw the smaller capacity cars lead off but it wasn't long before the Starlet was in front and going away. But it was short lived when overheating issues forced it out after completing 4 laps. John Callegari, starting from 16th and the rear of grid moved up to 3rd by lap 7 but the car stopped again on lap 7 and finished his race, same issue, same frustration.
Reuben Romkes also pulled out when the Monaro spat the drive belt and the resulting damage kept him out for the rest of the day.
Eddy Resera had the recurring problem of oil associated problems also ruin his race and rest of the day.
Geoff Duckworth and Simon Morrison again had a great race with Tim Riley this time falling off the pace. Duckworth took out the class by 2.2 seconds and Riley brought up the rear of the three main contenders some 23 seconds adrift. Sean Ferral in the Mirage, tonked along at a leisurely pace and came home a lap behind.
Not much to say about Don Simpson having his own race, other than he was enjoying himself and enjoing the scenery.
The little Datsun of Bryan Newell took over the role of front runner from the Cherry Starlet and the very fast little car led the bigger engined cars of the Panizza's, Terry Mason and Mike Miller to take out the class by 5.3 seconds from Frank Panizza, who has been settling into consistent races of late, with Terry Mason finding some form and finishing third.
Race 3 saw 15 starters for the 6 lap sprint, the biggest field for a final race for some time.
No surprise that Cherry got away again in his Starlet but again experienced issues and was slowing from lap 3.
John Callegari, again starting from the rear of grid, charged into second place behind Frank Panizza as Cherry slowed, with Geoff Duckworth, Tim Riley and Scott Morrison again hard at it in the Under 1.6 litre class.
This group again showed there is very little between the three front runners and in the course of the year the lead has been swapped between them for all of their races. It was Duckworth's time to shine and he led Riley home by 1.7 seconds with Morrison0.16 seconds further adrift. Very good racing guys.
Don Simpson was still gathering points by himself in the Under 2 litre class and enjoying the day.
Bryan Newell took up the running in the Over 2 litre class but overcooked it into Kon's and spun out. While trying to get going again he ended up bogged and that was that.
There was more drama to come when Callegari, having come from 15th to second and a few seconds behind Frank Panizza, rounded Turn 7 on the last lap, looking for a well earned 2nd, when the motor cut out again for the third time in 3 races. Frustratingly, and luckily, he had enough momentum and rolled to the finish line in neutral at about 10kph as Terry Mason flashed past and took 2nd spot by 9/100th of a second, with Wayne Chrystal just failing to catch him by .5 second.
Honours for the day went to Frank Panizza for a very consistent effort from Terry Mason and Dion Panizza in the O2L class. Geoff Duckworth took out the U1.6L class from Tim Riley and Scott Morrison, and Don Simpson picked up 75 points for the U2L class.