The second meeting of the year, the Autumn Classic Race Meeting was held at Wanneroo on the 27th April, 2014. The weather was intermittent showers and moderate winds.
Sixteen IP cars fronted for the day, with Bryan Newell and Ed Resera fronting for the first time. They had mixed results with Ed retiring early with oil pressure problems and Bryan winning two of the three races.
Sixteen IP cars fronted for qualifying and for two it was over on the first lap. Ed Resera, fronting for the first time in his Commodore had oil pressure problems which were terminal and John Callegari had a tail shaft CV joint explode ending his qualifying after one lap.
Dion Panizza set the fastest time from Bryan Newell, in his first race meeting with his Datsun 1200, sporting a 1800cc turbocharged motor. He was 0.47 seconds behind, with Mark Ellis third in Over 2 litre.
Gavin Reynolds in the Under 2 litre Honda Civic was the fastest in that group with a time of 1:06:48 from Jamie McKinnell with a 1:07:41and Joseph Carrucan a further second behind to round out the class.
In the Under 1.6 litre class Geoff Duckworth led the way from Simon Morrison and Tim Riley. The Honda Civic of Duckworth, the Toyota Corolla of Riley and the Corolla KE10 of Morrison would have an intriguing duel throughout the meeting in a very tight tussle which will ensue for the season. Duckworth sported a time of 1:11:4, from Morrison with a 1:11:7 and Riley with a 1:12:0...not much in it. Reuben Romkes, in his first race drive, finished a creditable second ahead of Brad Wheeler
John Callegari got to the dummy grid as they rolled out but the car had suffered latent damage from the exploding CV joint in qualifying and had a catastrophic failure on the first lap ending his day.
Joseph Carrucan also pulled out with a mechanical issue and sadly for Bryan Newell he was excluded after the race for a ride height infringement.
In the Under 1.6 litre class, the tight battle between Tim Riley, Simon Morrison and Geoff Duckworth continued throughout with Riley finally prevailing from Duckworth and Morrison, in that order, by 0.34 seconds and 2.8 seconds respectively. Newcomer Reuben Romke finished his first race beating Brad Wheeler and the Street car of Kelvin Sharp home albeit one lap down.
In the Under 2 litre class Jamie McKinnell was strong in his Integra, clearly leading the way from Gavin Reynolds with the third car in that class, Carrucan's, pulling out.
McKinnell was 5.2 seconds in front of Reynolds at the end but the start of gearbox and other issues clouded the performance of the little Civic.
Dion Panizza and Mark Ellis had a very tight tussle up the front in the Over 2 litre class with Frank Panizza leading Wayne Chrystal and Jai Philp in the depleted class.
Dion Panizza finally prevailed by 1.3 seconds from Ellis with Frank Panizza rounding out the podium a further 6 seconds behind.
Gavin Reynolds and Jai Philp failed to finish with the Civic of Reynolds suffering gearbox and other issues ending his day and Philp with brake issues.
Bryan Newell was back in the running and when Dion Panizza slowed with a mechanical issue went to the from of the Over 2 litre class and wasn't headed. Although Frank panizza tried hard and kept applying pressure to the end, Newell drove a very good race and led Frank home by 3.2 seconds. Mark Ellis continued his good run of luck for a change but finished nearly 7 seconds further behind Panizza. Dion limped around the track down the back but managed to keep going and score vital points despite behing a lap down.
The battle between geoff Duckworth, Tim Riley and Simon Morrison continued in the Under 1.6 litre class but with Duckworth stamping his authority on the race with a commanding 14 second gap back to Riley with Morrison a further 1.4 seconds adrift. This was the biggest winning margin between the group this year.
Joseph Carrucan got back out for the race in the Under 2 litre class but was no match for the much improved Jamie McKinnell who was 30 seconds ahead and doing it easy.
Race 3 was a six lap sprint to finish the day, but it finished earlier than expected for Jai Philp who had a "head on" crash with Tim Riley at Kon's corner on lap 3. Riley ended up facing towards oncoming traffic and all managed to dodge him except for Philp who had his vision blocked by other cars until too late.
Dion Panizza got his car sorted and was back in the running in the Over 2 litre class but the Bryan newell Datsun turbo was just too good and as hard as Dion tried couldn't bridge the gap of 0.7 seconds at the end. Mark Ellis stayed out of trouble and finished third a further 9 seconds behind.
Jamie McKinnell went around by himself in his class after Joseph Carrucan didn't front, beating three of the bigger cars home. Simon Morrison missed all the trouble at Kon's corner and was a clear winner in the Under 1.6 litre class after Geoff Duckworth got caught up in the Riley - Philp incident. Reuben Romke also avoided the conflict and took out his first podium finish, finishing second behind Morrison and ahead of Duckworth and Riley, who got going again.