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  • 2017 Round 3 Preview – Winton Raceway

2017 Round 3 Preview – Winton Raceway

  • June 16th, 2017

A smaller field of drivers are getting some rest tonight in preparation for Round 3 of the 2017 944 Challenge with Qualifying and Round 1 tomorrow, followed by two further races on Sunday at Winton Motor Raceway.

Here is a quick preview of who to look out for..

#1 Cameron Beller – The Defending 944 Challenge Champion is fresh off of two wins and a third at Phillip Island, and will be looking for a solid weekend to try to increase his small points lead after two rounds..

#37 Chris Lewis-Williams – Chris finished Phillip Island with a strong win in Race 3 to put him right on Beller’s tail in the points battle, which he will be looking to shrink even further at his home (well… ‘work’ ) track…

#15 Vince Misuraca – Vince made a great start to his 2017 season with a victory in Race 1 at Sandown, but didnt quite have the pace of the two cars in front at Phillip Island. But Vince is renowned for his Winton speed…

#50 Tony Westaway – Tony was again consistent at Phillip Island, with two fifths and a sixth to show for it. He will be looking for some podiums at Winton if the cards fall his way and to move up to 4th in the points standings.

#74 Mark Taubitz – Mark will unfortunately miss the Saturday action at Winton, and will be starting rear of grid in Race 2 on Sunday morning. A good run in the final two races will make the one day trip worth coming up for!

#45 Michael Westaway – A last minute entry to the Round 3 field, Michael was originally unable to make the round, but has made sacrifices to attend and look to move into the top 5 in series points, at a track where […]

  • Round 2. Phillip Island – Race 3

Round 2. Phillip Island – Race 3

  • May 7th, 2017

The final race for the weekend was a 10 lap affair on Sunday afternoon, with reigning 2016 Champion Cameron Beller having his sights set on making it 3 wins from 3 races.

Beller made the best start from pole position as he attempted to repeat his race 1 performance, with Vince Misuraca again getting the jump on Chris Lewis-Williams to move up to second, with Lewis-Williams back to third.

Brad Winter tucked in for fourth again ahead of Tony Westaway in fifth, Robert Lange in sixth, then Michael Westaway in seventh and Dick Howe in eighth. Mark Taubitz was up to ninth after a good start, ahead of Jim Gallagher, who didn’t get a good start dropping down to tenth position. Ben Raphael was into eleventh ahead of Marius Catrina who also got a bad start and dropped back to twelfth with Rob Holding, Lyndon Watson, Jim Mitchell and John Vainoras in sixteenth position rounding out the field.

Unfortunately missing was Peter Doherty, with his car again suffering from the starting issues on pre grid as in Race 2, although this time was unable to make the race start at all.

Lewis-Williams was shadowing Misuraca on lap one looking for a way past before Beller could pull out a gap, and he again made his move under brakes for MG corner on lap 1 to move back into second position.

On the exit of MG corner, Howe’s car went around in a cloud of tyre smoke as he attempted to keep the car facing the right way, but it went around dropping him back to last position. Following behind, Taubitz was slightly baulked and made a small mistake, allowing Gallagher to pass entering the final corner to move into eighth position.

Robert Lange moved into fifth position around Tony Westaway to start lap 2, as […]

  • Round 2. Phillip Island – Race 2

Round 2. Phillip Island – Race 2

  • May 7th, 2017

The rain clouds stayed away on Sunday morning as the field prepared for a quick six lap blast that was Race 2 of the second round of the 944 Challenge at Phillip Island.

Cameron Beller was again quickest off the start and led into turn 1, with Vince Misuraca running in his tyre tracks with a great start to follow him into Turn 1. Brad Winter also got a good start and was third, ahead of Chris Lewis-Williams who didn’t get a good start, and dropped back to fourth place.

Robert Lange was next ahead of the inseparable Westaway brothers, with Michael this time getting the better start and leading Tony through turn 1. Ken Rowland followed in eighth position, ahead of Pedr James in ninth, and Mark Taubitz in tenth after completely missing the start and lucky not to drop further back.

Jim Gallagher was next ahead of a fast starting Ben Raphael, with Rob Holding behind him. Marius Catrina remained in fourteenth with Dick Howe in fifteenth after his rear of grid start. Peter Doherty was in sixteenth after being forced to start off the rear and had Lyndon Watson behind him in seventeenth position with Jim Mitchell and John Vainoras behind them.

Gallagher locked a brake into Honda corner and lost two spots to Raphael who moved up to eleventh, and Holding up to twelfth while Lewis-Williams moved back up to third position with a pass on Winter under brakes into MG corner.

At the front of the field, the positions were status quo as Beller was able to slowly increase his gap to Misuraca and Lewis-Williams while Winter also just slipped off the tail of the top 3. Meanwhile, all of the position changes were happening in the second half of the field!

Gallagher was able to get back to twelfth […]

  • Round 2. Phillip Island – Race 1

Round 2. Phillip Island – Race 1

  • May 6th, 2017

With so little separating the front row protagonists in qualifying for Round 2, a lot would depend on who could get the best start on the way to Turn 1 for Race 1. Off the line it was Cameron Beller who prevailed after he and Chris Lewis-Williams ran side by side through turns 1 & 2, with Vince Misuraca following them through in third position.

The following quartet of Brad Winter, Robert Lange, Tony Westaway and Dick Howe all maintained their grid position off the start, with Mark Taubitz getting a good start from tenth on the grid to jump up to eighth position ahead of Michael Westaway and Pedr James in tenth.

Ken Rowland was next from Jim Gallagher, Peter Doherty, Rob Holding, Lyndon Watson, Marius Catrina, Ben Raphael, Jim Mitchell and John Vainoras as the field exited Southern Loop for the first time.

Howe made a move to the inside of Westaway under brakes into Honda for the first time, and the two ran side-by-side from Honda all the way through to Hayshed before Howe was able to take command of sixth position.

Behind them, James held on to the outside of Southern Loop alongside Michael Westaway and used the momentum to clear him on the run to Honda, towing Jim Gallagher along behind him, moving up to tenth position relegating Westaway to eleventh ahead of Rowland, Doherty, Holding and then Catrina ahead of Watson, after they swapped position on the run out of Southern Loop.

Gallagher moved up to ninth with a strong move under brakes into MG, moving underneath James which sent him back to tenth. It wasn’t over by a long shot though as James and Westaway moved either side of Gallagher on the run down the front straight into turn 1, though Gallagher held strong to maintain ninth […]

  • Round 2. Phillip Island – Qualifying

Round 2. Phillip Island – Qualifying

  • May 6th, 2017

Saturday morning saw 19 Porsche 944s line up for qualifying for Round 2 of the 944 Challenge for 2017.

Fast man out of the gate was Chris Lewis-Williams, the only man to go under 1 minute 50 on the first flying lap with a 1:49.9033 to be fastest, ahead of Robert Lange with a 1:50.4577 to be second quickest ahead of Vince Misuraca (1:51.0712) Brad Winter (1:52.3091) and Cameron Beller (1:52.4138)

The Westaways were the next in line, Tony (1:53.1991) ahead of Michael (1:53.3738) with Mark Taubitz in 8th on a 1:53.7024 from Jim Gallagher’s 1:54.7074 and Pedr James with 1:54.9972 to be tenth after the first lap.

Dick Howe was next after recording a 1:55.2048 ahead of Ken Rowland’s 1:55.5212 with Rob Holding next in his first Phillip Island qualifying on a 1:56.9835, in front of Marius Catrina in fourteenth with a 1:57.2321.

Lyndon Watson was fifteenth in his first 944 qualifying session with a 2:00.2051, and was followed by Ben Raphael (2:01.0337) Peter Doherty (2:02.3976) and John Vainoras eighteenth quickest with a 2:10.6052 as he started his first Phillip Island race weekend.

Pulling off on his out lap was Jim Mitchell, after a troublesome Friday practice which resulted in some open heart surgery on the 944 powerplant, the car came to a halt exiting Siberia on his out lap. Fortunately for Jim, a badly connected lead was the culprit and he would be running again quickly, though not able to record a time and would start from the rear of the grid.

Lewis-Williams went quicker on the next lap to 1:49.0684 as Beller moved into second quickest with a 1:49.6944 ahead of Lange who was now on a 1:49.9996. Winter lowered his time to a 1:50.5218 to remain fourth fastest ahead of Misuraca now down to fifth after improving by four thousandths of […]



2017 944 Series

Pointscore

Driver
Cameron Beller151
Chris Lewis-Williams145
Vince Misuraca139
Brad Winter134
Tony Westaway121
Robert Lange115
Mark Taubitz98
Michael Westaway90
James Gallagher85
Richard Howe76
Marius Catrina65
Peter Doherty63
Ben Raphael62
Rob Holding62
Ken Rowland60
James Mitchell59
Pedr James56
Paul Crocitti51
John Vainoras47
Lyndon Watson41
Ross Millar39
Keith Marriner27
Andrew Jackman0

*Pointscore calculated with worst dropped round removed from total.

2017 Vic State Championship

Pointscore

DriverTotal
Cameron Beller190
Chris Lewis-Williams186
Vince Misuraca167
Brad Winter160
Tony Westaway129
Robert Lange120
Michael Westaway86
Mark Taubitz82
Richard Howe74
James Gallagher72
Paul Crocitti44
Ken Rowland43
Marius Catrina41
Pedr James39
Peter Doherty38
Rob Holding35
Ben Raphael34
Lyndon Watson30
Jim Mitchell29
Ross Millar26
John Vainoras17
Keith Marriner12
Paul Greer0
Andrew Jackman0

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