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  • 2017 Round 4 Preview – Sandown Raceway

2017 Round 4 Preview – Sandown Raceway

  • July 19th, 2017

The fourth round of the 2017 944 Challenge is looming, and a field of 17 drivers are getting prepared for a big weekend of action at Sandown Raceway this weekend.

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

#1 Cameron Beller – A clean sweep for Beller at Winton marks him as the favourite for this weekend at Sandown, but Sandown is a very different circuit to Winton – he might not have things all his own way this time around..

#15 Vince Misuraca – A great points haul for Vince at Winton, though was unable to break through on Bellers’ dominant performance at the last round. He will have his eyes set on turning that around at Sandown!

#50 Tony Westaway – Another great solid points weekend with a hat trick of podiums sees Tony third outright in the points. Can he move up another step or two on the podium this weekend??

#45 Michael Westaway – Michael was a last minute entry to the Winton field, something he no doubt was glad for as a trio of fourth place finishes proved to be a worthy exercise! Now into fourth outright in the series pointscore, Michael will need more strong results this weekend to maintain that position and challenge the top 3!

#37 Chris Lewis-Williams – Disaster for Lewis-Williams with an engine letting go before completing one racing lap, has put him virtually out of contention for the State Series Title for 2017, unless some drama affects those ahead of him in the points. He will need a strong showing at each remaining round for the year  to be able to drop the Winton round from the pointscore to put him back in the running for the 944 Title for 2017.

#74 Mark Taubitz – Mark missed race 1 at Winton, but […]

  • Round 3. Winton – Race 3

Round 3. Winton – Race 3

  • June 18th, 2017

A lovely Winter sunshine greeted the field as they lined up for the final race of Round 3 of the 2017 944 Challenge, after a delay for a clean up through turns one and two after a car from the previous race broke a rear end as they crossed the finish line! This meant that the race line through one and two was still extremely slippery as the field found out on the warmup lap.

At the start it was Cameron Beller who again won the start and led the field through the quickdry mix lining the first corner complex, followed by Vince Misuraca, the Westaway brothers Tony and Michael and Mark Taubitz in fifth position.

Lyndon Watson followed through in sixth position followed by Keith Marriner, Sam Rofe, Pedr James, Dick Howe, Jim Mitchell, John Vainoras, with Codey West dropping to the rear after missing the start.

The field tippy-toed through turns 1 and 2 fine,  before it went wrong for Howe and James as the two were side by side through turn 3. The cars slid through the slippery surface, which resulted in Howe being forced off into the weeds on the exit of the corner, resuming in last place.

West and Howe moved quickly back up to tenth and eleventh positions on the next lap disposing of Vainoras and then Mitchell on Lap 2 as the remainder of the field settled into a rhythm for the 10 laps.

Howe continued moving up the field and benefitted from a coming together between West and James as the pair exited Turn 7 which caused James to spin, moving Howe up to ninth, with West remaining tenth ahead of James who dropped to eleventh by the time he resumed.

Howe continued to surge forward moving up to seventh the following lap passing Rofe and then Marriner, […]

  • Round 3. Winton – Race 2

Round 3. Winton – Race 2

  • June 18th, 2017

A very frosty and chilly Winters morning at Winton as the 944 Challenge field prepared for the second race of Round 3 on Sunday morning saw the teams and drivers thawing out their race cars prior to their 9:10 race start for a 7 lap hitout.

A victim of the cold weather was Dick Howe – who actually overheated his car (!) in preparation for the race prior to pre-grid and would watch from the sidelines. Chris Lewis-Williams was also out for the weekend after his Race 1 engine drama, though making the trip up to Winton to start Race 2 from the rear of the grid was Mark Taubitz after missing out on Saturdays action.

Cameron Beller was able to get the jump on Vince Misuraca at the start and lead into Turn 1 from Tony and Michael Westaway behind in fourth and fifth positions. Lyndon Watson got the jump into fifth position ahead of Codey West, with Sam Rofe behind in seventh. Moving up to eighth position from the back of the grid was Mark Taubitz with a great start, with Keith Marriner in behind ahead of Jim Mitchell and John Vainoras. Not going more than a few metres from the start line was the luckless Pedr James, while this time he was at least able to take the starters orders, a driveshaft failure meant he rolled to a stop at pit exit.

The midfield battle was where the closest battle was and Sam Rofe provided the first bout of excitement as he locked a brake entering turn 11 for the first time, spinning to the apex of the corner and forcing the following cars of Taubitz, Marriner, Mitchell and Vainoras to take the long way around as he recovered in eleventh and last position.

West was looking for a way past Watson for fifth position, while Taubitz quickly […]

  • Round 3. Winton – Race 1

Round 3. Winton – Race 1

  • June 17th, 2017

As the cars gridded up for Race 1 on Saturday afternoon, the field was reduced down to 12 as Pedr James​ encountered issues with the ECU in his car and he stopped out on track as the rest of the field completed their warm-up lap – gut wrenching after securing his highest qualifying position of his career.

When the lights went out it was Cameron Beller who got the best start as he led into the first corner, ahead of Vince Misuraca in second position with Chris Lewis-Williams in third place.

Tony Westaway slotted into fourth from Dick Howe in fifth, Michael Westaway in sixth and Lyndon Watson in seventh.

Codey West dropped down to eighth from his second row start position, ahead of Sam Rofe and Keith Marriner rounding out the top ten, in front of Jim Mitchell and John Vainoras.

As the field came to the end of the first lap, disaster struck for Lewis-Williams, with a major engine failure ending his race, and his weekend prematurely. With the points so close this would put a major dent in his State Series Title aspirations for this season.

Howe unfortunately also stopped on lap 2 as the third retirement from the race, allowing Michael Westaway up to fourth, ahead of West, who also overtook Watson to move into fifth position, with Watson sixth, then Rofe, Marriner, Vainoras and Mitchell – who would also retire on the next lap with some gearshift issues.

The remainder of the race was a relatively straight forward affair, as Beller was able to hold the lead for the duration of the eight laps to record his fifth win of the season, ahead of Vince Misuraca, who was able to take some consolation in securing the Lap record as he ran a 1:33.9848 on the fifth lap to take the lap record away from Beller.

Unable to keep up with the top two was […]

  • Round 3. Winton – Qualifying

Round 3. Winton – Qualifying

  • June 17th, 2017

A smaller entry field for Round 3 of the State Race Series with 14 cars entering for the weekend held under some very chilly, but clear skies – although only 13 cars would hit the track for qualifying early on Saturday morning:

In the pit paddock, but with no driver to be seen was the #74 Zantek car of Mark Taubitz – work commitments keeping him away from the circuit on Saturday, but he would make his way to the circuit on Sunday to line up from the back of the grid for Race 2.

Chris Lewis-Williams topped the time sheets as the first competitive laps were run with his 1:34.8293 edging out Cameron Bellers’ 1:35.0494 and Vince Misuraca in third with a 1:36.6437.

Debutante Codey West was an impressive fourth fastest with a 1:37.0399 ahead of Tony Westaway with a 1:38.9010, with Dick Howe sixth on a 1:39.9971.

Sam Rofe returned to the track for the first time in 18 months and was seventh quickest after his first lap, his 1:41.2786 edging out eighth fastest Pedr James with a 1:41.6161, and Michael Westaway ninth with a 1:42.3007

Tenth was Jim Mitchell with a 1:44.2406, just ahead of Keith Marriner in eleventh with a 1:44.3324. John Vainoras was twelfth with a 1:48.3947 with Lyndon Watson last with a 1:51.4660.

Beller moved to the top of the order on his second lap with a blistering 1:33.9777, dropping Lewis-Williams to second as he ran a 1:34.6199, while Misuraca improved to a 1:35.6636.

Tony Westaway improved to a 1:37.4348 but stayed fifth behind West, as Howe also stayed sixth despite his improvement with a 1:38.5776. Michael Westaway moved up to seventh with a 1:39.5082 ahead of Rofe and James, while Marriner moved to tenth with a 1:42.4199, just ahead of Mitchell now on a 1:43.0596 in eleventh.

Vainoras and Watson […]



2017 944 Series

Pointscore

Driver
Cameron Beller229
Chris Lewis-Williams220
Vince Misuraca214
Tony Westaway193
Michael Westaway162
Lyndon Watson158
Brad Winter156
Mark Taubitz140
James Gallagher120
John Vainoras117
Rob Holding117
Robert Lange115
Codey West113
Richard Howe96
James Mitchell89
Paul Crocitti83
Keith Marriner81
Pedr James71
Marius Catrina65
Peter Doherty63
Ben Raphael62
Ken Rowland60
Sam Rofe52
Andrew Jackman48
Ross Millar39
Paul Greer0

*Pointscore calculated with worst dropped round removed from total.

2017 Vic State Championship

Pointscore

DriverTotal
Cameron Beller382
Vince Misuraca347
Chris Lewis-Williams282
Tony Westaway281
Michael Westaway202
Brad Winter184
Lyndon Watson151
Mark Taubitz130
Robert Lange120
Codey West110
James Gallagher104
Rob Holding87
John Vainoras77
Paul Crocitti70
Richard Howe69
Jim Mitchell63
Keith Marriner32
Pedr James51
Sam Rofe46
Ken Rowland43
Marius Catrina41
Andrew Jackman39
Peter Doherty38
Ben Raphael34
Ross Millar26
Paul Greer0

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