News from 2017 relating to the 944 Challenge Series.

Round 1. Sandown – Race 2

The forecast for Sunday morning was for overcast but dry conditions, however to throw a curveball to the drivers there was some rain amongst the clouds, wetting the track a bit before the race. Although dry for the last 40 minutes or so before the race was due to commence, the rain started again as the field made its way around on the warm up lap, which would cause some drivers to groan in frustration, and others to grin with happiness.

As the lights went out the front row starters of Vince Misuraca and Cameron Beller slithered away from the startline but would both be overtaken before the first corner by the second row, with Brad Winter leading into turn 1 from fourth on the grid, with Chris Lewis-Williams up to second ahead of Beller in third with Misuraca dropping back to fourth.

Those that started on the outside line all seemed to get the traction advantage as Tony Westaway moved past Dick Howe into fifth, and Paul Crocitti moved into seventh behind Howe, and ahead of Mark Taubitz.

Getting a brilliant start was Robert Lange, and from his thirteenth position on the grid he was ninth going into the first corner, ahead of Jim Gallagher, Ken Rowland, Pedr James, Ross Millar, Jim Mitchell and Paul Greer who also made a fantastic start from 22nd on the grid up to fifteenth into turn 1. Following through was Peter Doherty, Michael Westaway, Marius Catrina, Rob Holding, Keith Marriner, Ben Raphael & John Vainoras.

There was all sorts of action in the mid pack as the field tippy-toed to turn 2, as James pulled clear of Rowland, and Millar then made a move to also pass Rowland under brakes for turn 2. Greer outrun Mitchell to turn 2 and followed Millar through past Rowland and then lunged underneath Millar himself to move up to twelfth, Greer gaining 10 spots in four corners!

A big slide from Howe coming out of turn 4 showed how greasy the track was, as Lange got a great run out of the corner and moved past Taubitz down the back straight and also moved inside Crocitti under brakes for the esses, moving him into seventh position.

Millar was struggling with wrong tyre pressures on the slippery track and was overtaken down the back straight by Rowland, Mitchell and Michael Westaway which dropped him back to sixteenth position ahead of Doherty and Catrina.

Into Dandenong Road corner Beller made a move on Lewis-Williams as the two cars went side-by-side through the corner with Beller prevailing as the field came to the last two corners for the first time.

Greer continued his charge with supreme confidence in the slippery conditions and passed James under brakes for Dandenong Road corner.

The last couple of corners were proving to be the most treacherous, as a number of cars had a moment as they tried to feed the power on for the run down the front straight – Taubitz having a big slide which he was able to recover, but allowed Gallagher to breeze past him down the straight. A slide on corner exit also for Greer, but the biggest casualty was Jim Mitchell, who unfortunately spun out of what was a strong fourteenth place, and dropped him to the back of the pack.

Howe made a move back into the top 5 when he passed Tony Westaway under brakes for turn 1 to commence lap 2, while Greer moved into the top ten as he passed Taubitz entering into turn 2 to start the second lap. Behind them, Rowland pulled alongside James under brakes for turn 1, ultimately prevailing to take twelfth position as the two drove side by side through turns 1 and 2.

As the sprinkles from above eased, Beller made his move into the lead, passing Winter with Lewis-Williams making his way into second also, while Catrina passed Doherty for sixteenth position, and Mitchell commenced his move back up through the field when he passed Vainoras.

Beller began stretching his legs and pulled a margin out over Lewis-Williams, who also began pulling out from Winter, who had Misuraca hot on his heels. There was a gap back to the next three cars of Howe, Westaway and Lange, with another gap to Crocitti, Gallagher, Greer, Taubitz, Rowland and James with Westaway just a bit behind. Catrina made a move on Millar for fifteenth place behind them under brakes for turn 1 to commence lap 3.

Down the back straight the party was unfortunately over for Paul Greer as the car slowed, and he would not cross the line to finish lap 3, while Gallagher made his way past Crocitti into eighth place at the end of the back straight.

The lap times continued to drop as the track dried out and those who were struggling in the greasy conditions started to become more comfortable as Mitchell passed Raphael for nineteenth position as he was running strong lap times on his recovery drive.

Lange moved his way into sixth position on lap 6 with a move on Tony Westaway, while James passed Rowland at the end of the back straight to move back into eleventh place. Doherty also passed Millar under brakes for turn 1 to move into fifteenth position, and Mitchell moved past Marriner for eighteenth place.

Beller was comfortable up from and set a fastest lap of the race, a second quicker than that of the fastest of his closest rival on his way to a 8.5 second victory over Chris Lewis-Williams, who himself was 7 seconds ahead of the close battle for third between Winter and Misuraca.

Five seconds further back was the battle for fifth with Howe holding out Lange and Tony Westaway, the three covered by less than a second. Another 7 seconds back in eighth position was Jim Gallagher who had a lonely race once he passed Crocitti for position.

Ten seconds back was Crocitti who fell into the clutches of Taubitz at the end of the race but was able to hold on to finish ninth with Taubitz crossing the line 0.4 of a second behind him, with James and Rowland both also crossing the line right on each others bumper in eleventh and twelfth.

A couple of seconds behind the battle for 9th – 12th was Michael Westaway in thirteenth, with Marius Catrina 3/4 of a second behind him in fourteenth position.

Fifteenth across the line was Peter Doherty, a few seconds ahead of the battle for sixteenth between Millar, Mitchell and Holding. Mitchell was able to move past Holding on the last lap for seventeenth but ran out of time to pass Millar, as the three crossed the line separated by 3/4 of a second.

Keith Marriner was nineteenth, ahead of Ben Raphael and John Vainoras to round out the finishers, with Paul Greer sadly not finishing after his great start to the race. A fantastic effort by all drivers in the tricky conditions to have no major mishaps or DNF’s due to driving error!

With two winners from two races, there was no expectation of any rain before the final race at 1:35, would Misuraca be able to retaliate and take the final race win from Beller in the dry conditions, or could Lewis-Williams, Winter, Lange, Howe, Westaway or others mount a challenge to make it three different winners for the round?

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Round 1. Sandown – Race 1

The first race for 2017 was eagerly anticipated, and with 22 cars lining up on the grid an exciting 10 laps was assured, with plenty of close dicing and changing of positions.

It was an even jump off the line from the front runners as they raced towards the first corner when the lights went out. Robert Lange was able to hold onto the lead through turn 1 with Cameron Beller slotting in behind. and keeping ahead of Vince Misuraca who maintained third position with Chris Lewis-Williams behind them.

Tony Westaway got a good jump and slotted into fifth with Brad Winter behind him with a couple of fast starting Pauls behind them, Paul Crocitti into seventh and Paul Greer into eighth.

Not getting a good start was Mark Taubitz, who dropped back to ninth from his fifth position start, with Ken Rowland behind alongside Dick Howe as they went through the first few corners. Pedr James was twelfth ahead of Jim Gallagher who recovered from a poor getaway to be thirteenth, with Ross Millar who also got a good start in fourteenth.

Peter Doherty was into fifteenth ahead of Marius Catrina who got a poor start and dropped to sixteenth. They were followed by Mitchell, Holding, Westaway, Marriner, Raphael and Vainoras.

The top 4 runners pulled a slight gap on the next pack of 5 cars, while there was a scrap over tenth position between Howe & Rowland, which Howe was able to win as they exited turn 4 for the run up the back straight. This caused Rowland to drop behind James & Gallagher with a compromised run down the back straight and just held Millar at bay as they reached the esses at the end of the back straight. Meanwhile, Michael Westaway managed to move himself into seventeenth by the end of the lap, passing Mitchell and Holding.

Across the line for the first time the order was Lange, Beller, Misuraca, Lewis-Williams, T Westaway, Winter, Crocitti, Greer, Taubitz and Howe as the top 10. Under brakes into turn 1, Winter pulled alongside Westaway and took the fifth position, while Taubitz got a run alongside Greer and also finalised the move under brakes into turn 1, and took the eighth position.

The race was shaken up when on the exit of turn 4 Robert Lange climbed over the kerb on the exit and his car spun around back across the track. The cars behind took evasive action, however Beller was hit in the right side door as Langes car looped around, although Beller was able to continue on in the lead. No such luck for Lange however, who dropped back to last place before he was back up to speed.

On lap 3 Taubitz made another position under brakes into turn 1, passing Crocitti to move into what was now 6th position after Lange’s spin, meanwhile Paul Greer unfortunately retired from eighth position immediately after. Lange meanwhile moved up to twentieth position by the end of the lap as he passed Vainoras.

The battle amongst the top 3 was fierce with Beller holding onto the lead, while the following cars of Winter, Westaway, Taubitz & Crocitti found some space between them, while Howe started catching them all – his new car running very well around the Sandown venue, and he caught and passed Crocitti down the back straight on lap 4.

A little further back in the pack, Catrina passed Doherty to move into the 13th position, while Lange moved past Raphael, and then Marriner as he continued his recovery drive, and then passed Holding and Mitchell the lap later, with Holding also passing Mitchell on that lap.

Michael Westaway also moved past Doherty on lap 6, while Holding slipped back two positions to 19th, back behind Mitchell as well as Marriner. The following lap, Howe moved past Taubitz under brakes into turn 1 and set off after Westaway.

Up front, and Misuraca made his move, passing Beller into turn 1 to take the race lead, with Beller relegated back to second ahead of Lewis-Williams. Michael Westaway and Lange were also moving further forward with Westaway passing Catrina for thirteenth, with Lange moving past Catrina as well as Doherty to move into fourteenth position.

It all turned to tears for Westaway the following lap however, as he spun off under brakes for Dandenong Road corner into the gravel trap, with him unable to extract the car to finish the race. This moved Lange up to thirteenth, with Catrina and Doherty behind him.

The battle for the lead was close, but neither of the drivers were able to make a change for position and Misuraca would win the first race for 2017, narrowly ahead of Beller and Lewis-Williams. Winter was in fourth, with Howe finishing fifth after catching Westaway and making a pass under brakes into turn 1 for the last time.

Tony Westaway narrowly held onto sixth position with Taubitz hot on his heels at the end, with a gap back to an exciting tussle for eighth between Crocitti, James and Gallagher, all three crossing the finish line within 0.8 of a second.

Eleventh was Ken Rowland, just ahead of Ross Millar and the recovering Robert Lange in thirteenth, with a small gap back to Catrina and Doherty.

Sixteenth in his first race in the 944 challenge was Jim Mitchell, with Marriner and Holding crossing the line less than half a second off his rear bumper, with Raphael just behind them in nineteenth, with John Vainoras being the final finisher.

Two DNF’s were Michael Westaway who was in the gravel, and Paul Greer who was using the weekend as a test session to try to solve the gremlins in his car.

Race 2 was to be held at 9:50 Sunday morning, could Vince repeat his Round 1 performance of 2016 and make it a hat trick?

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Round 1. Sandown – Qualifying

A strong 23 entries for Round  1 of the 2017 944 Challenge was reduced to 22 by the time Qualifying commenced on Saturday morning, with the withdrawal of Andrew Jackman after a mishap during Friday’s practice session ruling him out for the weekend.

As the field circulated and posted their first flying laps, Robert Lange appeared at the top of the sheets with a 1:26.0909, ahead of Vince Misuraca with a 1:26.4783, and Chris Lewis-Williams with a 1:26.5184. There was a gap following the first trio as the rest of the field found space on the track to run their fast laps, with Beller recording a 1:27.7005 on his first lap ahead of Winter, 5th fastest with a 1:28.2495.

Sixth fastest after lap 1 was Dick Howe a 1:28.4384, though unfortunately this was Dick’s only flying lap as the car came to a halt on the side of the track. Seventh on his first flying lap was Ross Millar, recording a quick 1:28.9619, just ahead of Mark Taubitz’s 1:29.1900, and Pedr James and Paul Crocitti rounding out the top ten with 1:29.2464 & 1:29.2944 laps respectively.

Eleventh was Paul Greer with a 1:29.5582, just ahead of Jim Gallagher on a 1:29.6927 lap, with Marius Catrina, Tony Westaway and Peter Doherty next in line with laps of 1:30.5021, 1:31.4160 & 1:31.8077.

Ken Rowland was sixteenth after his first lap with 1:32.4991 just ahead of Jim Mitchell with 1:32.5877, Michael Westaway on 1:32.6962, Keith Marriner with 1:32.9450 and Rob Holding twentieth with a 1:33.1980. Ben Raphael was next on 1:37.0013 just ahead of John Vainoras’ 1:37.6546.

Lange was the first man into the 25’s the following lap with a 1:25.3717, with Lewis-Williams up to second with a 1:26.1946, with Beller closing the gap to the top 3 with a 1:26.5571.

Taubitz moved up to fifth with a 1:27.0876, ahead of Winter who went quicker with a 1:27.6375. Crocitti moved up to seventh with a 1:27.9272 just ahead of Tony Westaway on 1:28.0569. Howe was pushed back to ninth with James now tenth, going half a second quicker to record a 1:28.7095.

Gallagher moved to eleventh fastest with a 1:28.7656, pushing Millar back to twelfth ahead of Rowland moving to thirteenth with a 1:29.4898 with Greer back to fourteenth.

Doherty dipped under the 1 minute 30’s with a 1:29.9426, with Catrina back to sixteenth on a 1:30.3625. Holding moved up to seventeenth with a 1:30.5376 in front of Michael Westaway on a 1:30.8304. This would be the end of Michael’s session however, as a suspension failure the following lap put him out early without being able to set a time representative of his speed.

Mitchell ran a 1:31.3925 to move to nineteenth, ahead of Marriner, going slightly quicker with a 1:32.8597, Raphael with 1:33.2589 and Vainoras recording a 1:35.4340.

Lange continued to lower the benchmark at the front, now dropping to a 1:25.0261 on his third lap, as Beller moved up to second fastest with a 1:25.5414. Misuraca also moved into the 25’s with a 1:25.6227 to remain third fastest, as did Mark Taubitz, moving into fourth with a 1:25.9916, displacing Chris Lewis-Williams back to fifth fastest.

Winter lowered his fastest time to 1:27.2565, though was a second behind fifth fastest Lewis-Williams at this stage. Crocitti shaved another tenth of a second from his fastest time with a 1:27.8558, while Jim Gallagher jumped up to eighth with a 1:27.9673. Tony Westaway also scraped half a tenth of a second from his time with a 1:28.0006, as Rowland moved up to tenth with a 1:28.1301 which displaced Howe back to eleventh fastest.

Catrina moved up to twelfth with a 1:28.6240, half a tenth faster than Millar in thirteenth with a 1:28.6776, pushing James to fourteenth ahead of Greer who gained a quarter of a second with a 1:29.2920.

Sixteenth was now Doherty who went half a second quicker with a 1:29.4206 ahead of Holding who was right behind now with a 1:29.4861. Marriner lowered his fastest time by over 1.5 seconds with a 1:31.1881 to move to nineteenth behind Westaway, and just ahead of Mitchell with a 1:31.2375 and Raphael who found another second to lower his delta time to 1:32.1691.

Misuraca improved on his fastest time the next lap. and moves back ahead of Beller into second as a result with a 1:25.5157. Winter improved his time to a 1:27.0822, ahead of Paul Greer who ran a fantastic 1:27.3565 to put himself seventh before pulling off track for the remainder of the session. Crocitti improved slightly again to a 1:27.7370 ahead of Rowland and Tony Westaway, both into the 27’s with 1:27.8658 & 1:27.9227 times respectively.

Catrina again improved, this time by a couple of tenths of a second to a 1:28.3952, as Rob Holding also got into the 28’s with a 1:28.9700, which would be his fastest time for the session.  Jim Mitchell also improved with a 1:30.8843 moving him back ahead of Marriner in nineteenth, as Vainoras also improved with a 1:34.6911.

The next lap around and Robert Lange cemented his position at the top of the timesheets as he improved by another half a second with a blistering 1:24.5600 lap, and then decided he either wasn’t going to, or needed to improve on that and parked the #6 944 for the remainder of the session. Chris Lewis-Williams also moved into the 25’s, and jumped ahead of Taubitz with a 1:25.9625 lap.

Tony Westaway moved up to seventh position as he shaved three quarters of a second from his previous best with a 1:27.2669. Crocitti also improved slightly again with a 1:26.6979 as Gallagher also improved again to move up to tenth, back ahead of Rowland with a 1:27.7361.

James improved by over half a second to move to twelfth fastest with a 1:28.0928, as Doherty also improved his time, but not his position with a 1:29.3126, which he would be unable to improve on, and Mitchell who improved by a tenth of a second, which was enough to put him ahead of Michael Westaway’s in the order.

Tony Westaway dropped into the 26’s the following lap with a 1:26.9253 to move him ahead of Winter into sixth position, as Catrina also improved by a chunk with a 1:27.7112, his fastest time for the session to move him up to eleventh ahead of Gallagher and James. Marriner got himself into the sub 1 minute 30 bracket with a 1:29.3496 to move him up to eighteenth, ahead of Raphael who also improved with a 1:30.2838 – both would be the fastest laps of the session for this pair.

Misuraca slightly lowered his marker with a 1:25.4515, while Westaway improved by another four tenths of a second the next lap around with a 1:26.5247, and Rowland who found half a second to move up to eighth with a 1:27.2920. Millar improved his time, but not his position with a 1:28.5253 to end his session, while Mitchell also found another small gain with a 1:30.6978 lap.

Lewis-Williams made a small gain of less than a tenth with a 1:25.8818, as did Rowland who ran his fastest lap of 1:27.1703 – neither driver improving their position with these times however.

Misuraca and Beller both ran quicker the next lap, with Misuraca holding the second fastest time with a 1:25.3553 keeping Beller’s 1:25.4375 behind him. Crocitti set his fastest time of the session and moved up to ninth ahead of Greer with a 1:27.3222, as Gallagher moved up to eleventh when he ran his fastest time of 1:27.4962 to move ahead of Catrina. John Vainoras also improved by over a second on his best time to date with a 1:33.6845.

With Lange in the pits, the remaining cars at the top of the times were doing all they could to move up, and it was Beller who was able to nab the second spot on the front row with a 1:25.1816. Misuraca and Lewis-Williams set their fastest laps to secure the second row with 1:25.3123 and 1:25.5480 laps.

Winter managed to sneak into the 26’s also, but wasn’t able to improve on his seventh position and would line up there alongside Rowland, behind Taubitz and Tony Westaway on the second row.

Crocitti and Paul Greer would round out the top 10, with Pedr James moving up two spots when he found six tenths of a second with a 1:27.4233, and would start alongside Gallagher.

Catrina would wind up thirteenth, alongside Howe whose only time was good enough to place him in fourteenth, just ahead of Millar and Rob Holding, a great performance in his debut qualifying session.

Row 9 would be Doherty and Marriner, with Raphael and Mitchell on Row 10 behind them, Mitchell finding another tenth of a second on his last lap with a 1:30.5372

The final row would be Michael Westaway after his mechanical mishap, and next to him would be John Vainoras, who also improved and found a further three tenths on his last lap with a 1:33.3915

Race 1 would be held at 2pm under warm sunny skies – who would take the win for Race 1 of 2017?

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2017 Season Preview! Round 1 Sandown – Part 2

Only a couple of days left before we hit the track for Practice for Round 1! Here is the second part of our preview of the drivers who will be on the grid at Sandown.

#14 Paul Greer

Making a return for 2017 is Paul Greer, with his pristine looking Bronze coloured #14 Porsche 944.

Paul has had mechanical gremlins hamper his last two race weekends in the past couple of seasons, and he will be hoping some work on the car in the off season will mean that they are now a thing of the past!

#15 Vince Misuraca

Returning to defend his State Series title from 2016 is Vince Misuraca.

Vince had an extremely consistent season and was able to comfortably clinch the State series, and took the battle for the 944 season title down to the wire at the last round at Winton.

His speed and reliability will mean he will enter Round 1 as one of the favourites this weekend.

#16 Paul Crocitti

Paul had a great start to his 2016 season with two 5th place finishes in the first two races before an engine failure caused a DNF, and Paul didn’t return until the last round of the series at Winton.

Paul again showed good pace and he will be hoping that that translates to good speed at the fast Sandown Raceway venue as he looks to compete in the full 2017 season.

#18 Ross Millar

Another of the drivers from our big list of 23 entered for Round 1 is Ross Millar.

Ross returned for four rounds last year after sitting out the 2015 season, and earned himself 5 top 10 finishes from the 11 races that he started.

For season 2017 Ross will be looking to compete in the full season and to get himself consistently inside the top 10.

#29 Ben Raphael

Ben Raphael was another driver to the 944 Challenge in 2016, coming over all the way from WA to compete in the challenge from Round 2 at Phillip Island.

Ben spent the year coming to grips with the characteristics of his car and improved his pace throughout the season to be battling with the experienced 944 field in the later races.

Relocating to Victoria in the off season, some further testing and time behind the wheel should see Ben’s car moving up the field this season.

#32 John Vainoras

John Vainoras is the next of our previewed drivers, as he has entered for his second race weekend, and first at Sandown Raceway.

John acquitted himself well at his first round at Winton last year and kept himself out of trouble and free of drama to record a consistent weekend of results, and will be looking to improve his pace at Sandown with the striking dark purple #32 944.

#37 Chris Lewis-Williams 

Chris Lewis-Williams is another long time 944 Member returning for the 2017 season aboard his familiar #37 Porsche.

2016 was another strong season for Chris who entered the last race of the season with a chance to win the title despite missing the Sandown round in May last year, and he will be looking to start this season strongly this weekend after taking the victory in the last held at the Sandown track in 2016.

#45 Michael Westaway

Back again in 2017 will be the distinctive orange #45 machine of Michael Westaway.

Michael had a great start to 2016 at Winton with a pair of fourth place finishes, and he finished the season in 5th outright only 4 points behind Tony Westaway, with seven top 5 results for the year.

Michael will be another driver wanting to get onto the podium in 2017.

#46 Jim Mitchell

One of the new drivers for the 2017 season is Jim Mitchell.

Jim has purchased the race winning car from Phillip Island from Jason Miller, and is looking forward to his first round with the 944 Challenge at Sandown Raceway.

Look out for the #46 car next weekend as he embraces the new challenge!

#50 Tony Westaway

Tony had another solid and consistent season in 2016, which netted him fourth outright for the season with two third place finishes. as well as third for the round at Sandown in May as his season highlights.

He will be looking to improve on his Sandown form and move further up on the podium.

#97 Rob Holding

Another new driver for 2017 is Rob Holding, who will be completing his OLT on Friday before competing in his first race weekend in the #97 Pellicano Porsche 944.
Rob has completed some testing in his 944 since acquiring it last year and has shown encouraging speed in his preparation for his first event.

#98 Pedr James

Last of the drivers previewed for Round 1, Pedr James has been a constant addition to the 944 Challenge over the past few years and he returns for 2017 in his distinctive white and green #98 Porsche.

Pedr showed another good increase in speed throughout 2016, which helped him secure 8th in the overall series points last year, and will be anticipating a strong showing at the fast Sandown Raceway circuit this weekend.

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2017 Season Preview! Round 1 Sandown – Part 1

As we count down to the first round of the 2017 944 Challenge Series, we will feature a preview of each racer entered for Round 1. Check back soon for the second part of our Round 1 preview.

#1 Cameron Beller 

The 2016 944 Challenge Series Winner, Cameron Beller returns to commence his title defence for 2017. After winning 8 races in 2016, along with 5 of the 6 races held at Sandown Raceway, Beller will surely be one of the favourites going into Round 1 in two weeks time.

#4 Ken Rowland

Ken Rowland returned with his new car for Round 2 of 2016 and spent a few rounds sorting out the setup of the #4 Hire Depot 944, but then leapt forward with his speed, which peaked with a 4th place finish in the final race of the year at Winton Motor Raceway.

This helped him to 11th in the season points for the year, and will be looking to keep that speed up for the first round at Sandown Raceway.

#6 Robert Lange

Robert Lange is wheeling out his 944 for the first round of 2017 after returning for two rounds in 2016, which was the first time in 4 years for him to get back onto the track.

On his return qualifying session he put car #6 on the front row of the grid alongside Beller before encountering some reliability issues in the races, so pace won’t be an issue for the 4 time series champion.

#8 Dick Howe

The final driver in the first half of our preview of drivers entered for Round 1 in 2017 is veteran Dick Howe.

Dick’s 2016 was not a memorable one, missing the opening round and the majority of events peppered with mechanical gremlins. At Phillip Island in October, the Yellow #8 car met its demise with a crash coming into Hayshed corner on the opening lap of the first race ending his season.

Dick has rebuilt his car and hopes a change of colour will bring a change of fortunes, with the new #8 adorning a white paint scheme for 2017.

#12 Marius Catrina 

Marius is the most recent winner in the 944 Challenge series, and also the inaugural winner of the Dennis O’Keefe Cup in the final race at Winton in December.

Marius begins his 9th season in the 944 Challenge and will be looking forward to a strong start to his 2017 season.

#13 Jim Gallagher

Jim finished in the top 10 in the 2016 season pointscore last year despite missing a round at Phillip Island and the second day of the September Winton event. After earning a 4th place finish at Phillip Island last year, Jim will be aiming to get onto the podium in 2017.

#20 Andrew Jackman

Andrew joined the 944 Challenge midway through 2016 and he has been working on moving further up the field, and has the tutelage of past 944 driver Justin Tate to assist him in getting the Poolmaster 944 into the battle for the Top 5 in his first attempt at the full season in 2017.

#22 Brad Winter

Brad enters his second full season in the 944 challenge after debuting late in 2015.

His results improved in the second half of the season and he snared a 3rd position race finish at Sandown and a bunch of top 5’s on his way to 6th in the 2016 season. He will be looking to add to his podium haul in 2017.

#53 Peter Doherty

Peter Doherty will be racing in what will be the first time he has been able to make the first round of the season in a number of years. After only attending three rounds tin 2016, Peter will hope to do more races this year and rank higher in the pointscore than last year as a result, and will be looking for a solid start to his season at Sandown.

#64 Keith Marriner

Keith was another new addition to the 944 series in 2016. After debuting at Sandown he competed his first races there and he will be returning to a track for the first time as he looks to improve the pace of his #64 PAS backed car to move it further up the field in 2017.

#74 Mark Taubitz

After his first top 5 finish in 2015, Marks season didn’t start off on the right foot with a broken gearbox in practice for Round 1 meant he was a DNS for the weekend. Things improved from that point as Mark managed to collect 7 more top 5 finishes on his way to 7th outright in the 944 points for the year.


Part 2 of our drivers preview is coming soon!

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