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2019 Season – Round 6 Preview!

September 27th, 2019|0 Comments

The fifth and final round of the 2019 Victorian State Racing Championships is on this weekend, which is also the penultimate round of the 2019 944 Challenge Championship. With the prize of the coveted experience aboard a Current spec Porsche 911 GT3 Carrera Cup Car up for grabs to the winning or highest placed eligible driver, there is a lot at stage this weekend! Let’s have a look at the entries for this weekend: #1 Cameron Beller – Cameron moves back to the top of the Vic State Championship pointscore after another perfect round at Sandown - but he sits only 3 points ahead of Tony Westaway going into this final round as a result of scoring no points at Winton in June. He will hope to take back the Vic State Championship title he lost in 2018 - a repeat of his Phillip Island performance in May will help him do that. #28 Tony Westaway – Tony sits just behind Beller on the points for the State Series, with whoever comes out on top between the two this weekend likely to take the State Championship title.  Due to his previous winning of the prize, Beller in ineligible to again secure the GT3 Cup Drive, which Tony can secure for himself in Race 1 this weekend if he has a good finish. #99 John Kennedy - John returns after missing the last round of the series at the Shannon’s Nationals event, which sees him still in fourth place in the Vic State Series, and with a great chance to finish in the top three if he has a weekend as good as the others he has pulled off this season.  #4 Ken Rowland – Ken has had one of his most consistent seasons and sees him sitting in fifth position [...]

2019 Season – Round 5 Preview!

August 29th, 2019|0 Comments

The 944 Challenge drivers are super excited to hit the track as part of a special invitation to join in with Round 5 of the Shannons Nationals series, which will feature the first visit of the TCR series to the Winton circuit. This year will also see this round be a points round of the 944 Challenge series Championship. Here is a preview for this event which will again see the Dennis O’Keefe Cup presented - this time to the winner of the fourth and final (non-points) race of the weekend, which will again be a handicap reverse grid race on Sunday afternoon. For those that can’t make it down, make sure you tune into the Shannons Nationals Livestream on both Saturday & Sunday for all the action! Saturdays qualifying session starts at 9:50, with Race 1 at 12:55 that day and Race 2 at Sundays Reverse grid race is at 10:40am, with the Handicap race finale at 13:35. Below is a list of those competing this weekend: #1 Cameron Beller – Cameron was able to recover from his disaster at Winton in July with a perfect weekend at Sandown. He will need to avoid his Winton curse this weekend to ensure he maintains his newly re-claimed championship points lead. #28 Tony Westaway – Tony had an outstanding weekend last time out at Winton with two race victories securing him the Round win also – the first wins of his career, but lost the series lead after Sandown as a result of Beller's perfect points haul. A repeat of last time at Winton would put Tony back on top again - can he repeat and topple Beller? #4 Ken Rowland - Ken also had a great weekend last time at Winton, with a solid weekend ending on the highest point [...]

2019 Season – Round 4 Preview!

July 17th, 2019|0 Comments

This weekend sees the fourth round of the Victorian State Race Series being held at Sandown Raceway, with the 944 Challenge again competing as one of the staple categories of the series - for the first time with the backing of Porsche Australia on board! Here is a preview of the competitors who will be on track this weekend: #1 Cameron Beller – Cameron had two perfect rounds to start the year, but WInton was even more of a horror for him than 2018 - this year returning zero points for the weekend. While he is able to fall back on the dropped worst round rule for the 944 series keeping him on top in that pointscore, he has slipped to second in the Victorian State Circuit Racing Championship Points with only two rounds remaining. He will hope to replicate his perfect Sandown performance from Round 1 as he looks to claw back the points deficit. #5 Lyndon Watson – Lyndon had a perfect Saturday at Winton, scoring Pole Position and the Race 1 win, but had to settle for second and third positions on Sunday. Nevertheless, he now sits second in the 944 points after factoring in the dropped worst round after his non attendance at Sandown at Round 1. Would this put him at a disadvantage this weekend against his rivals? #28 Tony Westaway – Tony had an outstanding weekend at Winton with two race victories securing him the Round win also - the first wins of his career. With a lead in the Vic State Series Pointscore, Tony will be holding nothing back as he looks to stay at the top of the points ladder at the end of the weekend. #4 Ken Rowland – Ken also had a great weekend at Winton, with a solid weekend ending on the highest point as he finished second in [...]

Porsche Cars Australia to support the 944 Racing Association in 2019!

July 10th, 2019|0 Comments

Some very exciting news for all drivers of the 944 Challenge series with a new announcement surrounding a fantastic new sponsorship arrangement with Porsche Cars Australia! Porsche Cars Australia will include the 944 Challenge in the young driver development program for 2019. At the conclusion of the 2019 season (Vic State Race Series), the champion driver from the competition* will be offered a Porsche GT3 Cup Track Experience valued at approximately $7,000 each. The GT3 Cup Track Experience involves a full day behind the wheel of a current-specification Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Car (Gen II), the same car used in highly competitive Porsche Carrera Cup Championships campaigned around the globe. The GT3 Cup Track Experience is the perfect stepping stone for both young drivers seeking to progress their careers and more experienced drivers to elevate their racing to the next level. “We are pleased to expand our support of Australian Motor Sport to three exciting categories,” said Motorsport Manager for Porsche Cars Australia, Troy Bundy. “The Porsche 944 challenge is also the first step on the Porsche Motorsport pyramid and an affordable introduction for drivers of all ages to one-make Porsche racing. We are proud to support this great class.” “Porsche and our partners have made a significant investment into driver development locally and we are proud to expand that further this year.” The announcement increases an already significant investment in junior driver development within Australian Motorsport. Working with major partner Michelin, Porsche’s Michelin Junior Program supports a total of eleven young drivers competing in the Porsche PAYCE Carrera Cup Australia and Porsche Michelin GT3 Cup Challenge this year, with approximately $300,000 in support and prizes on offer. As part of the program, Michelin Junior driver Jordan Love received a trip to Germany to experience the Formula E Berlin E-Prix [...]

2019 Season – Round 3 Preview!

June 14th, 2019|0 Comments

One more sleep until the 944 Challenge field set off to begin Qualifying for Round 3 of the 2019 season at Winton Raceway. 18 cars and drivers are entered which bodes for a great weekend’s racing ahead. Let’s go through the drivers entered for the round. #1 Cameron Beller – Cameron has had two perfect rounds so far, but returns to the scene of what was to be his downfall in his quest for the 2018 Vic State Series Title in Winton Raceway. He will look to keep his perfect streak for 2019 going and avoid the dramas of last year. #3 Mark Taubitz – Two consistent rounds so far in 2019 sees Mark second in the pointscore despite struggling with power on the two high speed tracks. He will look to return to the podium this weekend at Winton where power is less of a top level concern. #28 Tony Westaway – Tony finished third outright for the weekend at Phillip Island which sees him move up the pointscore into third position outright. Tony had some issues at his Winton appearance last year, so will look to have a smoother run on his return to the regional circuit in his attempt to move further up the standings. #27 Toni Andreevski – Toni continues his strong start to the 2019 season which after scoring a top 5 result at Phillip Island, sees him up to fourth in the points. This will surprisingly be his first visit to race in the 944's at Winton Raceway, will he be able to get to grips with the tight layout to maintain his championship position? #64 Keith Marriner – Keith had an ordinary start to the weekend at Phillip Island, but improved for Sunday which sees him in fifth position in the points after the first two rounds. Winton was [...]

2019 Season – Round 2 Preview!

April 27th, 2019|0 Comments

Less than one week remains until the 944 Challenge field set off to begin practice for Round 2 of the 2019 season at Phillip Island. 22 cars and drivers are entered, the highest field since Round 1 of the 2017 Season! #1 Cameron Beller – Cameron continued on his winning ways at Round 1 of the season at Sandown with a perfect result with 3 wins from 3 races Will he be able to replicate this performance at Phillip Island? #4 Ken Rowland – Ken showed impressive pace as he secured his first front row starting position and also his first podium finishes to make a strong start to the season after missing the first half of the 2018 season. Ken will be looking to keep the momentum up at Phillip Island, a track he historically has performed well at. #31 Adam Brewer – Adam performed extremely well at his first outing at Sandown raceway at Round 1, and will be looking to repeat the performance as he returns to a track he has competed at previously in Phillip Island. One driver who suffered cooling dramas in the heat of the Sandown weekend, he will look to have put those issues behind him and improve further on his pace. #3 Mark Taubitz – Mark was another who struggled with engine temperature and performance at Sandown which left him slightly off the pace he was expecting. He will also hope to have solved those issues for Phillip Island and will look to get onto the podium for the first time this weekend. #66 Tim Wolfe – Tim was the highest placed of the 944 rookies who had their first outing at Sandown and performed extremely well in his first outing. Some further comfort tweaks in the gap between Rounds 1 & [...]

2019 Season – Round 1 Preview!

February 28th, 2019|0 Comments

On the eve of Practice before the first round of the 2019 944 Challenge season, we will go through a quick preview of the drivers entered for Round 1 at Sandown - with a higher number of entries than any round in 2018 a positive way to start the new year! #1 Cameron Beller – Cameron returns for 2019 after clinching his third consecutive 944 Challenge Series Championship - and will have his sights on Championship number 4 this year. #74 Mark Taubitz – Mark was able to win the unofficial 'over 20's' championship last year with third in the series behind Beller and Jamie Westaway. He will be looking to start his season strongly and will be aiming for podium finishes this weekend. #64 Keith Marriner – Keith had a strong 2018 season with fourth in the season standings at the end of the year - some further upgrades to his car in the off season have taken place to help him as he attempts to repeat this result for the 2019 Championship. #8 Dick Howe – Dick showed good speed at times throughout the year but was hampered by a couple of DNF's that stopped him from placing higher in the points. He will be looking to get the season off on the right foot at Sandown this weekend. #46 Jim Mitchell – Jim had another very consistent season and fought adversity with a number of mechanical issues to keep running all year - sixth in the pointscore a good reward for his efforts to keep the car on the circuit. With his best result of 2018 coming at Round 1 at Sandown, Jim will look to replicate that performance this weekend. #98 Pedr James – A good season for Pedr with a season result of 7th despite [...]

2019 944 Series

Current Pointscore

Pos.DriverPoints
1stCameron Beller390
2ndTony Westaway315
3rdKen Rowland271
4thToni Andreevski268
5thJohn Kennedy256
6thAdam Brewer252
7thTim Wolfe223
8thRichard Howe220
9thMark Taubitz204
10thPedr James195
11thMichael Westaway195
12thKeith Marriner193
13thLyndon Watson190
14thJohn Vainoras189
15thClayton Sinclair188
16thJames Mitchell181
17thAndrew Jones128
18thMarius Catrina104
19thAndrew Jackman83
20thPeter Doherty79
21stCampbell Hammersley75
22ndPaul Greer72
23rdPaul Crocitti71
24thRob Holding59
25thBrad Winter38
26thDaniel Petselis29

 

2019 Vic State Championship

Current Pointscore

Pos.DriverPoints
1stCameron Beller400
2ndTony Westaway375
3rdJohn Kennedy312
4thLyndon Watson238
5thKen Rowland236
6thAdam Brewer218
7thRichard Howe203
8thToni Andreevski199
9thTim Wolfe198
10thClayton Sinclair163
11thKeith Marriner161
12thMark Taubitz159
13thMichael Westaway150
14thPedr James145
15thJim Mitchell115
16thJohn Vainoras114
17thPaul Crocitti90
18thAndrew Jones84
19thMarius Catrina74
20thAndrew Jackman70
21stPaul Greer55
22ndCampbell Hammersley45
23rdPeter Doherty28
24thDaniel Petselis23
25thRob Holding12

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