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Round 6. Phillip Island – Qualifying

September 30th, 2017|0 Comments

An early start for Qualifying for Round 6 at Phillip Island for the 944 Challenge field, as the the first class to hit the track for the morning. After some heavy overnight rain, they were also the pioneers to see how much it had dried in the following couple of hours. Watching qualifying from the sidelines was Andrew Jackman. After an overrev during Friday practice bent some valves, a lot of assistance that evening and the following morning from a number of other teams would see the cylinder head replaced, and some other niggles sorted - although with not enough time to see the car make the 9am qualifying session. Chris Lewis-Williams topped the time sheets initially after running a 1:51.2947 ahead of Cameron Beller with a 1:52.1639. The field were adapting to the track conditions with varying degrees of success behind them, Tony Westaway ran the third fastest time early on with a 1:54.6491, with Ken Rowland fourth on a 1:54.8813. Jim Gallagher was fifth quickest after recording a 1:55.9323, with Mark Taubitz next on a 1:56.2816. Seventh was Keith Marriner, a 1:57.7752 his fastest time, ahead of Dick Howe's 1:58.4734, Lyndon Watson ninth (1:58.8651) and Michael Westaway rounding out the top ten with a 1:59.5104. Codey West was eleventh fastest (1:59.6761) and the last of those who recorded a sub 2 minute lap on their first recordedtime. Rob Holding was twelfth with a 2:03.0201, then Marius Catrina in thirteenth (2:03.8390) John Vainoras in fourteenth (2:09.4821) and Jim Mitchell fifteenth with a slow 2:25.2115. Lewis-Williams and Beller both lowered their times next lap around, with Bellers 1:50.7160 edging him int provisional pole ahead of Lewis-Williams' 1:50.8124. Ken Rowland moved himself up to third fastest with a 1:52.5700, while Gallagher also improved his time to 1:54.9910 to remain in fifth. Dick [...]

2017 Round 6 Preview – Phillip Island GP Circuit

September 26th, 2017|0 Comments

The sixth and penultimate round of the 2017 944 Challenge is looming, and 16 drivers are getting prepared for a big weekend of action at Phillip Island as this round coincides with the final round of the 2017 Vic State Race Series. Here is a quick preview of who will be out on track this weekend: #1 Cameron Beller – Cam Beller leads the pointscore as the series heads back to Phillip Island, aided by his round wins in the first three rounds of the series. Only a disaster can prevent Beller from securing the State Series title, but the battle for the 944 Challenge Title is still wide open... #37 Chris Lewis-Williams – Chris has clawed his way back into contention for the 944 series, helped largely by his round wins at the last two rounds of the series at Sandown and Mallala. He doesn't have the same luxury of being able to have a bad round that can count as his worst round, as Beller does - so he needs to make every race count! #50 Tony Westaway – Yet another great weekend for Tony with another hat trick of podiums leaves him poised to secure third outright for both pointscores... is second outright a possibility? Time will tell... #45 Michael Westaway – Michael produced another strong showing at Mallala and will hope to get one over on Tony this weekend at PI - though he will be unlikely to move anywhere in the points as he has a gap to his pursuers, as well as those ahead. #74 Mark Taubitz – Another up and down weekend for Taubitz at Mallala sees him back a bit further than he would like in the points - a good round is what he needs to put the last two rounds [...]

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September 11th, 2017|0 Comments

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Round 5. Mallala – Race 4

August 20th, 2017|0 Comments

Race 4 was the final race for the weekend, and 11 cars fronted for the race start with Marius Catrina packing up early unable to make the last race. The two key protagonists for the round in Cameron Beller and Chris Lewis-Williams were even off the start as they went side-by-side through turn 1, with Beller edging ahead through turn 2. Lewis-Williams was able to get a good exit though and put himself in a good position on the run to turn 3, as the two cars were neck and neck all the way down the back sweeper on the way to the hairpin. Lewis-Williams prevailed with the inside line through the hairpin to emerge in the lead, with Beller slotting into second position. Tony Westaway was third, from Ken Rowland and Michael Westaway in fourth and fifth positions. The top two ran neck and neck down the back straight, but Lewis-Williams cleared Beller with the inside run to the hairpin corner. Ryan Woods and Dick Howe resumed their race 3 battle, with Howe initially moving to sixth as the pair were again side by side for sixth position.  Toni Andreevski was up to eighth position, after rounding up Mark Taubitz who initially jumped well, but the car jumped out of gear, and he dropped back to ninth from his sixth position on the grid. In behind Taubitz was John Vainoras, moving ahead of Keith Marriner who was baulked by Taubitz on the run to turn one. As the field rounded turn three, Rowland had a slide on cold tyres which allowed Michael Westaway through to fourth position, while Howe also got a run on him and nosed ahead down the back straight. Being on the outside of the track however, he wasn't able to hold the position, and his compromised exit from the [...]

Round 5. Mallala – Race 3

August 20th, 2017|0 Comments

Race 3 of the Mallala race weekend was a 10 lap event held at 10:30 on the Sunday morning, with Cameron Beller and Chris Lewis-Williams on a win apiece after the two Saturdays races. Sadly there would be only 12 cars taking the start, as Paul Crocitti encountered engine issues during his morning warm up, which would prevent his from taking the start from his well earnt fourth starting spot - a cruel blow. Cameron Beller yet again led into the first corner with Chris Lewis-Williams behind, ahead of Tony Westaway, with Ken Rowland jumping up to fourth position, aided by the empty grid slot in front of him thanks to Crocitti. Ryan Woods was next through ahead of Dick Howe, Michael Westaway, Mark Taubitz who slipped back after missing the start, Marius Catrina, Keith Marriner, Toni Andreevski and John Vainoras. Howe moved up to fifth position with a pass on Woods down the back straight, Woods clearly suffering from a shortage of horsepower onboard car #17. The top two yet again pulled a gap on the third place Tony Westaway who himself pulled a small gap of Rowland in fourth, who also found himself comfortable ahead of fifth placed Howe. The battle for fifth is where all the excitement was, as Woods was trying every trick in the book to move back ahead of Howe, while Taubitz managed to take the seventh position from Michael Westaway under brakes for the final hairpin on lap 3, and set about after Howe and Woods. Woods made a move on the inside of Howe at turn three on lap 4, but Howe was able to power past down the back straight to hold the position. The following lap Howe suffered the same fate though this time went off at the exit of the corner, allowing Woods, Taubitz [...]

Round 5. Mallala – Race 2

August 19th, 2017|0 Comments

Late on Saturday afternoon, the field rolled out for Race 2 of Round 5 of the 2017 season at Mallala raceway less than two hours after the end of Race 1. Two cars who did not make it for the start, and were out for the weekend were Pedr James - his engine dramas unfortunately more terminal than what was hoped, and Jim Mitchell - whose clutch dramas put him out for the rest of the weekend also. Cameron Beller got the jump off the line again to lead into the first few corners, with the next few drivers remaining in grid formation behind him, with Chris Lewis-Williams in second, from Tony Westaway, Paul Crocitti and Michael Westaway in fifth. Ryan Woods jumped up to sixth ahead of Ken Rowland and Dick Howe, followed by Keith Marriner, Toni Andreevski, Marius Catrina, Mark Taubitz and John Vainoras. How made his way past Rowland under brakes for the hairpin for the first time, while Catrina and Taubitz both pulled the same move on Andreevski, dropping him back to twelfth position, and then thirteenth when Vainoras also passed him for twelfth. At the close of lap 2 Michael Westaway moved up to fourth position briefly, before some contact between he and Paul Crocitti saw Westaway come off second best and he dropped back to eleventh position behind Taubitz. Behind him, Andreevski made a pass back on Vainoras again to move back to twelfth spot while Howe made his way past Woods for the fifth position on the following lap. On lap 4, and drama for Beller as the car didn't pull up as he braked for the hairpin corner, allowing Lewis-Williams through to the lead of the race while Beller recovered to second position. A few seconds later there was deja vu as Dick Howe [...]

Round 5. Mallala – Race 1

August 19th, 2017|0 Comments

Race 1 of the 4 races that made up Round 5 of the 944 Challenge was a quick 6 lap screamer held mid Saturday afternoon at Mallala Motorsport Park, the first race in 6 and a half years for the 944's in South Australia. Unable to effect repairs in time for the race start was Pedr James, but the team hoped to line up for Race 2. Cameron Beller led away from pole position to jump into the lead ahead of Chris Lewis-Williams, with Tony Westaway next from Michael Westaway and Paul Crocitti in fifth. Slow to get away from fifth on the grid was Mark Taubitz, moving away slowly and rolling straight into pit entry instead of taking the first corner to retire after he began experiencing a misfire on the warmup lap. This moved Ken Rowland and Dick Howe up to sixth and seventh positions, ahead of Keith Marriner, and Ryan Woods who burst through from his start at the rear of the field. John Vainoras was next through in tenth position, ahead of Jim Mitchell and Toni Andreevski, while resuming at the back after stalling off the grid was Marius Catrina. Crocitti moved up to fourth position with a pass on Michael Westaway when the latter missed a gear, while Howe moved his way past Rowland and up to sixth position, and Mitchell moved past Vainoras for tenth spot. Up front Beller and Lewis-Williams started building a gap, while Tony Westaway focussed on keeping Crocitti behind him, while Michael Westaway was trying to find a way back past for fourth position. Jim Mitchell meanwhile experienced some clutch issues and dropped to the back of the pack, before pulling off to retire on lap 3. Woods worked his way past Marriner on lap 3 and moved up to the [...]

2017 944 Series

Pointscore

Driver
Cameron Beller379
Chris Lewis-Williams372
Tony Westaway329
Michael Westaway291
Vince Misuraca282
Mark Taubitz230
Richard Howe203
Lyndon Watson195
John Vainoras179
Keith Marriner172
Codey West171
James Gallagher170
Ken Rowland162
Rob Holding161
Brad Winter156
Marius Catrina128
Paul Crocitti127
James Mitchell117
Robert Lange115
Andrew Jackman94
Pedr James71
Peter Doherty63
Ben Raphael62
Ryan Woods59
Sam Rofe52
Toni Andreevski49
Ross Millar39
Paul Greer0

*Pointscore calculated with worst dropped round removed from total.

2017 Vic State Championship

Final Pointscore

DriverTotal
Cameron Beller476
Chris Lewis-Williams380
Tony Westaway359
Vince Misuraca347
Michael Westaway277
Lyndon Watson187
Brad Winter184
Mark Taubitz176
Codey West168
Richard Howe147
James Gallagher146
Robert Lange120
Rob Holding118
Keith Marriner89
Ken Rowland84
John Vainoras83
Andrew Jackman73
Paul Crocitti70
Jim Mitchell70
Marius Catrina53
Pedr James51
Sam Rofe46
Peter Doherty38
Ben Raphael34
Ross Millar26
Paul Greer0

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