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2018 944 Challenge - Round 3, Winton Motor Raceway, June 16 - 17

The website has been updated with the Results, Photos, and Points after Round 2 for the 2018 Season.

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2018 Season – Round 3 Preview!

June 14th, 2018|0 Comments

We are on the eve of practice as the 944 Challenge hit the track for practice for the third round of the 2018 Victorian State Circuit Racing Championships!   Here is the preview for this third round of the series for 2018, with another new driver having his first hit out for the year, though a few drivers are missing after attending the Sandown and Phillip Island rounds.   #1 Cameron Beller – Cam has started his 2018 with a perfect 6 wins from 6 starts, though he was made to work hard for it in the last race at Phillip Island. Can he keep his winning streak going?   #28 Jamie Westaway – Jamie has emerged as the biggest challenger to Beller for this year, and will be the shortest odds to end Bellers' perfect season thus far. Will he be able to top the podium this weekend?   #74 Mark Taubitz – Third in the points after an encouraging start to the season, Taubitz had his best results last year at Winton despite missing qualifying and Race 1. He will be there for Saturdays action this year, can he challenge the top two runners this weekend?   #5 Lyndon Watson – Lyndon had shown great speed this year and only lost his third position in the points when he spun off the road in the last race at Phillip Island. He will want to get back into that position and challenging the top two runners will surely be on his radar this weekend.   #20 Andrew Jackman – Andrew continued his strong start to the 2018 season at Phillip Island, despite his spin in Race 3. Reliability has helped him into fifth in the points, and he will be aiming to break through for his first top 5 [...]

Round 2. Phillip Island – Race 3

May 6th, 2018|0 Comments

The third and final race for the round promised to be the closest of the weekend - although the field size had depleted by two with Toni Andreevski unable to front for the weekend after his impromptu barbeque at the completion of Race 2, and Peter Doherty also not making it out for the final race. Off the start, and Jamie Westaway got the jump off the start on Cameron Beller to lead into the first corner, the first time Beller hadn't led into Turn 1 this year. Beller was on Westaway's tail, with Lyndon Watson holding third position off the start with Brad Winter slotting in next in fourth position. Tim Petrusic moved into fifth position, with Mark Taubitz in behind him after a strong start from eighth position saw him move ahead of Michael Westaway who slipped two positions back to seventh off the start, and Andrew Jackman in eighth position. Keith Marriner moved up to ninth position after a good start, ahead of Jim Mitchell, with Dick Howe back to eleventh after getting a tardy start, and John Vainoras in twelfth spot. Into Honda corner and the positions remained the same as Westaway pulled a tiny gap on Beller, with Taubitz having a look on the inside of Petrusic, while Michael Westaway dove deep underbrakes on the outside, though slotted in behind the Zantek car once more. Dick Howe moved his way past Mitchell under brakes to move back into tenth position. Through Hayshed corner and Tim Petrisuc had a mis-shift into fifth gear, and turned his dashboard into a Christmas tree of warning lights. Taubitz moved past and took the fifth position through Lukey Heights, while Westaway and Jackman also moved ahead into brakes for MG, as Howe, Marriner and Mitchell all followed through exiting MG [...]

Round 2. Phillip Island – Race 2

May 6th, 2018|0 Comments

Race 2 of Round 2 was early on Sunday morning - as the lights went out it was Cameron Beller who jumped away off the start, with Mark Taubitz getting a good jump to out drag front row starter Jamie Westaway to move into second into Turn 1, with Westaway slotting into third with Lyndon Watson next through in fourth position. Brad Winter was next in fifth position, ahead of Michael Westaway and Tim Petrusic with Dick Howe in eighth position as most of the field held their position from the start. Andrew Jackman was ninth, ahead of Keith Marriner and the fast starting Jim Mitchell from the back of the grid. with Peter Doherty in behind, ahead of John Vainoras and Toni Andreevski who missed a gear change on the run off the line, though he was able to move past Vainoras exiting the first corner. Jamie Westaway didn't want to lose touch with Beller, and was able to get a stronger run than Taubitz coming out of Southern Loop and took the second position back on the run around Stoner corner, with Mitchell moving into the top ten around the outside of Marriner. As the field ended Lap 1, Watson ranged up onto the tail of Taubitz as the pair came down the straight, and moved to the inside to take the third position into Turn 1. Taubitz then shadowed Watson for the rest of the lap and made a move back down the inside under brakes for MG corner later in the lap. The two cars ran side-by-side through Turn 11 before Taubitz conceded to draft Watson down the straight, while Jamie Westaway was doing the same to Beller further up the road. Howe meanwhile moved himself up to seventh position as he moved himself past ahead [...]

Round 2. Phillip Island – Race 1

May 5th, 2018|0 Comments

Race 1 commenced just after lunch and it was an even start by the front row combatants Cameron Beller and Jamie Westaway running side by side through Turn 1 before Beller edged ahead into Southern Loop corner. Mark Taubitz got the jump ahead of Brad Winter to slot into third, with Dick Howe also getting a great start to slot into fourth position, with Lyndon Watson moving into fifth position ahead of Winter dropping back to sixth spot. Tim Petrusic was seventh in line with Michael Westaway in eighth position. Keith Marriner was ninth into Turn 1, with Andrew Jackman alongside - and Jim Mitchell in his mirrors as both got a good start behind him, as did John Vainoras who jumped up to twelfth at the expense of Peter Doherty - who bogged down off the start, and Toni Andreevski who was slow away and rounded out the 944 field into the first corner. Exiting Southern Loop corner, Westaway was able to get the better run on Beller and pulled alongside as the pair braked for Honda corner. Westaway went in a little too deep however, and drifted through the corner, skillfully controlling the car, though allowed Beller to move back past, with Taubitz also capitalising and moving ahead into the second position as they raced towards Siberia corner. Behind the leading trio, Winter moved back around Watson on the outside on the exit from Southern Loop corner to move back to fifth position, while it was a three wide battle into the corner for ninth position, with Jackman prevailing and moving into the spot, though Mitchell was fighting him hard for it, with Marriner slipping behind the duo. Doherty also moved ahead of Vainoras, with Andreevski doing the same around the outside of Southern Loop. Mitchell then was [...]

Round 2. Phillip Island – Qualifying

May 5th, 2018|0 Comments

After a Friday Practice Day with four seasons worth of weather at Phillip Island, the rain clouds cleared in time for Saturday as we prepared for Round 2 of the 2018 Victorian State Circuit Racing Championships. With qualifying for the 944 Challenge taking place first up on Saturday morning, with four drivers which were not at Sandown for Round 1 heading out onto the track. An unfortunate absentee was Jim Gallagher, who was unable to make the round after having to cancel his racing plans at the last minute. The early laps gave a good indication of who would be where on the grid, as Cameron Beller went to the top on the first lap with a 1:50.1551, ahead of Jamie Westaway into second with a 1:50.7059. Brad Winter moved into third position with his first lap of 1:51.7692, with Lyndon Watson fourth quickest after recording a 1:51.9883. Mark Taubitz was fifth fastest with a 1:52.6618, with Dick Howe into sixth on a 1:52.7375 lap. Andrew Jackman was in seventh after recording a 1:55.7570 on his first, and what would turn out to be only fast lap as he pulled off track on the next lap, and would slide down the order as others got quicker throughout the session. Keith Marriner was next in eighth with a 1:56.1450, with the returning Tim Petrusic in ninth position on a 1:56.3385, fractionally ahead of Peter Doherty with a 1:56.3440. Easing into his first laps of 2018 was Michael Westaway as he moved into the eleventh position as he ran a 1:57.6794, with Toni Andreevski twelfth on his first lap after running a 2:00.3810. Rounding out the order after lap 1 was John Vainoras with a 2:08.8259, and Jim Mitchell with a 2:15.6991. Lap 2 saw most of the field lower their times as [...]

2018 Season – Round 2 Preview!

May 3rd, 2018|0 Comments

Only 1 more sleep until the 944 Challenge hit the track for practice for the second round of the 2018 Victorian State Circuit Racing Championships! Here is the preview for this second round of the series for 2018, with a few drivers returning for their first round for the season after missing the Sandown round in March. #1 Cameron Beller – Cam started his 2018 with a perfect weekend at Sandown topping every session and winning all three races. The rest of the field will be looking to prevent him from doing a repeat performance this weekend. #28 Jamie Westaway – Jamie had a fantastic first round in the 944 Challenge, finishing second for the weekend with a pair of second place finishes matched with a third place in the second race, and he will be looking forward to his first outing at the Phillip Island venue aboard father Tony's 944. #5 Lyndon Watson – Lyndon had his best weekend to date at Sandown with a third outright for the round, including a second place finish in Race 2 after pasing Westaway on the last lap. He will have his sights set on another podium finish this weekend. #74 Mark Taubitz – Mark had a good round at Sandown despite a Race 1 spin, after which he was able to move back into the midpack and moved forward in the following races to finish fourth outright, and will be looking forward to a good weekend at Phillip Island. #46 Jim Mitchell – Jim had a fantastic weekend at Sandown which left him sitting in fifth position in the points! If he can repeat that performance this weekend, Jim will no doubt be a very happy camper! #20 Andrew Jackman – Andrew had a solid weekend at Sandown as he got his best start to a season as he rounded out [...]

Round 1. Sandown – Race 3

March 4th, 2018|0 Comments

A slightly depleted field of twelve cars fronted for the final 10 lap Race of the weekend, after the demise of Jim Gallagher's #13 car in Race 2. Returning in time for the race having repaired his car, was Dick Howe - and he would start on the back row of the grid. As it was in Races 1 & 2, Cameron Beller was able to get a good start to lead into the first corner, this time with Lyndon Watson in behind him, with Jamie Westaway and Mark Taubitz following through in third and fourth positions, with Andrew Jackman slotting into fifth spot. Behind him was Jim Mitchell, from Marius Catrina and the fast starting Dick Howe coming off the back of the grid after his race 2 DNF. Rob Holding was next, with Keith Marriner in tenth, followed by Pedr James and John Vainoras. Howe moved past Catrina down the back straight and into seventh and set his sights on Mitchell. Beller again started opening up his lead as he pulled away from the battle for second between Watson and Westaway, with Taubitz slowly dropping off of the battle for second, at the same time as pulling away from Jackman. A small mistake from Jackman into Dandenong Road corner on lap two allowed Mitchell and Howe to close right up to his bumper and make it a three way battle for fifth position. Howe got the best run onto the straight to start lap 3 and was up to fifth position, with Mitchell also moving past Jackman, dropping him to seventh spot. Rob Holding meanwhile moved past Catrina into eighth position on lap 3. Beller again was comfortable out front and continued to open up his gap on the battle for second position, with Westaway shadowing the second placed [...]

2018 944 Series

Pointscore

Pos.DriverPoints
1stCameron Beller156
2ndJamie Westaway143
3rdMark Taubitz128
4thLyndon Watson115
5thAndrew Jackman109
6thKeith Marriner103
7thRichard Howe100
8thJames Mitchell95
9thJohn Vainoras88
10thBrad Winter66
11thMichael Westaway62
12thMarius Catrina54
13thPedr James48
14thRob Holding38
15thPeter Doherty30
16thToni Andreevski29
17thJames Gallagher16
18thTim Petrusic0

 

2018 Vic State Championship

Pointscore

Pos.DriverPoints
1stCameron Beller200
2ndJamie Westaway182
3rdMark Taubitz144
4thLyndon Watson136
5thRichard Howe103
6thAndrew Jackman96
7thJim Mitchell91
8thKeith Marriner84
9thBrad Winter78
10thMichael Westaway68
11thJohn Vainoras58
12thTim Petrusic58
13thMarius Catrina50
14thPedr James39
15thRob Holding38
16thPeter Doherty18
17thToni Andreevski17
18thJames Gallagher12

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