2020 has certainly not turned out the way anyone could have expected it! With Melbourne in the middle of Stage 4 Lockdowns, we are crossing our fingers that once this lockdown is lifted that things will progress to allow us to go racing in November - somehow! We have been added to the lineup for the PIARC Access Event at Phillip Island on November 7/8, as well as for the traditional Island Magic event on November 28/29. Expect some further announcements and entry details to be released in September regarding these events. In the meantime, we are looking to add some more content to the website - especially some historical information. Anyone who has any photos, videos, stories, race programs involving the 944 Challenge - please forward them on, we would love to keep them recorded on the website and available for others to view! For anyone interested, a number of Drivers (Past and present) from the 944 Challenge series are being joined by a few invitees to take part in an e-Racing championship using the Assetto Corsa Simulation. The first series was run using a 944 Road car, with the second series moving towards a Carrera Cup car. The races will be live-streamed on Wednesday nights also from around 8:30pm. Anyone wanting to join in the fun, get in touch with us for more info!
Well, its certainly been an interesting last three and a half months all around the world, with the COVID 19 pandemic changing the world as we all know it - and putting a halt to all planned events, with sports of all levels not being immune to the effects of that. Unfortunately, the Victorian State Race Series and its organisers have had to abandon Rounds 2, 3 & 4 of the 2020 series - not for lack of trying to make them go ahead. We, the 944 Challenge members thank all of the organisers of the VSRS for all of their efforts, and look forward to being back on track with our fellow VSRS classes soon. We have been fortunate enough however to get onto the bill for the second round of the Australian Motor Racing Series to be held at Winton Motor Raceway on August 1-2! Entries are open now for two weeks until Friday July 10th. Follow this link to lodge your entry: https://amrseries.com.au/calendar/ Look forward to a great turn out of drivers for our return to the circuit!!
Check out the video package from Round 1 of the 2020 Porsche 944 Challenge series presented by Smiths TMP below! THanks as always to all of our series sponsors, and to Matt Dunlop of MDM Media for this great production! https://youtu.be/tutR92aVahw
The first round of the 2020 Porsche 944 Challenge is set to be held this weekend at the Sandown Motor Raceway as part of the Victorian State Race Series and will be presented by Smiths TMP. Over 250 cars are competing this weekend with 19 944 Challenge cars set to take the course for qualifying this afternoon, with a couple of new additions to the field for the first event of the year. With a number of quick drivers, cracking the top 10 will be an achievement for all drivers this round! Here is a run – down of the entrants for this weekend: #1 Cameron Beller – Cameron Beller comes fresh from securing both titles for the 2019 Championship and looks to get a strong start to retain his championship. However he will face his strongest opposition for this in recent years - will his new fatherhood status slow him down? The rest of the field will be hoping so! #2 Tony Westaway – Tony secured a strong second position finish in the points in 2019 and will look to continue on that form in 2020. To do so, he will have a few extra competitors to beat, including his son and his brother! #99 John Kennedy - John secured a third place outright in the Vic State Championship last year despite missing the first round of the series at Sandown in 2019 - but showed great speed from his first time in the car and secured his first race win in the final race at Island Magic despite a DNF in Race 1. Some further upgrades to his car in the off season including a conversion to left hand drive could help - or hinder his forward progression? Time will tell! #27 Toni Andreevski – Toni had a [...]
The seventh and final round of the 2019 Porsche 944 Challenge is set to be held this weekend at the picturesque Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit as part of the historic Island Magic event this weekend 17 cars are entered for the round, which will see the possibility of the first time there could be a family lock-out of the podium. Returning to the circuit for the first time since the 2018 Island Magic event is 2018 State Series Champion Jamie Westaway. Jamie returns to take the wheel of Keith Marriner's Seat Time Race Solutions backed 944 for the weekend, alongside regular season competitors, Uncle Michael Westaway, and father Tony. Tony returns to the track fresh from his GT3 Cup Car experience at Queensland Raceway thanks to series sponsor Porsche Cars Australia. Here is a run - down of the entrants for this weekend: #1 Cameron Beller – Having clinched the 2019 CAMS Victorian State Race Series Championship at the previous round, club championship leader Cameron Beller will again be the man to beat after his recent perfect round at Phillip Island in September, and only needs to finish one of the races on the weekend to secure his fourth consecutive 944 Challenge Championship. #28 Tony Westaway – Tony sits solidly in second position in the points and actually can't be beaten for the position due to his consistent points run over the year. - his aim will be to take wins this round, or at least be top Westaway... #4 Ken Rowland – Ken is leading the battle for third position in the 944 Challenge pointscore heading into the final round, with a small 3 point gap ahead of his closest pursuer. The battle for third will surely go down to the final race of the season.. #27 Toni Andreevski - returning after missing the last round of the series is Toni Andreevski - [...]
Best of luck to 944 Challenge veteran Tony Westaway, who heads to Queensland Raceway today to take part in his prize of driving the Porsche GT3 Cup Car courtesy of our wonderful series sponsor, Porsche Cars Australia. Seen here is Tony receiving his congratulations from Troy Bundy from Porsche Cars Australia upon confirmation of him securing the prize. Tony secured the experience due to his fantastic consistency throughout the year which saw him just miss out on the 2019 944 Challenge State Championship to Cameron Beller. Cameron himself participated in the GT3 Cup Car experience a few months ago and impressed the trainers hugely as he ran some of the best ever times seen in one of the sessions by a non-professional racer on one of these days. Look forward to seeing the results and images and video from the event courtesy of Tony & Jamie Westaway in the days to follow as they prepare to hit the Phillip Island circuit this weekend for the Island Magic event, the final round for the 2019 944 Challenge Series Championship! #porschepyramid
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 [...]
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