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2018 944 Challange - Round 1, Sandown Raceway, March 3 - 4

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2018 Season – Round 1 Preview!

March 1st, 2018|0 Comments

Only 1 more sleep until the 944 Challenge hit the track for the first time in 2018 in practice for the first round of the 2018 Victorian State Circuit Racing Championships! Here is the Preview for the first round of the series for 2018. A smaller than usual field for this round, though we should see an increase in numbers with some new and returning cars due to enter for Round 2! #1 Cameron Beller - Cameron is returning in an attempt to secure a third consecutive championship in 2018. With Cameron being the only race winner from 2017 to line up for the first round, he will be entering as odds on favourite to set the pace. #28 Jamie Westaway - Jamie again has commandeered the keys to Tony's 944 after his successful outing at the non points Historic round in November - and he will be hoping to challenge Beller again as he returns to the Melbourne venue in his first 944 Challenge Race weekend. #74 Mark Taubitz - Mark had a 2017 season which left him feeling unsatisfied with some up and down results through the year, and he will be looking for a strong weekend to get his 2018 season off on the right foot. #8 Dick Howe - Dick showed some good speed during 2017 season, especially at Phillip Island where he earnt a third place finish in October. He will also look to get a strong start in 2018 at Sandown. #64 Keith Marriner - Keith had a good 2017 season as he completed his first full year in the 944 Challenge, and with a number of upgrades in the off season for car #64, he will look to move further up the order at the start of his 2018 season.  #32 John Vainoras - John also had his first full season [...]

2017 Season Review

February 19th, 2018|0 Comments

The 2017 944 Challenge season was largely dominated by two drivers – with Cameron Beller and Chris Lewis-Williams sharing 21 wins of the 22 races held through the 2017 season between them.   1st position for 2017 ultimately went the way of Cameron Beller with 452 points – although it was ultimately by a scant 2 points over Lewis-Williams after all drivers dropped the points for their 'worst round', the title was decided in Beller's favour after in a consistent season meant he was unable to be caught in the points going into the final round. Ironically, this was his worst round of the season, and the only time he went winless during the weekend for the year. 11 wins, 7 second places, 2 third places and 2 fourth places, finishing every one of the 22 races (one of only two drivers to record this statistic) are testament to his second 944 Challenge Championship.   2nd for 2017 was Chris Lewis-Williams, the only person who could go toe-to-toe with Beller for the entire season, finishing with 450 points. Chris' season was ultimately unfortunately dealt a critical blow with an engine failure on the opening lap of the first race at the third round at Winton automatically becoming his worst round and unable to miss a beat for the rest of the year.   Lewis-Williams did his best to overcome the gap, and actually won the next four rounds outright, taking nine further race wins to go along with his race win in Race 3 of Round 2 at Phillip Island, but was unable to overcome the losses incurred earlier in the year, finishing the year with 10 race wins, 7 second places and 2 third places – placing on the podium in every race that he greeted the chequered flag – an impressive statistic!  3rd position went the way of Tony Westaway, after a great season in which he was the only other driver alongside Beller to finish every one [...]

Round 7. Phillip Island – Race 3

November 26th, 2017|0 Comments

The storm clouds refused to leave for the final race for the 2017 season, as another increase in the severity of the rain while the field waited in pre-grid ensured it would be another slippery affair for the scheduled 10 laps. Vince Misuraca got the better start off the soaking start line to lead into the first corner from Chris Lewis-Williams and Tony Westaway.  Dropping right back at the start was Cameron Beller, who didn't move off the line as he stalled and bogged down on the grid, allowing most of the field passed while he restarted and got moving. Codey West capitalised moving into fourth, ahead of Brad Winter and Paul Crocitti, who went either side of Jim Gallagher who was also slow to get away and slipped back to seventh position. Peter Doherty got a great start and was up to eighth through the first corner, ahead of Pedr James, Michael Westaway and an extra conservative Mark Taubitz. Marius Catrina was next in twelfth position, ahead of Ken Rowland, the recovering Beller, Keith Marriner, John Vainoras Dick Howe and Toni Andreevski. Not moving off the start line at all was Jim Mitchell,  pulling his car off onto the grass and retiring without crossing the start line. The field tippy-toed through turns one and two, with Peter Doherty spinning out of eighth position at Southern Loop, into the outside grass where he got bogged, with Marius Catrina also spinning on the inside on the exit of the corner, dropping him back down the order but was able to resume in fourteenth position. Another retirement was that of Howe, who pulled into the pits without completing a lap. Beller moved his way past Rowland, and then past Taubitz into Turn 1 at the beginning of Lap 2, moving him back [...]

Round 7. Phillip Island – Race 2

November 26th, 2017|0 Comments

The rainclouds descended across the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit overnight on Saturday and left a soaked and gloomy circuit to greet the 944 Challenge for their final race day for 2017. The first race of the day would be a 5 lap dash, and it was Chris Lewis-Williams who leapt into the lead on a very wet track while Cameron Beller bogged down off the line. Getting a great start into second position from fifth on the grid was Michael Westaway, with Tony Westaway in third ahead of Vince Misuraca, Beller, and another fast starter in Paul Crocitti. Mark Taubitz was next in seventh position ahead of Dick Howe. Jim Gallagher was next through with Brad Winter, Pedr James, Ken Rowland, Toni Andreevski, Peter Doherty, Codey West into fifteenth, followed by Marius Catrina, Keith Marriner, John Vainoras and Jim Mitchell. Lewis-Williams immediately started pulling a gap on the field, clearly the car and driver most in tune with the wet track which was headed by Tony Westaway after Michael Westaway spun out of second position on the second last corner of the first lap, dropping him all the way to seventeenth position before he got back on the track and up to speed. Brad Winter also had a moment dropping him down to sixteenth just ahead of Westaway, while pulling in to retire at the end of the lap was Dick Howe, leaving eighteen runners in the race. Across the line the first time it was Lewis-Williams comfortably ahead of Tony Westaway, Misuraca, Beller and Crocitti. Taubitz was next with Gallagher behind him, then James, Rowland and West up to tenth after moving ahead of Andreevski and Doherty. Doherty was next through ahead of Catrina and Marriner, with Andreevski following after a small moment, and Vainoras into fifteenth position [...]

Round 7. Phillip Island – Race 1

November 25th, 2017|0 Comments

Race 1 was held just after lunchtime in warm conditions, thought the threat of rain was looming... Two drivers werent able to take the start, as Marius Catrina lost drive on his way to pre-grid, along with Codey West who also was unable to take the start - though both would fortunately be back on the grid tomorrow for Race 2. Getting the best jump off the line was Vince Misuraca who swept around the outside of Pole Sitter Cameron Beller to lead into Southern Loop corner, with Chris Lewis-Williams slotting in behind them. Brad Winter and Tony Westaway ran through Turn 1 alongside behind them, with Winter prevailing in fourth positionwith the inside running. Next in sixth position was Mark Taubitz after getting a good start, ahead of Ken Rowland, Paul Crocitti, Michael Westaway and Pedr James. Jim Gallahger was next through in eleventh position, ahead of Keith Marriner, Peter Doherty and Dick Howe - the latter after stalling from sixth position at the start sending him back down the field. Jim Mitchell was next ahead of Ken Knight, with Toni Andreevski and John Vainoras rounding out the field. Beller took the wide line through Southern Loop in an attempt to move around Misuraca, but this allowed Lewis-Williams to sneak through on the inside and take the second position on the run to Stoner corner. Lewis-Williams moved to the left on the run to Honda corner and took the high line around the outside. He was able to remain alongside which gave him the inside run for Siberia corner, the prefered race line allowing him to move into the lead, with Beller following his move and moving into second at the same time, relegating Misuraca back to third. Misuraca moved alongside Beller under brakes for MG corner to attempt [...]

Round 7. Phillip Island – Qualifying

November 25th, 2017|0 Comments

Qualifying for the Island Magic event was bright and early on Saturday morning as the 20 car field headed onto the circuit just after 9am. Cameron Beller set the benchmark first up as he recorded a 1:50.4653 to top the times as the drivers set their first competitive lap, with Chris Lewis-Williams and Tony Westaway close together in second and third, with Chris's 1:50.8269 just ahead of Tony's 1:50.8873, with Vince Misuraca just behind in fourth with a 1:51.5914. A small gap back to Brad Winter in fifth with a 1:52.5070, with Ken Rowland sixth on a 1:52.7637. Mark Taubitz was next in seventh position with a 1:53.2489, just ahead of Michael Westaway's 1:53.2756, with Codey West (1:53.4850) and Dick Howe (1:53.7853) rounding out the top half of the field early on. Jim Gallagher was eleventh with a 1:54.5303, ahead of Keith Marriner on a 1:55.6032, Marius Catrina (1:55.7580) Paul Crocitti (1:57.4298) and Ken Knight fifteenth after recording a 1:59.0622 lap. Pedr James was sixteenth with a 1:59.5012, ahead of Toni Andreevski (1:59.8340) Peter Doherty (2:00.5180) John Vainoras (2:07.1545)and Jim Mitchell, who was having engine cut off issues with his car as he recorded a 2:38.6168 before pulling off the circuit. The top 5 all improved their times on the second lap, though the positions stayed the same, with Bellers fastest time now a 1:49.7070, from Lewis-Williams 1:49.7736, Westaway's 1:49.8268, Misuraca's 1:50.5769 and Winter's 1:50.9391. Michael Westaway recorded a 1:51.1300 to move himself up to sixth, ahead of Taubitz who ran a 1:51.7553 and remianed seventh, with West running a 1:52.3243. Mechanical issues for West meant he was unable to continue and put an end to his session. Moving up to tenth was Gallagher after recording a 1:53.2066, putting him behind Rowland who slipped to ninth spot. Crocitti moved up [...]

2017 Round 7 Preview – Phillip Island GP Circuit

November 18th, 2017|0 Comments

The seventh and final round of the 2017 944 Challenge is looming, and a strong field of 20 drivers are getting prepared for a big weekend of action at Phillip Island as this round coincides with the prestigious Island Magic Race Weekend. Here is a quick preview of who will be out on track this weekend: #1 Cameron Beller – Cam Beller has an unassailable points lead by virtue of the dropped worst round rule - however he will go into the weekend looking to finish on a high note to bookend his 2017 season. #37 Chris Lewis-Williams – Chris has secured second in the 2017 season pointscore, paying dearly for his Winton weekend and unable to threaten Beller for the series title. He will also look to be on the top step of the podium for Island Magic as he resumes his battle with Beller. #50 Tony Westaway – Tony has secured third outright in the points with a string of podium finishes throughout the year, another selection of podiums will be his plan for the weekend to underline his points position for the year. #45 Michael Westaway – Michael was again strong at Phillip Island last round, another good round will be his plan to stay fourth in the series points. #15 Vince Misuraca – After missing a few rounds Vince has slipped down the order and out of series contention, but can move back up to fourth with a strong weekend this weekend. #74 Mark Taubitz – Sixth in the points for Taubitz after an up and down season, he will be looking to stay in that spot with a consistent weekend. #8 Dick Howe – One of his best weekends for a while at Phillip Island with a podium finsih for the series veteran, he will look to continue that this weekend with another [...]

2017 944 Series

Final Pointscore

1stCameron Beller452
2ndChris Lewis-Williams450
3rdTony Westaway392
4thVince Misuraca353
5thMichael Westaway345
6thMark Taubitz281
7thRichard Howe222
8thKeith Marriner215
9thJohn Vainoras213
10thBrad Winter210
11thJames Gallagher208
12thLyndon Watson195
13thCodey West191
14thKen Rowland181
15thPaul Crocitti164
16thRob Holding161
17thMarius Catrina159
18thJames Mitchell138
19thPedr James122
20thRobert Lange115
21stAndrew Jackman94
22ndPeter Doherty94
23rdToni Andreevski76
24thBen Raphael62
25thRyan Woods59
26thSam Rofe52
27thRoss Millar39
28thPaul Greer0
29thKen Knight0

*Pointscore calculated with worst dropped round removed from total.

2017 Vic State Championship

Final Pointscore

1stCameron Beller476
2ndChris Lewis-Williams380
3rdTony Westaway359
4thVince Misuraca347
5thMichael Westaway277
6thLyndon Watson187
7thBrad Winter184
8thMark Taubitz176
9thCodey West168
10thRichard Howe147
11thJames Gallagher146
12thRobert Lange120
13thRob Holding118
14thKeith Marriner89
15thKen Rowland84
16thJohn Vainoras83
17thAndrew Jackman73
18thPaul Crocitti70
19thJim Mitchell70
20thMarius Catrina53
21stPedr James51
22ndSam Rofe46
23rdPeter Doherty38
24thBen Raphael34
25thRoss Millar26
26thPaul Greer0

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