2017 Round 5 Preview – Mallala Motorsport Park

2017 Round 5 Preview – Mallala Motorsport Park

Mallala Raceway in South Australia was the venue for the fifth round of the 2017 944 Challenge, and a field of 15 drivers made the trek across the border for the first time in 6 years to roar around four races for the weekend, courtesy of Yokohama Tyres & Traction Tyres.

Here is a quick preview of who entered:

#1 Cameron Beller – Beller is leading the points race in his attempt for back-to-back 944 series titles, with 8 wins so far this year-and will be looking to add to that tally..

#37 Chris Lewis-Williams – Chris bounced back from his Winton disappointment with a round victory at Sandown including two victories despite qualifying a lowly eighth. He will need a consistant end to the year to vie for the series title after having used his mulligan..

#50 Tony Westaway – Another solid points weekend for Tony at Sandown, he will look to add to is podium tally at Mallala.

#45 Michael Westaway – Michael was on track for another good weekend of points at Sandown before spinning off on the last lap of he weekend on his way to a DNF.. He will be looking to make up for that result at Mallala.

#74 Mark Taubitz – Mark didn’t compete inany of the racing at Sandown after his qualifying mishap, but with the car repaired and looking as good as new, the team will be making the trek over to SA to put the nightmare of Sandown behind him..

#32 John Vainoras – John makes the trek to Mallala and will bebouyed by the fact that he will have the same level of track experience as most of the field at the venue – and looking for some good results!

#8 Dick Howe – Dick had a weekend at Sandown to put behind him, and a good weekend of racing at Mallala should provide him with the chance to do exactly that!

#46 Jim Mitchell – Jim also had a troublesome Sandown, and is hoping a cross of the border will help him string together some solid reliabilty to match the cars speed..

#16 Paul Crocitti – Paul returned at Sandown after a couple of missed rounds and showed good car speed, but was unable to stitch together results respective of that speed – he will be looking to be well inside the top ten at Mallala..

#4 Ken Rowland – After entering for Sandown but unfortunately unable to be readied for the race weekend, Kens focus shifted to Mallala with his repaired 944 after its Phillip Island shunt. Ken will be another looking for some good top ten results at Mallala.

#98 Pedr James – Pedr’s trek around the country has timed in with meeting his fellow 944 racers at Mallala, while son Brad brings the car across from Victoria to meet him at the track – no doubting this familys commitment to their racing!!

#64 Keith Marriner – Keith missed Sandown but will be back at Mallala and look to see if he can improve on his best every results that he achieved at Winton in June!

#12 Marius Catrina – Marius returns to the track after two missed rounds at Winton and Sandown, and as one of a few drivers to compete at the circuit in 2011, will hope that expeirnce will help him get some top 10 results.

#17 Ryan Woods – Ryan returns to the 944 series for the first time in a year after taking an impressive wet race win at Phillip Island in 2016. Ryan could be thdark horse agn this weekend, especially if the heavens open…

#27 Toni Andreevski – Toni is making his debut in the familiar Red & White #27 944 Porsche and is a welcome addition to the field! Recent testing speed indicates he will be mixing it up with the regular 944 competitors from the outset!

A number of regulars will unfortunately be missing this round for various reasons:

#15 Vince Misuraca is unable to make the journey across to SA and will use this as his ‘dropped round’ in the points which will keep him in the running for the 2017 series title.

#22 Brad Winter – Brad was unable to attend the Mallala event despite his Sandown accidend – and will hopefully be back at Phillip Island at the end of September.

#5 Lyndon Watson – Lyndon has come off some fantastic results at Winton and Sandown, but will miss the SA round, returning at Phillip Island.

#13 Jim Gallagher – Jim is also unable to attend at Mallala but will return for the next round of the series at Phillip Island.

#97 Rob Holding – Rob is also up at the other end of the country and will miss the Mallala round but another that will return for the Island.

#77 Codey West – Codey was also unable to make the interstate journey across to SA, but also should be back on track at Phillip Island

#20 Andrew Jackman -Andrew was unfortunately booked in to race at Phillip Island at the Mallala race weekend, so the #20 Porsche is resting inthe garage at home, and will be wheeled out for PI in September!

Qualifying commences at 10:35am on Saturday (SA time) with Race 1 at 1:50pm and Race 2 at 4:00.
Sunday will see the 10 lap Race 3 held at 10:30 with a 12 lap final at 2:00pm!

Share this post

Related Posts