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 in sixth position in the points – and will aim to try to break into the to 5 by the end of the PI weekend.
#64 Keith Marriner – Keith was another who had a solid Sandown weekend, and with some further tweaks to his car will look to continue to move his way further forward in the field this weekend at PI and move further up in the points from his current eighth position.
#32 John Vainoras – John had a drama free weekend at Sandown as he familiarised himself with his new suspension system – he will be hoping to improve on his previous best times at Phillip Island this weekend and stay inthetop ten in the series points.
#8 Dick Howe – Dick showed speed and started his weekend well with a fourth position finish in race 1, but his weekend was damaged with a DNF in race 2 after a damaged exhaust, though he recovered well to fifth in the final race. He will look to move up the points order with a reliable weekend this upcoming round.
#13 Jim Gallagher – Jims weekend came to an early end at Phillip Island with an engine blow up in Race 2 putiing him out for the rest of the weekend. He returns with a fresh mill, and should be a force to be reckoned with after posting strong results at Phillip Island previously.
#22 Brad Winter – Returning for his first round of 2018 is Brad Winter – fresh from a podium finish at the PI venue at his last time out in November last year, Brad will be looking to open his 2018 points account strongly with a good trio of results.
#45 Michael Westaway – Michael is also having his frist round for 2018 after crewing for nephew Jamie at Round 1, he will look to show the younger Westaway a clean pair of heels this weekend ashe looks to start his 2018 season strongly.
#53 Peter Doherty – The series veteran returns for his first round of 2018 and will also look for some good performance after some improvements to the #53 944 in the off season, and will be no doubt aiming for some top ten results this weekend.
#27 Toni Andreevski – Work commitments kept Toni away from Round 1 at Sandown, but he rejoins the series for Round 2 in his second visit to Phillip Island aboard his 944. Improvements also for Toni’s car will see him also hoping to be vying for a top ten throughtout the weekend.
#26 Tim Petrusic – A welcome return after a 3.5 year absence is Tim Petrusic. Extensive work to his car after a crash in 2018 will see Tim dipping his toe back in the water and not putting any pressure on himself for results this weekend – but that may change whenthe visor comes down and the lights go out!
Unpredicatble weather is forecast for the weekend, some will be hoping for rain while others will be doing an anti-rain dance! Qualifying kicks off at 9:10am on Saturday morning – come on down!