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 finish this weekend at Winton to consolidate his strong points position.
#64 Keith Marriner – Keith moved up to sixth in the points following the Phillip Island round, another proving consistancy is key to holding a strong points result. Keith had his best results at Winton last year, and he will also be looking to improve on that this weekend at the tight rural venue.
#8 Dick Howe – Dick again showed good speed at Phillip Island and banked good points to move up on the points ladder after his DNF in Race 2 at Sandown pegged him further back in the points. A good weekend could see him back into the top 5 in points.
#46 Jim Mitchell – Jim didn’t have as strong a weekend at Phillip Island, and a DNF in Race 1 dropped him down the order. Winton will present a different outcome and he will look to move back up the points with a consistant weekend.
#45 Michael Westaway – Michael had his first 2018 outing at Phillip Island and had a strong weekend, with Winton historically being a venue he has had some fantastic results, he will certainly have his eyes on the podium, and perhaps more..
#26 Tim Petrusic – A welcome return after a 3.5 year absence is Tim Petrusic. Extensive work to his car after a crash in 2014 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 when the visor comes down and the lights go out!
#98 Pedr James – Pedr had a less than stellar weekend at Sandown and sat out Round 2, but returns for Round 3 with expectations to get his 2018 season onto the right track at Winton, a track he has also been strong at in the past.
#13 Jim Gallagher – Jim’s is another who will be looking to get his 2018 season back on track after an engine failure at Sandown and a last minute withdrawl from the Phillip Island round. A good drama-free weekend will be top of the priority list for Jim this weekend!
#26 Tim Petrusic – Tim made a welcome return to the series at Phllip Island, and performed strongly all weekend in his first time back on track since 2014, and ran comfortably in the mid pack throughout the event. Tim will hope to continue that encouraging return form at Winton this weekend.
#77 Codey West – Having his first round in the 944 Challenge for 2018 this weekend is Codey West, 12 months from his impressive debut in the series at this round in 2017. Codey showed strong speed at his first time at the Winton venue, and with much more experience under his belt, he will also be looking to challenge the top runners this weekend!
Unpredicatble weather is looming, with rain forecast through the weekend, surely some of the on track action will be in the wet… which could throw up some surprise results…Qualifying kicks off at 8:30am on Saturday morning – come on down!