We are on the eve of practice as the 944 Challenge hit the track to prepare for Round 4 of the 2018 Victorian State Circuit Racing Championships!
Here is the preview for this round as we have a Throwback Thursday to Round 1 at Sandown in March this year.
#28 Jamie Westaway – Jamie has taken the series lead in the 944 Challenge point score after a fantastic result last round at Winton with two race wins and a second position. Can he keep up the momentum this weekend and extend his point gap?
#1 Cameron Beller – Cam had an uncharacteristic mistake which cost him the point lead at Winton with a DNF in Race 1, though he rebounded well to win the final race. He will be looking to repeat his Round 1 performance to close the points gap to Jamie Westaway.
#74 Mark Taubitz – Mark had a great run at Winton earning a trio of podium finishes to strengthen his third position in the points. Can he keep that momentum going at Sandown this weekend and repeat his Winton performance?
#64 Keith Marriner – Vaulting up to fourth in the points after a consistent weekend where he was third outright is Keith Marriner. Proving consistency and finishing is the key to a good points haul, Keith will be fighting to keep himself in his well earned position as he continues tweaking and revising his car as he shrinks the gap to the front runners.
#5 Lyndon Watson – Lyndon was again running well at Winton, though was cruelly dealt a DNF when a fuel pump failed in Race 2 after he led the first lap in the wet conditions, which dropped him back to fifth in points. A strong showing at Round 1 at Sandown will be his benchmark for his performance this weekend.
#46 Jim Mitchell – Jim again gathered points to hold onto his good points position in the series standings, despite struggling with a setup he was comfortable with in the tricky wet conditions. A dry forecast will be what Jim will be looking to attempt to replicate his Round 1 performance.
#45 Michael Westaway – Michael also showed good speed at Winton despite a race 1 spin was on track for a great weekend with a 4th and 3rd place finishes in races 1 & 2 before his car came to a halt on the warm up lap for race 3. A strong showing this weekend might make up for some of that disappointment for Michael this weekend.
#8 Dick Howe – Dick missed the Winton round but returns for Sandown, and will no doubt be a force to be reckoned with on the long straights at Sandown Raceway. Will he throw a cat amongst the pidgeons with those fighting for the title?
#32 John Vainoras – John also missed the round at Winton but returns to Sandown fresh from some extra testing in his car – and he will certainly be looking to mix it up with his rivals this weekend on the track.
#98 Pedr James – Pedr was one of a few drivers who came unstuck at Winton at the very slippery Turn 2 area on Friday practice and having burnt the midnight oil to get his car repaired in time for Sandown this weekend, he will be hoping for a trouble free run!
#27 Toni Andreevski – Toni returns to the series after missing the Winton Round, fresh with a new Motec system in the iconic #27 Porsche after his impromptu Phillip Island BBQ…. This will be Toni’s first race weekend at Sandown so we will keep an eye on his performance across the round!
The weather is hopefully going to stay dry for the weekend, though rain is scheduled for Friday practice… 944 Qualifying kicks off at 11:45am on Saturday morning with on track action for other classes starting at 9:15am. Come on down!
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The 944 Challenge has grown from its beginnings in 1999 when a handful of eager 944 owners regularly entered in the Marque Sports class of the Victorian Motor Racing Championship. 2022 will mark the 23rd year of racing for the 944 Challenge series!