The fifth and final round of the 2019 Victorian State Racing Championships is on this weekend, which is also the penultimate round of the 2019 944 Challenge Championship.
With the prize of the coveted experience aboard a Current spec Porsche 911 GT3 Carrera Cup Car up for grabs to the winning or highest placed eligible driver, there is a lot at stage this weekend! Let’s have a look at the entries for this weekend:
#1 Cameron Beller – Cameron moves back to the top of the Vic State Championship pointscore after another perfect round at Sandown – but he sits only 3 points ahead of Tony Westaway going into this final round as a result of scoring no points at Winton in June. He will hope to take back the Vic State Championship title he lost in 2018 – a repeat of his Phillip Island performance in May will help him do that.
#28 Tony Westaway – Tony sits just behind Beller on the points for the State Series, with whoever comes out on top between the two this weekend likely to take the State Championship title. Due to his previous winning of the prize, Beller in ineligible to again secure the GT3 Cup Drive, which Tony can secure for himself in Race 1 this weekend if he has a good finish.
#99 John Kennedy – John returns after missing the last round of the series at the Shannon’s Nationals event, which sees him still in fourth place in the Vic State Series, and with a great chance to finish in the top three if he has a weekend as good as the others he has pulled off this season.
#4 Ken Rowland – Ken has had one of his most consistent seasons and sees him sitting in fifth position in the State Series points heading into this final round – he will battle with Kennedy to see who can take gone the third position in the series at the end of the weekend.
#31 Adam Brewer – Adam has had a wonderful first season where he scored his first podium finishes at the last round at Winton – he is only a handful of points behind Rowland so a good result this weekend could see him vaulting up as high as third in the points by the end of the weekend.
#66 Tim Wolfe – Tim has had a solid introductory year to the 944 Challenge this year, and with consistency finds himself with sights set on a seventh place finish in the points this year if he puts together a strong weekend.
#3 Mark Taubitz – Mark finally had a relatively trouble-free weekend at Winton last round, but that hasn’t helped him in the State Championships where he sits in 10th in the points going into the final round.
#8 Dick Howe – Dick had a great round at the last State Round at Sandown culminating in third position in the final race for the weekend, and subsequently the round outright – he will hope to continue that strong run on this weekend.
#21 Clayton Sinclair – Clayton returns for this round at Phillip Island for the final round of the Vic State Series Championships and will have his eyes set on a top ten in the series points of things go his way this weekend!
#98 Pedr James – Pedr is returning to the circuit as the most recent race winner after taking out the final race and the Dennis O’Keefe cup at Winton – as he is slowly creeping up on getting his new car up to the same speed as his previous ride which was damaged at Sandown.
#32 John Vainoras – John has shown some good improvements in the most recent rounds, and will look to keep that improvement curve going as he enters the Phillip Island round this weekend.
#45 Michael Westaway – Michael was again at the pointy end of the field at Winton and again showed fantastic speed at the weekend, only having Cam Beller going faster across the weekend. He will look for a good result after mechanical woes at the last round at PI kept him out of the results over the weekend.
#33 Andrew Jones – Andrew returns after missing two rounds after an operation, and had some renewed passion to close the gap to the pack in front and move forward in the field, great to have him back!
#53 Peter Doherty – Peter finally had some joy with reliability after his mechanical issues were solved at Winton and he completed all three races on the weekend. He enters Phillip Island with a pep in his step and top tens in his sights!
#85 Daniel Petselis – Daniel is another debutante for the 2019 944 Challenge series having taken the driving duties from the newly acquired ex-Brad Winter 944. With former rookie of the year Lee Partridge assisting Daniel, we are sure the 17-year-old will represent himself well and get up to speed quickly!
Missing this round will be Lyndon Watson, along with Toni Andreevski who is over at the Porsche homeland in Germany and will slip from his sixth place position in the State Series points.
Also absent will be Keith Marriner who was a last-minute withdrawal from the round, along with Jim Mitchell, Marius Catrina and Rob Holding. Andrew Jackman will be in attendance, but without his car as he prepares for the 2020 season with his race car.
The weather at this point looks like it will be fine all weekend after some heavy rain on Friday interrupted the practice running. Looks like being an exciting weekend ahead!!