Photos from the 944 Challenge Series Races and Events, and also behind the scenes.

2015 Presentation Night Wrap-up

Wednesday 20th of April was the night for the Annual Presentation night for the previous Seasons racing for the 944 Challenge. This year, the venue was Auscarts in Port Melbourne, where 29 drivers jumped into the karts for some fun before dinner and Trophy Presentation for the 2015 Award Winners commenced.

The form from the 2015 season continued on for the karts, with Lee Partridge winning the Consolation final, and Cameron Beller taking out the main final after a late race pass of Adam Mills on a restart, leading a very close quartet which also consisted of ex 944, and current Porsche Carrera Cup Dylan O’Keeffe, and ex-karter, and Son/Nephew of current 944 Drivers Tony & Michael Westaway – Jamie Westaway who will be making his debut in the Formula Ford category at Phillip Island.

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Kart 4 Kart 3

It showed the advantage that weight (or lack of it) makes a difference especially on underpowered karts on a tight and twisty track.. rumours that the combined weight of the top 4 drivers was less than 100kg dripping weight may have been a bit tongue in cheek, but not that far wide of the mark!

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Lee Partridge on the top step of the Consolation final podium, ahead of 2nd placed Ken Rowland and 3rd Place Vince Misuraca.

Cameron Beller took out outright honours ahead of Mills, O’Keeffe and Westaway.

Mark Lee 2

After Dinner the Trophies were handed out – starting off with Mark Taubitz who won the ‘Most Improved’ Award – a much better season in 2015 after the dramas of 2014 including a Damaged Engine followed up by a big crash at Sandown.

Rookie of the Year was a very deserving Lee Partridge – getting the #27 Porsche much higher than it ever probably should have been, including taking out one round at Phillip Island. Lee also took home the Trophy for the 3rd place finish for the season.

Cam 2 Cam 1

Cam Beller accepted his trophy for second overall  after a fantastic season in the 2015 944 Challenge.

Adam 1 Adam 2

Adam Mills accepted his Winner trophy, as well as custody of the Perpetual 944 Challenge trophy for 2015. Unfortunately for Adam, he will have to hand that back come the 2016 Award Presentation as he won’t be back until later in the season, where surely even a miracle will prevent him from being able to go back-to-back.

Top 3

The Top 3 Placegetters for 2015!

A great night was had by all, and a great turnout of members, crew and family which was great to see!

By |April 26th, 2016|Categories: News, 2016, 2015, Photos|0 Comments

2016 Season Preview!

Only 5 Days until practice 1 for the 2016 944 Challenge! Who will take the challenge to the two top runners from 2016, State Series and Overall series Champions, Adam Mills and Cameron Beller? Will we see a new competitor ready to take the challenge to these two? Or will we see a return to form for one of the experienced racers to challenge the two young chargers?

The Victorian State Race Series 2015 Championship winning car of Cameron Beller is undergoing some major repairs after the last race incident at Island Magic while hounding overall series winner Adam Mills for the lead. No doubt the boys will have the car repaired and back and as quick as ever! Some leaked progress shots taken from earlier in the week show the car in a state of undress, however it will no doubt be back together and ready to compete at the front of the field come next weekend!

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Rest assured 2014 champion Chris Lewis-Williams will want to return to his winning ways. Along with other previous winners Kane Rose, John Stanic, Vince Misuraca and Graham Smith, they won’t have an easy time of it this year!

As if that wasn’t enough to make for some fantastic action, there will also be those who got behind the wheel of a 944 in 2015 for the first time who will be looking to show even more speed and notch up their first wins – Lee Partridge, Brad Winter, as well as Winton 300 winners Paul Crocitti and Jason Miller will be amongst those guys.

Joining them on the grid for 2016 will be new runners Ben Raphael, Andrew Jackman, Keith Marriner and Chris O’Keffee, along with Ken Rowland in his newly built car.

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Not to forget the series regulars who will be looking to also shake up the front running order – Tony And Michael Westaway, Peter Doherty, Dick Howe, Marius Catrina, Jim Gallagher, Pedr James, Mark Taubitz and Sam Rofe will all be back in action – along with a rumour of a certain ‘blue machine’ which there are rumblings could be hopefully making a return to the track again after a year away from the track – it’s shaping up to be a cracking season of racing!!

By |February 28th, 2016|Categories: News, 2016, Photos|0 Comments

Race Report: Bathurst Motor Festival – Easter Weekend 2014

Six 944 drivers, along with friends and support, headed to Bathurst over the Easter weekend to test the amazing Mount Panorama, in one of the handful of racing days on the bathurst calendar. And none of us were disappointed!
Practice sessions , Qualifying sessions and three races. (Totalling 3 hours of racing.) It proved hard to beat.
Times started in the 2minute48s and worken down to the 2:44 category, but it was only a matter of time before we started to see a near flat 2 minute 40 by Brian in the regularity event.
All three races were marred by stalled cars on the start line with a lot of minor damage to the front running cars, (they might be quick, but they must be terrible to get started) allowing a few of us at different times to sneak forward in the pack.
In typical 944 style we had the normal problems with cars with similar times, with them being fast down the straight bits and slow on the curly pieces, but the fun on this track certainly outweighed this predicted problem.
Whilst the fun is the on-track experience, (Congrats to Danny on second place in class E, just pipped on the last lap) and to the stellar effort made by Dennis just to be out on the track.
This track is probably a bucket lister for most, my advice is – don’t leave it too late, as it doesn’t seem to be getting any easier to race at this place..
Whilst you can get a lot of laps under safety due to the cement walls, all in all, nothing matches a race weekend on one of the best tracks in the world.
I haven’t posted all the results as such is the weekend, they are really not that important.. being there with friends was!!
Hope a few more can join us next year.

By |April 24th, 2014|Categories: News, 2014, Photos, Videos|0 Comments