Historic Round Exhibition Event. Sandown – Race 2

Historic Round Exhibition Event. Sandown – Race 2

Race 2 on Sunday morning saw Cameron Beller again get a good jump to lead away, before Chris Oxley’s BMW was able to use its superior power to move past totake the lead into Turn 1 ahead of Beller. Michael Holdcroft also got a great start and charged between the second row cars of Jamie Westaway and Mark Taubitz to be third into Turn 1, with Westaway and Taubitz following.

Pedr James made a strong start and pulled alongside Taubitz under brakes for Turn 1, but settled in for sixth ahead of Peter Doherty, Jim Mitchell, with Brian Bourke and Alex Jory roundingout the top ten. Dick Howe was next with Tim Freeman, Rory Plant and John Vainoras rounding out the field, though Plant would not complete the lap before retiring.

Taubitz and Westaway ran side by side through Turns two and three before Taubitz prevailed in fourth position, although Westaway was able to get in the slipstream down the back straight and pulled alongside Taubitz, taking fourth position back entering the esses.

Behind them, Howe made his way past the two E30’s of Jory and Bourke down the back straight, before passing Mitchell for eighth position on the run out of Dandenong Road corner, with Bourke also passing Mitchell down the front straight. Howe continued to move forward as he passed Doherty down the back straight on lap two and set his sights on James in front. Further up the order, Westaway repeated his move from the previous lap on Holdcroft, moving up to third while Beller was all over Oxley trying to find an advantage on the BMW.

Howe closed up to James and was on his rear bumper exiting Dandenong Road corner, before he suddenly pulled into pitlane to retire at the end of lap 3

At the end of lap 4 it was Oxley from Beller, Westaway, Holdcroft, Taubitz, James, Doherty, Bourke, Mitchell, Jory, Freeman and Vainoras.

Westaway moved himself up to second position on Lap 5 as he again made a pass down the back straight, this time on Beller to try to find a way past Oxley. Doherty meanwhile found himself coming out on the losing side after a touch from Bourke in the E30, dropping him from seventh position back to eleventh behind Mitchell, Jory and Freeman.

Westaway was unable to find a way past Oxley and would follow him across the line again, this time earning the second position with no time penalties and taking consolation in securing the fastest race lap. Beller was third right behind Westaway, Holdcroft was fourth in the first E30 BMW, with Taubitz in fifth position.

James slipped away from Taubitz’s bumper to finish an uncontested sixth, with Bourke, Mitchell, Jory and Freeman rounding out the Top Ten, with Doherty finishing eleventh ahead of Vainoras in twelfth position.

1 race to go, could the ‘David’ Porsches conquer the ‘Goliath’ BTCC winning BMW in the final race??


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