Round 4. Sandown – Race 2

Round 4. Sandown – Race 2

Race 2 of the 944 Challenge at Sandown was an 11 lap race which would count as the feature race for the State Series pointscore for the weekend, and was held late Sunday morning in the cold and windy conditions at Sandown Raceway.

Jim Mitchell was a non starter for race 2, unable to get the car onto the grid after his Race 1 issues, but would make the grid for Race 3 later in the afternoon.

Cameron Beller and Vince Misuraca were even away from the front row in the race to the front corner, thought Beller would prevail in the front position as the field rounded turn 1. Brad Winter made a good jump and was third leading into the first corner but lost ground and dropped back to sixth as Chris Lewis-Williams, Dick Howe and Lyndon Watson all made their way past Winter on the run to turn two.

Tony Westaway was next in seventh position ahead of Codey West, while Paul Crocitti had a moment and spun in turn two as Michael Westaway took avoiding action. This allowed Rob Holding to move past into ninth position ahead of Westaway, with Rob Holding next from Jim Gallagher who started from the rear of the grid after missing Race 1. John Vainoras was next with Paul Crocitti resuming in last to start another chase of the field!

Winter moved past Watson to take the fifth position on lap 2, while Michael Westaway had a moment and slipped two positions back behind Gallagher, who moved up to tenth, and Jackman, while Crocitti moved past Vainoras for thirteenth.

The front three were pulling away in unison with all setting similar lap times, while West had a drama on lap 4, dropping back to twelfth position, which helped Holding move up to eighth spot, from Gallagher, Jackman and Michael Westaway.

Jackman then had a moment of his own on the following lap, with a big slide in Turn 1 which saw Michael Westaway back into tenth position, with West and Crocitti both moving up a position as Jackman resumed in thirteenth.

Lewis-Williams was looking every which was to make a move past Misuraca, and finally succeeded on lap 7 to take the second position, and then set off after Beller. A lap later, the Tony Westaway and Lyndon Watson battle from race 1 continued on as Westaway passed Watson for sixth position on lap 8, while Michael Westaway also moved up a position, displacing Gallagher for ninth on the same lap.

The battle for fourth position between Howe & Winter heated right up as the two cars battled hard for position at the end of the lap after Howe locked a brake into Dandenong Road, giving Winter the opportunity to try to capitalise. There was contact between the two through the last couple of corners, with Winter ahead as the cars crossed the line to end lap 9, though unfortunately both cars were off the track at the end of Turn 1 and out of the race. As a result, Watson moved back past Westaway once again, into what was now fourth position, with Westaway in fifth. Rob Holding was now sixth, with Michael Westaway behind him in seventh.

West found himself back up to eighth after passing Gallagher during the lap, with Crocitti behind Gallagher in tenth, ahead of Jackman in eleventh, with Vainoras in twelfth.

Lewis-Williams was closing the gap to Beller, aided by setting the races fastest lap on Lap 8 with a 1:24.9251. As Lewis-Williams closed during the first few corners on the final lap and made his move under brakes for Dandenong Road corner for the last time, moving through to take the lead for the last few corners to take the chequered flag from Beller with Misuraca rounding out the podium six seconds further adrift. Watson scored his best result with fourth position ahead of Tony Westaway in fifth, and Michael Westaway moving up to sixth with a pass on Rob Holding on the final lap, with Holding crossing the line in seventh.

Codey West was eighth ahead of Jim Gallagher, and Paul Crocitti in tenth, with Andrew Jackman and John Vainoras rounding out the twelve finishers.

So Chris Lewis-Williams was able to break Cameron Bellers winning streak,and left both drivers with a win each. Who would triumph in the last race??


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