Round 6. Phillip Island – Race Preview

Round 6. Phillip Island – Race Preview

This coming weekend will see a return to Phillip Island for the last round of the 2016 Victorian State Race Championships – now that the MotoGP guys are done racing there, let’s check out who is making the trip to the iconic track in the hope of claiming a trophy or two for this round..

#15 Vince Misuraca. Vince comes into the final round of the State series with the upper hand in points after the dramas for Cameron Beller at Winton, and needs a quick, safe, consistant, trouble-free weekend  in order to be able to clinch the 2016 State Series.

#55 Cameron Beller.  Cameron Beller had a horror weekend at Winton with one DNF and also losing a 2nd place finish with mechanical dramas, and will come out all guns blazing in an attempt to secure as many race wins as possible to try to secure back-to-back Vic State Series Titles.

#37 Chris Lewis-Williams. While mathematically still in the fight for the State Series Title, the missed Sandown round meant there would have to be major dramas for the top 2 for Chris to be able to swoop on the State Series Title. In the 944 Pointscore however, the dropped worst round means the battle between he and Beller & Misruaca is very close, and up for grabs for anyone, so every position will count as in the last 6 races for the 944 Challenge Title.

#50 Tony Westaway. Tony is the last driver with a mathematical chance at the State series going into the round, but would also need to benefit from misfortune for the top, along with topping Lewis-Williams for the weekend in order to capitalise. He will be looking to extend a small gap in the overall series points over Michael Westaway however with some good results at Phillip Island.

#45 Michael Westaway. Micheal remains in fifth in the series points after a strong season so far, although the previous round held at Phillip Island was the worst round of his season to date. He will be hoping to turn that form around for this weekend as he attempts to overcome a small gap to Tony Westaway in the series points to move into fourth in the Series points, while he will look to finish ahead of Mark Taubitz this weekend in order to claim 5th in the State Series Pointscore.

#74 Mark Taubitz. Another solid weekend at Winton with a 5th position for the round for Taubitz, he will be hoping to finish ahead of Michael Westaway in order to snare the 5th place in the State Series for 2016.

#98 Pedr James. Pedr sits in 8th in the series points going into the last round, and will be coming off a good last round at Winton where he will be hoping to consolidate that position, and perhaps sneak up one spot in the final pointscore.

#22 Brad Winter. Brad suffered in the points after missing the Winton round, but may still be able to move a couple of spots up from 9th if he has a strong weekend. The dropped worst round will help him in the 944 Series points however, with a 6th position achievable with a couple of strong rounds.

#8 Richard Howe. Dick Howe only managed to compete in the final race at Winton with a couple of niggling dramas affecting his weekend, so reliability will be top of his agenda. There will be a battle of pride on the line as Dick will want to ensure he finishes in the State Series pointscore against….

#27 John Goddard. John has taken back the keys to the Plaza Auto Sales Porsche from Lee Partridge, fresh from getting the car onto the podium at Winton. John has only been at two rounds this year so far but strong finishes in both rounds see him knocking on the door to take a 10 in state series points if he can have another solid weekend.

#4 Ken Rowland returns to the Phillip Island where he debuted his new car earlier this year, and based on his great results and speed at Winton, he will be competing to have the car much closer to the front this time out!

#29 Ben Raphael.  Ben is coming back to the scene of his 944 debut in April, and has made huge strides with his speed since then – as a result we will see a big improvement in his lap times as he again doubles up with a cross entry into sports cars to increase his track time.

#20 Andrew Jackman. Andrew makes his debut at Phillip Island with his 944 and will hope for a trouble free weekend after his dramas in the final race at Winton saw him record a DNF.

#64 Keith Marriner. Keith is also making his Phillip Island debut this weekend, and will look to duking it out with the other 944 series regulars as he acclimatises himself with the picturesque track!

#6 Robert Lange. Robert returns for his second round for 2016 after he encountered some mechanical issues at his first round in 4 years at Sandown. A front row qualifying spot however showed he, and his car have lost none of their series winning speed. While obviously not in contention for this years title, he may prove a factor in deciding the results as he will be battling at the pointy end of the field!

We have a few regulars who will be unfortunately absent for this round, Jason Miller who is unable to make the trip down to Victoria due to work commitments, Jim Gallagher, Marius Catrina and Ross Millar who are all out of the country on business commitments as well as Peter Doherty with family commitments.

Another fantastic round of motorsport is promised this weekend, come on down and enjoy the sights, smells, and the sounds of some fantastic close racing as the 944’s are joined at Phillip Island along with the rest of the State Series brigade!

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