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Aug 12, 2012

ODGERS AND WOODBURY SECURE MAIDEN VICTORY IN QUEENSLAND

Hard charger Brent Odgers has secured his maiden Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Australia round win at Queensland Raceway this weekend in a round that capped three new race victors.

Following Michael Almond’s maiden race win on Saturday, Odgers claimed his first victory in the Porsche category in Sunday’s opening race, taking the lead from the start.

The race was soon stopped after a three-car crash at Turn 3, which saw the car of Andrew Menzies make contact with Almond and series leader Kane Rose; ending the trio’s weekend.

Odgers lead on the restart with John Modystach, Jeff Bobik and Adam Marjoram in tow.

Odgers however gained a substantial gap on the field, which he maintained to the chequered flag to become the 18th different GT3 Cup Challenge race winner in the series’ history.

Modystach finished comfortably in second position while Marjoram and Philip Woodbury endured a mid-race battle, with Woodbury taking third and Marjoram fourth.

Rob Knight continued his best-ever GT3 Cup Challenge round by finishing fifth from a closely battling John Goodacre and John Morriss in sixth and seventh, respectively.

Brendan Cook also secured his best result in the category with eight, while Bobik failed to finish after suffering from a damaged radiator.

In the second race Woodbury gained the lead early and pulled away from the field to eventually take the chequered flag from Odgers and Marjoram, who had his best race result for the category in third place, finishing ahead of Morriss, Bobik, Knight, Cook and Modystach.

With Woodbury’s victory, the Queensland Raceway round was the first time for the category where three drivers secured their maiden race win at the same event.

“It was pretty exciting,” said Woodbury. “We had great pace at the start of the weekend and then we had a DNF in the first race; but we clawed back in the second race to get within the front guys and pretty much just drove away in the last race, which was great for us all.”

Second in the final race and first for the round was Odgers, who was ecstatic with the victory in his maiden GT3 Cup Challenge season, finishing ahead of first-time podium-getter Marjoram and Modystach, who was third for the round.

“This was beyond my expectations, to be honest. I’d hoped at the start of the weekend to get onto the podium after having two fourth place finishes in the last two rounds, but to get my first race win and to get the round win is incredible,” said Odgers.

After a tough round Rose continues in the lead of the Outright standings, now with a reduced 70 points margin on Modystach, with Bobik a further six points adrift in third.

Rose’s lead isn’t as substantial in the 997 Cup Class standings with only seven points covering the Victorian and rivals Modystach and Bobik entering the final round of the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Australia series, which will be held at Phillip Island on September 21-23, 2012.