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Sep 20, 2012

GT3 GENEROSITY AIDS ROSE IN PHILLIP ISLAND TITLE FIGHT

The 2012 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Australia title will be decided at Phillip Island Shannons Nationals Presented by Hi-Tec Oils round this weekend, with friendly rivalry coming to the aid of the 2012 series favourite.

Points leader Kane Rose’s campaign for the 2012 title suffered a blow when his Porsche departed the last round at Queensland Raceway with substantial damage after a Race 2 accident. Rose, therefore, was left without a race car for the Phillip Island finale.

Fellow Porsche competitor Stephen Grove, however, came to the aid of the Victorian young gun, offering the use of his spare Grove Group Porsche GT3 Cup car for the final round. Rose accepted the offer, and will now line up in Grove’s 2006 Type 997 Porsche GT3 Cup car carrying the branding of Melbourne’s Cheapest Cars and the Grove Group.

“Once we had the bingle at Queensland Raceway, Steve said that he had a spare car for me to finish the championship off in. No money changed hands, just a kind-hearted gesture. That helped us out a lot,” said Rose.

“The season has gone perfectly, apart from the Queensland Raceway round. We’ve had a good run; won a lot of races and had good pace all year. We then had the one incident at Queensland, but you get that from time to time.

“The competition this year has stepped up and there are probably seven people who can genuinely win races, which makes it exciting, but you definitely have to work a lot harder.”

The Phillip Island round will also see two new drivers enter the GT3 Cup Challenge category, with John Karytinos and Tim Miles taking to the Porsche field in the 997 Cup Class.

Fraser Ross also returns to the series, along with Jon Trende, who will make his 20th GT3 Cup Challenge round start this weekend.

Entering the Phillip Island round, Rose holds a convincing 70 point lead over John Modystach in the Outright standings, with the series’ most capped driver, Jeff Bobik, a further six points behind in third position from Brent Odgers, John Goodacre, John Morriss and Michael Almond.

While Rose has a lengthy lead in the Outright points, his grasp on the 997 Cup Class trophy isn't as strong, sitting only five and seven points from Modystach and Bobik, respectively, after Rose only competed in a Type 997 Porsche from the second round of the season onwards.

Behind the leading trio in the 997 Cup Class in points are Odgers and Goodacre, who sit 35 and 40 points, respectively, behind class leader Rose.

All Sunday’s racing from the Phillip Island round of the Shannons Nationals Motor Racing Championships, including Race 2 and Race 3 of Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Australia, will be streamed live at www.thenationals.com.au.