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Sep 23, 2012

ROSE SECURES 2012 GT3 CUP CHALLENGE TITLE WITH PHILLIP ISLAND RACE WIN

Victorian racer Kane Rose has secured the 2012 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Australia title with victory in the opening race at Phillip Island.

Rose’s preparation for the Phillip Island round was hampered when his Porsche suffered substantial damage at the series' penultimate round at Queensland Raceway. Fellow Porsche driver Stephen Grove came to his assistance, lending Rose his spare Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car for the season finale.

Rose made the most of the gesture, taking victory in Saturday’s Race 1 and securing the 2012 Porsche title.

Rose started the day by gaining pole position after the series’ closest qualifying session this year – the fastest eight drivers split by only 0.2149 seconds.

Rose then pulled away from the field in the race until a Lap 2 incident at the exit of MG Corner involving John Goodacre, Jon Trende, Brent Odgers, Philip Woodbury and Jeff Bobik brought out the safety car. Woodbury and Bobik continued the race, while the other three drivers failed to finish after sustaining race-ending damage.

Rose led on the restart from Fraser Ross, whose race ended shortly after on Lap 7 when challenging for the lead.

Michael Almond then progressed to second, however Rose was unstoppable at the front of the field, eventually taking the win and securing the 2012 Outright title.

“I’m absolutely rapt to win the series. With the help of Stephen we were able to get a car, put it on the track, win the race and win the championship,” said Rose.

“We’ve had a great year. The Queensland round aside, it couldn’t have gone any better. We had a lot of fun and there’s great camaraderie between the competitors, so it’s a great series to be involved with.

“We knew we were in with a good chance for the title at the start of the year, but there are plenty of quick drivers. We had a strong, consistent year with good pace. We thought we had a chance to win, but to actually do it is fantastic.

“We’ll go out there tomorrow and race hard, but we want to bring the car home straight too; it is Stephen’s car. We’ll race with our head, but we’ll be pushing.”

South Australian Almond finished the opening race in second from John Morriss, Adam Marjoram, John Modystach, Bobik, Woodbury, Grove, Rob Knight and newcomers John Karytinos and Tim Miles in 10th and 11th, respectively.

While Rose celebrated the title win, Almond was also pleased with his result, the first time racing in his newly acquired Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car.

“We put in a good time in qualifying and had a reasonable start. I was then fortunate to avoid the carnage at MG Corner; I had a bit of luck on my side,” said Almond.

“The new car is fantastic; it’s been a great transition. I was fortunate enough to be able to get a new car and get the good result.”

Rose now holds an unassailable 83 point lead over Modystach, with Bobik a further eight points behind.

Sunday’s Race 2 and Race 3 – the final two races of the 2012 season – will be streamed live from the Phillip Island round of the Shannons Nationals Motor Racing Championships at www.thenationals.com.au.