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Jun 23, 2013

MUSCAT AND GOODACRE TAKE WINTON ROUND WIN

Series front-runner Richard Muscat has claimed his second consecutive round clean sweep at the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Australia presented by Pirelli series’ third round at Winton Motor Raceway, while John Goodacre impressed with the Elite Class victory and second outright for the round.

Following victory in Saturday’s opening race, Muscat continued at the front in Sunday’s Race 2, pulling away from the field to take a four-second win from Goodacre, Fraser Ross and John Morriss, who were all embroiled in an exciting three-way contest for second for the majority of the race.

Stephen Grove drove impressively to place fifth ahead of Michael Almond, Peter Fitzgerald, Jack Falla, Scott Taylor and Phil Woodbury, who overcame gearbox dramas on Saturday only to be forced to make a tyre change in Race 2 to finish 10th.

Goodacre then jumped to the front of the field at the start of Race 3 and led for the opening three laps until Muscat again took the lead of the race and drove to a nine-second victory from Goodacre, Woodbury, Almond and Morriss. Fitzgerald finished in fifth from Grove, Taylor, Ross, John Karytinos and Falla.

Muscat was pleased with his sixth straight win of the season and his second round victory of 2013.

“We’re on a great streak at the moment and the guys at the team are doing a great job at the moment,” said Muscat.

“Racing in Carrera Cup at Rennsport and a day of testing at Winton really helped. This is Victoria’s main test track, so I’ve done a lot of laps here."

Muscat, who now leads the Professional Class by 45 points over Almond, added that he is not yet focussing on the championship chase.

“We’ll still take it race by race and the championship will sort itself out."

Meanwhile Goodacre was ecstatic with scoring second for the round and his third straight Elite Class round win.

“We had an awesome weekend. It was great to get the Elite Class win, but it was even better to come second outright for the round ahead of some of the Professional Class drivers,” said Goodacre.

“I’ve won every race so far this year in the Elite Class except one. We hope to continue the rest of the year well and hopefully win the rest.

“My aim is to always finish in the top three overall in each round; I’m always going for the outright win. I always want to race up the front with the best guys in the field, so it’s great to mix it with them and, on occasions, beat them.”

Muscat’s race win clean sweep was made sweeter with three fastest laps, one of which, with a time of 1:33.1023, breaking the previous lap record. This follows Muscat setting the new lap record at Sydney Motorsport Park in May; a result of new talent to the category and the inclusion of Pirelli to the series.

The Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Australia presented by Pirelli series will next visit Sydney Motorsport Park, returning to the New South Wales circuit on July 13-14, 2013.

Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Australia presented by Pirelli standings - after Round 3

Professional Class - Top 5
1. Richard Muscat - 264
2. Michael Almond - 219
3. Fraser Ross - 199
4. Peter Fitzgerald - 172
5. Phil Woodbury - 150

Elite Class - Top 5
1. John Goodacre - 271
2. John Morriss - 215
3. Stephen Grove - 207
4. John Karytinos - 124
5. Scott Taylor - 116