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Mar 31, 2014

YOUNG GUNS TAKE TOP HONOURS AT SANDOWN

Local racer Fraser Ross has taken his second consecutive Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Australia presented by Pirelli round victory following two race wins at Sandown on Sunday, while Matt Campbell continued his Class B dominance.



Race 1 winner John Goodacre drove to the lead at the start of Race 2 followed by John Karytinos, who had an impressive start off the line with Ross and Jon McCorkindale close behind.

It wasn't long before Ross came through to the lead mid-race and pulled away from his rivals to claim a 1.5 second win from Goodacre and McCorkindale in third, who finished a mere 0.0055 seconds apart at the chequered flag.

Karytinos finished fourth from Porsche Carrera Cup Australia duo Marc Cini and Tony Walls and former Carrera Cup ace Michael Loccisano, followed by Peter Fitzgerald, Jack Falla and Class B winner Matt Campbell in 10th.

Ross McGregor finished 11th from Tim Miles, Michael Tsigeridis, Richard Gartner, Sam Shahin and Scott Taylor.



Ross made a better start in the final race, beating Goodacre to the opening corner and led until the chequered flag, handed the Victorian the round victory from Goodacre and McCorkindale.

“It’s fantastic to get my second round win of the season,” said Ross.

“I love Sandown and I’ve had great success here in the Mustang so it’s great to now get a trophy here in GT3 Cup Challenge. I didn’t think I’d have two round wins at this point of the season; it’s a great feeling but we’re remaining grounded as there’s a lot of racing to go.”

Goodacre held off McCorkindale to place second, with McCorkindale third from Cini and Karytinos, who placed fourth and fifth after a great battle, followed by another tussle between Walls, Loccisano and Falla.



Taylor placed ninth from Shahin, Class B race winner Miles, Campbell, Gartner, McGregor, Fitzgerald and Tsigeridis in 16th.

The round win gives Ross a 43 point lead in the Outright standings from McCorkindale, with Goodacre a further two points behind. Ross’s Class A lead is now 45 points from McCorkindale with Goodacre one point further behind.

After five Class B race wins from six races, Campbell holds a 33 point lead from Miles, with Gartner 15 points further behind.

“Sandown is a really good track for me and it’s great to be so close to the Class A drivers in an older car,” said Campbell, who won Class B from Miles and Gartner.

“I’m naturally a smooth driver so the Porsche certainly suits my driving style, so I can’t wait to get back in it for the next round.”

The next round of Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Australia presented by Pirelli will be held at Mallala Motor Sport Park in South Australia on April 26-27, 2014.