Apr 29, 2014
GOODACRE AND CAMPBELL SENSATIONAL IN SA
Local racer John Goodacre has dominated Sunday's racing of Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Australia presented by Pirelli at Mallala to secure his first round win of the season, while Matt Campbell remains the Class B benchmark after another class victory.
Placing second in Saturday’s Jim Richards Endurance Trophy race, Goodacre was first off the start line on Sunday's opening race and led through to the finish from Race 1 winner Fraser Ross, Class B ace Campbell, Jon McCorkindale, Peter Fitzgerald, John Karytinos, Scott Taylor, Jed Wallis, Ross McGregor and Grant Sparks in tenth.
Goodacre repeated his impressive form in Race 3, holding off multiple challenges from McCorkindale to take race victory and secure the Outright and Class A round win.
McCorkindale placed second in Race 3 from Ross, Karytinos, Campbell, Taylor, Wallis, Sparks, Keith Wong and Sam Shahin in tenth.
Adelaide based driver Goodacre was pleased with his efforts in what is a closely matched Porsche field.
“There are some extremely quick drivers in this category so it’s good to be able to match them in pace and even beat them on some occasions,” said Goodacre, who was joined on the Class A podium by Ross and McCorkindale.
“On a weekend like this, whoever made the least mistakes was going to win. If you make a mistake you are going to get passed as it’s so close between drivers; there are only a few tenths of a second between the top few guys.”
Young gun Campbell claimed his third Class B round victory in as many rounds this season and was pleased with his pace against his Class A rivals.
“It’s great to be able to run with some of the Class A cars this weekend. I’ve never been to Mallala before so to mix it with those drivers and even beat a few is great,” said Campbell.
“Hopefully at a track like Winton I’ll be even closer to the frontrunners.”
Campbell was joined on the Class B podium by local driver Wallis and Sparks.
Ross now holds a 38 point lead in the Class A standings from Goodacre, with McCorkindale 24 points further behind.
Ross's lead in the Outright standings is now 46 points clear of Goodacre, with McCorkindale 69 points from the lead.
Campbell continues his Class B stronghold with an 85 point lead over Richard Gartner.Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Australia presented by Pirelli will next race on June 14-15 at the Winton Motor Raceway round of the Shannons Australian Motor Racing Nationals.