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Jun 15, 2014

I’ANSON GETS HIS WAY AT WINTON TO MAKE IT TWO FROM TWO

Roger I’Anson has claimed his second consecutive Australian Sports Racer Series round win at Winton Motor Raceway by clean-sweeping all three races while setting and resetting lap records following yesterday’s top qualifying performance.

Joining I’Anson on the round two podium today were runner-up Adam Proctor (#1 AP Racing Stohr) and third-placed Aaron Steer (#3 West Race Cars West) who were separated by just one point in the final standings. Fourth for the round was Proctor’s stable mate Darren Barlow in the #2 AP Racing Stohr, while West’s John-Paul Drake secured fifth for the round in only his second national Sports Racer event aboard the #56 West Race Cars West.

The 25 year old I’Anson from Berri in South Australia impressed on debut at round one in the #14 Ken’s Exhaust Systems West at his home-track, with this weekend’s results ensuring there is no risk of that performance being seen as a fluke.

Pictured above: Roger I'Anson (1st), Adam Proctor (2nd) and Aaron Steer (3rd) (credit - Australian Sports Racer Series/Joel Strickland Photographics)

“There definitely were a little bit (of nerves regarding replicating Mallala’s debut performance). To come here this weekend and succeed like we did is definitely a bit more than what we were expecting – obviously it is really great to get the round win and lots of good results away from our home-track, it gives us the confidence to know we can go to other tracks and be just as competitive,” said top qualifier I’Anson.

“We have a very balanced car and I knew it had the speed, it was more about whether I would be able to get enough out of the car. It is very settled so we were able to get it on the limit this weekend and get some good times.

“I can’t wait to go to Sydney for the next round, I haven’t been there before and I have heard it is a favourite track of a lot of the racers – so hopefully it can be a favourite for me as well! Thanks to my parents Ken and Kerri and my girlfriend Beth, as well as the Stoeckels (fellow racers) for all their help this weekend.”

Pictured above: Roger I'Anson (credit - Australian Sports Racer Series/Joel Strickland Photographics)

For the second-placed Proctor, Sunday’s race day included a fourth place in race one when a turn one mistake on lap one saw the defending champion take an off-track excursion, relegating him to the rear of the field from where he would battle with Michael Whiting and then Drake and Barlow – who had been enjoying their own battle for position earlier. On his way to fourth position behind I’Anson, Steer and Andrew McInnes, Proctor also snatched the lap record on the final lap from I’Anson who had previously set and reset the marker multiple times across the first half of the race.



Pictured above: Adam Proctor (credit - Australian Sports Racer Series/Joel Strickland Photographics)

An intense battle ensured between Proctor and Steer during race two, with Steer having held the second spot for the entirety of the race until the final two laps at which point Proctor launched an attack after gradually cutting down Steer’s lead over him. Multiple position changes and even more challenges followed, with Proctor eventually securing the runner-up spot in turn three of the final lap, while I’Anson continued to streak away at the front after resetting the lap record twice on both lap 7 and lap 8.

The third and final race of the day saw Proctor and Steer again looking for second and third position as Roger ran away at the front. Proctor this time found a comfortable gap over Steer early courtesy of a strong start from second on the grid, with Steer noting changes made to the car caused a lack of performance in the final stanza.

“In race one I made a mistake on cold tyres and ran off at turn one, and in race two it was a bit of a tough drive with some damage incurred to the front of my car from contact with others, but we got through. In race three Roger got the gap right off the start and so for me it was more about keeping Aaron behind me for those first few laps,” said Proctor – driver of the #1 AP Racing Stohr.

“We are really looking forward to going to Sydney for the next round, we generally go well in Sydney and we test there quite a bit, it really suits us. Overall the season is now moving towards tracks that suit us more which is good for us, but at the same time we will still be working on improving the car as we have to chase the points now and make up that gap to Roger.”

For Steer, changes made to the car for the final race did not go the way the team had planned.

Pictured above: Aaron Steer (credit - Australian Sports Racer Series/Joel Strickland Photographics)

“It wasn’t too bad of a weekend, the car wasn’t too good in that last race – we did some changes and they went the wrong way which is what happens sometimes in car racing!” said Steer, driver of the #3 West Race Cars West.

“Everything had been pretty good throughout the weekend up to that point (race three), and we are really looking forward to heading to Sydney – we haven’t really tested there much so will have to look at if we can get on-track before the round. Overall we are pretty happy with the weekend and the season is certainly shaping up to be a good one!” said Steer.

Michael Whiting (#33 Taylor Collision/Badge West) secured sixth place for the round, ahead of Sports Racer debutant Phil Hughes (seventh - #42 Hughes Supercar Services Radical) and Andrew McInnes (eighth - #66 West Race Cars West).

For Mark Laucke it was not a good day at the race track, with a broken gear selector in race two following on from an off in yesterday’s qualifying which saw the team fabricating a new front splitter overnight. Clutch issues were then discovered ahead of race two, forcing the entry out of the rest of the weekend’s festivities. Laucke was the second entrant of the weekend to withdraw from proceedings, with Jonathon Stoeckel forced to retire with a broken front splitter following Saturday morning’s qualifying session.

Today’s round of the Series is scheduled to be part of the Shannons Nationals Speedweek program on SBS2 at 2.00pm on Sunday 16 July. Round three for the Australian Sports Racer Series will be held at Sydney Motorsport Partk across July 11-13 - for more information, go to www.sportsracer.com.au.

RESULTS: ROUND TWO – WINTON MOTOR RACEWAY – SUNDAY 15 JUNE, 2014

Race one

  1. Roger I’Anson - #14 Ken’s Exhaust Systems West
  2. Aaron Steer - #3 West Race Cars West
  3. Andrew McInnes - #66 West Race Cars West
  4. Adam Proctor - #1 AP Racing Stohr
  5. Darren Barlow - #2 AP Racing Stohr
  6. John-Paul Drake - #56 West Race Cars West
  7. Michael Whiting - #33 Taylor Collision/Badge West
  8. Philip Hughes - #42 Hughes Supercar Services Radical

DNF. Mark Laucke - #61 Laucke Flour Mills West

Race two

  1. Roger I’Anson - #14 Ken’s Exhaust Systems West
  2. Adam Proctor - #1 AP Racing Stohr
  3. Aaron Steer - #3 West Race Cars West
  4. Andrew McInnes - #66 West Race Cars West
  5. Darren Barlow - #2 AP Racing Stohr
  6. John-Paul Drake - #56 West Race Cars West
  7. Michael Whiting - #33 Taylor Collison/Badge West
  8. Philip Hughes - #42 Hughes Supercar Services Radical

DNS. Mark Laucke - #61 Laucke Flour Mills West

Race three

  1. Roger I’Anson - #14 Ken’s Exhaust Systems West
  2. Adam Proctor - #1 AP Racing Stohr
  3. Aaron Steer - #3 West Race Cars West
  4. Darren Barlow - #2 AP Racing Stohr
  5. John-Paul Drake - #56 West Race Cars West
  6. Michael Whiting - #33 Taylor Collison/Badge West
  7. Philip Hughes - #42 Hughes Supercar Services

DNF. Andrew McInnes - #66 West Race Cars West

DNS. Mark Laucke - #61 Laucke Flour Mills West

Meeting points – top five

  1. Roger I’Anson - #14 Ken’s Exhaust Systems West – 116 points
  2. Adam Proctor - #1 AP Racing Stohr – 102 points
  3. Aaron Steer - #3 West Race Cars West – 101 points
  4. Darren Barlow - #2 AP Racing Stohr – 94 points
  5. John-Paul Drake - #56 West Race Cars West – 91 points

Championship points following Round Two – top five

  1. Roger I’Anson - #14 Ken’s Exhaust Systems West – 227 points
  2. Adam Proctor - #1 AP Racing Stohr – 202 points
  3. Darren Barlow - #2 AP Racing Stohr – 182 points
  4. John-Paul Drake - #56 West Race Cars West – 179 points
  5. Aaron Steer - #3 West Race Cars West – 168 points