Jun 15, 2014
ROSS INCHES TOWARDS TITLE WITH WINTON CLEAN SWEEP
Fraser Ross has fended off a weekend-long challenge from John Goodacre to take a clean sweep of Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Australia presented by Pirelli race victories at Winton Motor Raceway, while Tim Miles achieved his maiden Class B round win.
Following victory in Saturday’s Race 1, Ross was pipped at the start of Race 2 by Goodacre, who led the race until moments before a safety car was called to the circuit.
The lengthy safety car period ended with two laps remaining, with Ross leading the sprint to the finish from Goodacre, Peter Fitzgerald, Michael Loccisano, John Karytinos and Class B race winner Matt Campbell, who failed to finish Saturday’s race due to gearbox dramas.
Debutant Trent Young finished seventh in Race 2 from Ross McGregor, newcomer Greg Taylor, Andrew Macpherson and Miles in 11th.
Race 3 provided more entertainment, with Ross and Goodacre battling at the head of the field throughout the 10 lap race; the former taking the race win.
The battle behind the leading duo came down to an exciting final lap tussle between Campbell, Loccisano, McCorkindale and Fitzgerald, finishing third through to sixth, respectively.
Young placed seventh from Sam Shahin, Miles, Ross McGregor, Karytinos, Macpherson and Greg Taylor.
The three race wins for the weekend handed Ross the round win from Goodacre and Fitzgerald.
“I’m ecstatic with the clean sweep; three race wins at my home track is fantastic,” said Ross.
"To come away with near maximum points was great. Goodacre finished second in every race but it’s great to still be able to increase the lead.
“The championship race is probably between Goodacre and myself now as McCorkindale has unfortunately fallen too far behind after this weekend. For the next round I’ve driven a lot of laps at Queensland Raceway, but never in a Porsche. I think the endurance style races suit me so I’m looking forward to that round, and certainly the finale at Phillip Island.”
Meanwhile, Miles was pleased with his Class B round win, joined on the podium by Macpherson and Campbell.
“It’s my first time I’ve won the round in Class B so it’s fantastic,” said Miles.
“I don’t think I’d get anywhere near it if Matt hadn’t had his troubles in the first race, though we’ll certainly take the victory.”
“I’m hoping there are more Class B trophies to come, but it is becoming far too tempting to go and buy a 2011 GT3 Cup car now. That’s my next problem.”
Ross now sits 54 points ahead of Goodacre in both the Outright and Class A standings while Campbell leads Miles in the Class B standings by 81 points.
Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Australia presented by Pirelli will next visit Queensland Raceway on August 09-10 as part of the Shannons Australian Motor Racing Nationals.