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Jul 13, 2014

DEFENDING CHAMP GETS HIS MOJO BACK DURING EPIC STOHR V WEST BATTLE

Defending Australian Sports Racer Series Champion Adam Proctor has enjoyed a clean-sweep of his home-round this weekend at Sydney Motorsport Park, top qualifying before going on to take all three race wins.

Proctor has endured a difficult start to the season but had managed to persevere to be second in the point standings before this weekend saw him taste victory for the first time in 2014 – allowing him to claw back valuable championship points from title leader Roger I’Anson.

It wasn’t easy for the 33 year old Penrith Stohr racer, with a mammoth battle ensuing in both of Sunday’s nine lap stanzas between he and the #14 Ken’s Exhaust Systems West of I’Anson, which had everyone guessing as to who would cross the finish line first right until the very end.

I’Anson took second for the round courtesy of two runner-up results on Sunday in his first time at Sydney Motorsport Park, while fellow West racer Aaron Steer secured third for the weekend courtesy of two thirds (race two, three) and one fourth (race one) across the weekend.

Coming home in fourth overall for the weekend was debutant racer Jason Makris, with fellow West racer John-Paul Drake rounding out the top five today. Makris and Drake were part of a battle-pack across both races today which also included Jonathon Stoeckel, who finished today’s proceedings sixth overall, ahead of Mark Laucke and Darren Barlow.

I’Anson leads the Sports Racer Series points after three rounds, 14 points ahead of Adam Proctor. John-Paul Drake sits third with two rounds remaining.

Today’s round of the Series is scheduled to be part of the Shannons Nationals Speedweek program on SBS2 at 2.00pm on Sunday 3 August. Round four for the Australian Sports Racer Series will be held at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit across September 19-21 - for more information, go to www.sportsracer.com.au.

QUOTEBOARD – ROUND THREE, SYDNEY MOTORSPORT PARK – SUNDAY 13 JULY 2014

Round winner – Adam Proctor: Top Qualifier, winner of all three races

“It definitely feels good, it has been a trying season so the win yesterday was a good confidence builder. We had good pace yesterday and while it wasn’t as good today the car was picking up in all the right areas to hold off Roger. I had a shocking start in the last race but I was able to catch up in the last three laps with the car coming good, taking a big chunk out of Roger’s gap and then got the pass on the second last lap and was able to hold him off. The pressure was certainly on but all I had to do was chase him down, I had nothing to lose with third place pretty far behind. With chasing for a championship it was definitely worth going for it. This gives us some good confidence and we will take that to the next round.”

(Pictured above - Adam Proctor - credit Australian Sports Racer Series/Nathan Wong)

Round runner-up – Roger I’Anson: 2nd in race one, 2nd in race two, 2nd in race three

“It was close all weekend, we haven’t been here before but every time we got on track we were finding more and more speed, it just wasn’t quite enough at the end there. We had some really good battles and I am really happy that I am still leading the championship, we knew the AP Racing guys would be really quick here in Sydney. We had some pretty intense battles there which was great and I hope it looks good on TV to boost up our audience and get more people into this category – they are fantastic cars to drive. We just wanted to come here and finish in the top three while maintaining the championship lead, we knew it was going to be a tough round but it has turned out better than expected. Heading to Phillip Island I think we have every chance to win it, the Stohrs are quick in a straight line but the Wests have good corner speed, and I head there full of confidence.”

(Pictured above - Roger I'Anson - credit Australian Sports Racer Series/Richard Craill)

Third for round – Aaron Steer: 4th in race one, 3rd in race two, 3rd in race three

“The weekend was pretty good, we have had lots of comments on the new West – it is pretty bright, you have to wear a tinted visor to be honest! We didn’t expect the new car to be really good straight out of the box so these aren’t bad results given it is the first time we have used it. Both races were pretty good, we were a bit down on power due to the air filter we were trialling this weekend but the West seemed pretty strong here considering it is the Stohr’s home track – when they come to our track it is pretty hard work for them and when we come here it is pretty hard work for us, so we went better than expected. It was good fun and it was good to just getting in the new car and trying to refine what we already have, it is just amazing and getting so much better, I can’t wait until can really start pushing.”

(Pictured above - Aaron Steer - credit Australian Sports Racer Series/Nathan Wong)

RESULTS: ROUND THREE – SYDNEY MOTORSPORT PARK: SUNDAY 13 JULY 2014

Race two

  1. Adam Proctor - #1 AP Racing Stohr
  2. Roger I’Anson - #14 Ken’s Exhaust Systems West
  3. Aaron Steer - #66 West Race Cars West
  4. Mark Laucke - #3 Laucke Flour Mills West
  5. Darren Barlow - #2 AP Racing Stohr
  6. Jason Makris - #44 West Race Cars West
  7. Jonathon Stoeckel - #53 Bryan Stoeckel West
  8. John-Paul Drake - #56 West Race Cars West

Race three

  1. Adam Proctor - #1 AP Racing Stohr
  2. Roger I’Anson - #14 Ken’s Exhaust Systems West
  3. Aaron Steer - #66 West Race Cars West
  4. John-Paul Drake - #56 West Race Cars West
  5. Darren Barlow - #2 AP Racing Stohr
  6. Jason Makris - #44 West Race Cars West
  7. Jonathon Stoeckel - #53 Bryan Stoeckel West

DNF. Mark Laucke - #3 Laucke Flour Mills West

For further results, please go to www.sportsracer.com.au or www.natsoft.com.au and follow the links to the 2014 Shannons Australian Motor Racing Nationals Round Five results