Oct 14, 2014
MASTER V ROOKIE CHAMPIONSHIP BATTLE TO BE SETTLED THIS WEEKEND
An intense championship showdown is guaranteed for the Australian Sports Racer Series at Wakefield Park this weekend (17-19 September), courtesy of the ongoing battle between series rookie Roger I’Anson and defending champion Adam Proctor.
I’Anson leads Proctor to this weekend’s season finale by just one point, creating a ‘winner takes all’ scenario for the upcoming final round of the 2014 Series.
Over the year, each driver has taken two round wins apiece, with the 25 year old I’Anson of Berri in South Australia kicking off the year in grand style by claiming victory at round one and two at Mallala Motorsport Park and Winton Motor Raceway, despite making his Series debut at round one.
“To be leading by one point is nice, but the way our points structure works it really means nothing going into this weekend,” said I’Anson, whose #14 Ken’s Exhaust Systems West Sports Racer is currently for sale.
It was our aim from the very start to be up the front and we have done that and obviously now we are solely focused on winning the championship – although I never really expected to win the first two rounds, I was expecting more to improve across the season!
“To win the championship would be really great, especially for my dad Ken. He does all the work on my car and has supported me immensely throughout my career, so it would be great to reward him with the championship, as well as my mum Kerri and girlfriend Beth for all their support.
“Adam is a solid, clean driver, and there is not much more you could ask for in a competitor. We have a lot of close racing and have not touched once, so I think that is a credit to both of us.
“While I have never been to Wakefield Park before, it looks like a fun little tight circuit so it should be enjoyable and keep me on my toes!
“I am certainly expecting real close racing this weekend, with no easy wins, and I think Aaron Steer (currently third in the standings) will be right up there as well. I am going there to win and the track looks like it should suit my car, but motorsport is a funny thing so we will just have to wait and see what happens.”
After securing second for both of the opening rounds after battling some race start issues, Proctor fired back in his #1 AP Racing Stohr for round three and four at Sydney Motorsport Park and Philip Island, clean-sweeping both rounds with I’Anson coming home in second on the podium after hard-fought battles between the pair at both venues that had all on-track enthralled.
“It is great to go to the last round with the points so close, I love a good fight, it really motivates me to go that bit harder,” said Proctor, who thanks Stohr, AP Racing, WRD,Evenrange, his wife Fiona, parents Bob and Carol, his mechanic Bob Hope and team member Rick Copeland for their support.
“As far as the championship goes it is much easier to be the chaser rather than the one being chased, and since Winton’s round my attitude has been that I have nothing to lose, that winning is my only option, and that will still be my approach this weekend.
“It has been great to race against Roger this year, he and his dad do a fantastic job as a privately run team and he is very talented on the track - we have raced wheel-to-wheel without touching, so I definitely respect him as a driver.
“While the championship is on the line, it is still business as usual for AP Racing – we will be running three cars so it will be busy for us as a team - although I will spend a bit more time than usual focusing on my own program.
“We have been working hard to improve our weak areas including our race starts and that has made a big improvement to our race results, and we definitely have high expectations for this weekend.
“There is no reason why we can’t win all three races at this round, it is a different style of track to our last two rounds but we have made big improvements on the car in the last few months and we expect to be fighting for wins – personally I like Wakefield Park also, it is a fun track, but it is hard to pass so on-track position will be critical,” said Proctor, whose current sports racer is also for sale.
The final round of the Australian Sports Racer Series will be held at Wakefield Park in New South Wales this Friday 31 October through to Sunday 2 November 2014. For full event information, please go to www.sportsracer.com.au
2014 has been a year of change for the Australian Sports Racing Series, as it steps up to a truly National level for the first time. With spiritual links to the hugely popular sports car racing scene of the 70s and 80s, these LeMans prototype style sports cars offer scintillating performance, amazing dynamics and spectacularly close racing.
All cars are designed to maximise aerodynamic performance, weighing just 400kg, with various marques powered by high-tech production-based motorcycle engines revving to 13,500 RPM; allowing them to lap circuits at V8 Supercar times.
In 2014, the Australian Sports Racer Series will take in five rounds:
· Round One – Mallala Motorsport Park – 25-27 April 2014
· Round Two – Winton – 13-15 June 2014
· Round Three – Sydney Motorsport Park – 11-13 July 2014
· Round Four – Phillip Island – 19-21 September 2014
· Round Five – Wakefield Park – 17-19 October 2014
For more information on the Australian Sports Racer Series, go to www.sportsracer.com.au
CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS HEADING TO FINAL ROUND (TOP FIVE)
- Roger I’Anson - #14 Ken’s Exhaust Systems West – 435 points
- Adam Proctor - #1 AP Racing Stohr – 434 points
- Aaron Steer - #66 West Race Cars Australia West – 367 points
- John-Paul Drake - #56 West Race Cars Australia West – 353 points
- Darren Barlow - #2 AP Racing Stohr – 304 points