Jun 1, 2015
I’ANSON CLAIMS OPENING ROUND WIN AHEAD OF RETURN TO WINTON
2014 Australian Sports Racer Series runner-up Roger I’Anson has gotten his pursuit to go one better in 2015 off to a fantastic start in the #14 Ken’s Exhaust Systems West, claiming the round one win at Winton Motor Raceway today courtesy of a race win today to follow-up from his first and second positions yesterday.
The Australian Sports Racer Series will return to Winton Motor Raceway for round two across June 13-15.
I’Anson had entered the final race tied on points with race two winner Aaron Steer of West Race Cars, however by leading his fellow South Australian across the line the engineer from Berri was able to claim the round victory points. Third across the line was Mark Laucke in the Laucke Flour Mill West, with the jovial racer continuously in contention for the top spots across the weekend.
The race was action packed from the get-go, with Steer locking up on the run into turn one while challenging I’Anson for the lead alongside Laucke, before Glauco Solleri spun to see cars dodging frantically to avoid the stranded Meridian Motorsport Spead.
Solleri would become stranded on the inside curb of turn one, before recovering and then again becoming stranded between turns three and four to call out a safety car which would remain on-track for four laps. With so much happening, stewards investigations are underway currently to finalise the race three results.
On the lap five restart, I’Anson would retain his lead over Steer who had claimed second position from Laucke prior to the field coming under the control of the safety car, with the 26 year old never headed in his pursuit of the race and round win this afternoon.
Making I’Anson’s round victory more impressive is the fact that in both of yesterday’s two races he was forced to carve through the field not once but twice – with his #14 Ken’s Exhaust Systems West starting from the rear of the grid for race one after being forced to replace a punctured tyre following his pole-getting performance in qualifying, while the race two start saw him stranded on the grid when his racer – which is for sale - popped out of gear. For more on yesterday’s races, please click here.
“It ended up being a pretty good weekend, even if it was not the way we set out to do it we ended up getting the result in the end and there was some good racing,” said I’Anson. “I think it would have made some good TV, especially the boys behind me in that race and the earlier races, I think there was a bit of action.
“It was a good weekend overall. We got some good data and gave the car a good shakedown - we had a few little things we were worried about coming here but we had no dramas so credit to dad (Ken) for getting it ready. We did a few all-nighters over the last few weekends to get it all ready and it has all paid off.
This year, the Australian Sports Racer Series has employed a new championship structure, which has seen the introduction of divisional racing for the category - allowing more of the field to compete for race day honours whilst also still being in the running for the ‘outright’ SR1 Championship. Taking out the SR2 honours today was Jason Makris in the #44 West Race Cars entry.
Not taking part today was Gerrit Ruff in the #88 CRC Industries Australia West, with Ruff withdrawing at the conclusion of yesterday’s proceedings after being unable to finish a session all weekend up to that point with various electrical issues.
The Australian Sports Racer Series will return to Winton Motor Raceway across June 13-15 for its second round of 2015, to be held as part of the Shannons Australian Motor Racing Nationals. For more information, please visit www.sportsracer.com.au
*Results provisional pending stewards enquiries
ABOUT THE AUSTRALIAN SPORTS RACER SERIES
The Australian Sports Racer Series is an exciting national motorsport series providing something different amongst Australia’s crowded motorsport landscape. Launched in 2010, the Series joined the popular Shannons Australian Motor Racing Nationals in 2014, successfully launching the Series onto the national stage.
With spiritual links to the hugely popular sports car racing scene of the 70s and 80s, these Le Mans prototype style sports cars offer scintillating performance, amazing dynamics and spectacularly close racing.
Designed to maximise aerodynamic performance while weighing just 400kgs, these racers are powered by high-tech production-based motorcycle engines which rev to 13,500 rpm. Capable of punching out lap times equal to the mighty V8 Supercars at many circuits around Australia, these rockets are sure to grab your attention, whether you are behind the wheel, or in the grandstand.
For more information on the Australian Sports Racer Series, go to www.sportsracer.com.au
2015 AUSTRALIAN SPORTS RACER SERIES CALENDAR:
- Round One – Winton Motor Raceway – 15-17 May, 2015
- Round Two – Winton Motor Raceway – 13-15 June, 2015
- Round Three – Queensland Raceway – 7-9 August, 2015
- Round Four – Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit – 18-20 September, 2015
- Round Five – Sydney Motorsport Park – 13-15 November, 2015