Jun 11, 2016
I’ANSON WINS IN WINTON; DRAKE, JOHNSTON AND PEOVITIS TAKE CLASS VICTORIES
Roger I’Anson has taken the race one Australian Sports Racer Series win at Winton Motor Raceway this afternoon, after topping round two qualifying earlier in the day and all three practice sessions the day before.
As a result of his victory in the #14 Ken’s Exhaust Systems/Riverside Graphics West, the mechanical engineer will start the first of tomorrow’s final two races for the weekend from pole.
I’Anson led home Aaron Steer (#27 West Race Cars Australia LMP4), with the pair drag racing to the first corner off the start before I’Anson was able to create a gap. On the restart the pair would again face off, but again I’Anson would come out best before going on to build a comfortable lead.
In third was Jason Makris in the #44 Marina Mirage West, followed by John-Paul Drake in his colourful ‘rubix cube’ #66 West – with his fourth outright result seeing him top the SR2 (Division Two) standings for the race despite experiencing intermittent issues with his West repeatedly getting stuck in third on turn three. Makris also experienced issues, with tomorrow’s racing in doubt with gearbox issues surfacing in the final three corners of his race.
Rounding out the top five and taking the victory for the Radical class was Peter Johnston in the #17 PJS Air Radical, who had earlier in the race fought some strong battles with fell Radical racer Phil Hughes in the #42 Hughes Supercar Services Radical (9th) and also defending champ Mark Laucke (6th) in the #55 Laucke Flour Mills West.
John Morris was 7th and 2nd in the Radical class in his #34 Motorsports Leasing red machine ahead of fellow Radical racer Chris Sutton (#35 Sutto’s Motorcycle Supply Radical) despite a turn one spin in what was a busy start to the race.
The F1000 class was taken out by Terry Peovitis in the #4 Orlando Phoenix F1000 (10th outright), despite the last lap efforts of Josh Cranston and the #5 Aventis F1000, who had recovered from a blown fuel fuse that saw him miss qualifying and start at the rear of the grid to be a part of many intense battles across the race. He had earlier run as high as 5th while battling with Morris, Sutton and Phil Hughes, but would fall back some spots in the final laps after contact with Morriss. He would cross the line 11th ahead of Sue Hughes (#32 Hughes Motorsport/Pro Vinyl Radical) and Greg Steer (#2 West Race Cars F1000).
While Josh found himself in the thick of it often today, his brother Adam certainly had his hands full also. On the first lap, he would find himself stranded on the kerb of turn nine in the #56 West, requiring a safety car to allow him to re-join the field. From the restart onwards, the older of the Cranston brothers pushed hard to move up through the field as he tried to make up the lap he had missed while stationary.