Aug 1, 2016
I'ANSON CLEAN SWEEPS QUEENSLAND WHILE CRANSTON AND TOWNSEND STRIKE TROUBLE
Roger I’Anson has clean-swept the third round of the 2016 Australian Sports Racer Series at Queensland Raceway this weekend, top qualifying and taking all three race wins to further establish his championship lead.
I’Anson’s victory came amidst a dramatic weekend for the category, which saw two car fires on Friday (for defending champion Mark Laucke and John-Paul Drake) due to a faulty batch of oil filters, and a large lap one incident this morning between Adam Cranston and Josh Townsend.
In that incident, both drivers exited their cars and were in good spirits, with the safety aspects of their machines ensuring that only minor injuries were incurred by Cranston despite rolling multiple times. For the full report on that incident, please click here.
Taking out the class honours were John Morriss with second outright and first in the Radical class in the #34 Motorsports Leasing P/L Radical SR3, while Adam’s younger brother Josh Cranston claimed the trophies for third outright and first in the F1000 class in the #5 Aventis Racing F1000. Emerging victorious from the SR2 ranks was John-Paul Drake in the #27 West Race Cars Australia LMP4.
“It was a pretty smooth weekend for us, with nothing too exciting - but it is good to be away from that kind of drama that was happening through those couple of races,” said I’Anson.
“We hope Adam has a quick recovery. It is on everyone’s mind and it was a bit weird going out for the last race knowing a good friend wasn’t out there with you because they had had a crash.
“For the championship we are having a good run, a few of the other quick guys have had some bad luck, so while it is panning out all right for us we wish the other guys had had some more luck. You just don’t know what will happen though, we could break something small and miss a whole round, just have to see how it goes.
For Morriss, it was all about those behind the scenes when it came to his post-race speech.
“I am very happy with the result. I want to send a big thank you to everyone who puts on these meetings – people don’t realise how much goes into putting on events like this and our racing, so I want to say thank you to Liam Curkpatrick and his team for all that they do,” said Morriss.
Josh Cranston lamented a weekend of ups and downs for the West outfit, while celebrating the performance of his car.
“It was a weekend of ups and downs for everyone really. The team had a few issues with a few fires, and then we had Adam’s incident,” said Cranston.
“We are all sending our best wishes to him and hopefully he has a short recovery. It is just his foot, so the car did its job.
“As far as my racing, I have been racing well all weekend really. I had a spin in race one but in race two and three I came up and up from there. The car is tricked up and it is loving the hot weather up here.”
‘JP’ Drake likened his victory to ‘doing a Bradbury’, while conceding that consistency is key to race results at the end of the day.
“At the start of practice three we had the fire in the car which wasn’t too good. I was lucky enough that Aaron Steer has lent me the LMP4, which is unbelievable,” said Drake.
“It is definitely a little bit different to my cars, and it was getting me under brakes so I had a couple of hairy moments but they just felt so strong in the car.
“I felt a lot more comfortable in that car than I thought I would given it was the first time I had driven it.
“I was lucky to get the win. Obviously Josh and Adam and a couple of other guys had some issues so I sort of skated through like Bradbury in that instance, but I thought I was driving awesome. I just had two issues under brakes and got a bit sideways but other than that I had a great weekend, and it was great being in the car. I guess it all comes down to consistency.”
The next round of the Australian Production Car Series will be held at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit across September 9-11. For more information, visit www.sportsracer.com.au