Sep 13, 2016
TEN IN A ROW FOR I'ANSON BEFORE TROUBLE STIKES AT THE ISLAND
Roger I’Anson took his tenth consecutive Australian Sports Racer Series race win this morning, before this afternoon’s race saw him tumble out of round victory contention with a broken suspension arm.
I’Anson did greet the checkered flag in the #14 Ken’s Exhaust Systems/Rivergraphics West, but was unable to be classified as a finisher due to the amount of time he spent in pit lane.
Aaron Steer would finish first for the race in the #27 West Race Cars LMP4 and as a result, for the round; crossing the line ahead of a dicing Mark Laucke (#1 Laucke Flour Mills West) and John-Paul Drake (#66 West). This pair traded positions often across the final laps, with their results seeing Laucke take second outright for the round and Drake claim the race and round victories for the SR2 class.
Fourth across the line and first for the Radical class in both the race and the round was John Morriss (#34 Motorsports Leasing P/L Radical), with Terry Peovitis (#4 Orlando Phoenix F1000) taking the F1000 class race win (and the round class victory) by finishing sixth outright as his children Orlando and Phoenix watched on from the sidelines.
What was the third and final race of the afternoon saw plenty of contention and entertainment for the field, with intense battles featuring not only Laucke and Drake but also Morriss and Peter Johnston, who is currently second in the outright championship chase (#17 PJS Air Radical).
In fact, Johnston was forced to pit lane for checks after contact during a particularly intense tussle for position with Drake. This pit lane foray meant that he was unable to take full advantage of I’Anson’s Did Not Finish status, as he would not take away as many points as he could have in the chase.
Earlier in the day, I’Anson had streaked away to his tenth consecutive race victory while intense battles unfolded behind him, with Laucke, Josh Cranston (#5 Aventis Racing F1000), Drake, Johnston and Morriss all battling for position.
When it came to last minute position changes, in that race it was Laucke and Cranston who put on a show – rubbing wheels in the fight for third on the last lap. Unfortunately for Cranston, his venture in race three would come to a premature end with suspected engine or gearbox issues.
The Australian Sports Racer Series will now look ahead to Sydney Motorsport Park, where the final round of its 2016 season will be held across November 11 to 13.