KINGSLEY'S ADELAIDE RETURN SUCCESSFUL WITH MALLALA WIN MATTHEW KINGSLEY has returned to Adelaide in winning fashion after taking out round three of the 2009 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge held at Mallala this weekend. In another unpredictable and...
KINGSLEY'S ADELAIDE RETURN SUCCESSFUL WITH MALLALA WIN
MATTHEW KINGSLEY has returned to Adelaide in winning fashion after taking out round three of the 2009 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge held at Mallala this weekend.
In another unpredictable and eventful round, the Action Tyres & More supported 996 GT3 Cup driver took a maximum points haul from his second round in succession to extend his championship lead over Sven Burchartz.
After an eventful weekend Jeff Bobik finished second for the round, tied on points with Paul Bolinowsky who scored a career best third overall.
South Australian driver Mark Krashos won the first two races of the weekend - including dominating race two this morning - and took out the 997 Trophy class honors.
Kingsley's return to Adelaide comes just over one year from his massive crash at last years' Clipsal 500 Adelaide, the laconic driver thanking his closest supporters after his race three win.
"My family has been behind me 100% (since the crash) and their support has been incredible," Kingsley said.
"You just have to look at all the people here this weekend to see it's about the largest family team in the world! It's hard to explain the feelings and emotions about it but all I can say is that it's been a great weekend.
"It's been brilliant and it's all come together well. It was also good to have Sven on the podium to keep the championship battle interesting into the second half of the season, so congratulations to him."
Kingsley's race three win this afternoon came in similar fashion to his emphatic wins at Phillip Island three weeks ago, thanks to a mid-race rainstorm that brought out the red flag.
The race was stopped after four laps when the rain fell, allowing teams and drivers to change to wet Michelin tyres ahead of a full-race restart. With a nine-lap sprint to the flag in wet conditions Kingsley skipped away to win by a big margin - but behind him there was all sorts of action.
Jeff Bobik had an up and down weekend, but his second overall this weekend was helped with fifth and eighth-placed finishes respectively today. Paul Bolinowsky was the star of the wet segment of race three and charged from tenth to third in the space of just a few corners, before finishing fourth overall to help him to third on the podium.
McDonald's driver Terry Knight rebounded from a spin and two offs at the turn seven hairpin to finish race three in fifth place, backing up his solid sixth from race two. Knight's team was forced to borrow a gearbox from Mat Kingsley's operation and change it between today's races after the Porsche Centre Gold Coast driver had third-gear problems in race two.
Sven Burchartz' fifth place overall was helped by his stunning charge in race three, coming from the back of the field to finish third in an inspired charge. Burchartz was relegated to the back of the field in race two after experiencing fuel pump dramas.
Roger Lago, driving the Falcon Property 997 GT3 Cup Car, finished third and second, respectively, in today's two races to finish second overall in the 997 Trophy Class this weekend.
Other notable performances came from Adelaidian Keith Wong (Fourth in race two), Jan Jinadasa (A strong top ten in race two) and Graeme Cook, who finished inside the top ten outright in his 1971 911 RS Class B car in the same race.
Cook won his class overall whilst George Bradbury took out Class A.
Round four of the 2009 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Australia Series will be held at Sydney's Eastern Creek Raceway between July 18 - 19.
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