KINGSLEY FORCED TO WORK FOR SATURDAY MALLALA WIN MATHEW KINGSLEY has won plenty of Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Australia Series presented by Mission Foods races in his time, but his win at Mallala today must rank amongst the best. The Gold Coast...
KINGSLEY FORCED TO WORK FOR SATURDAY MALLALA WIN
MATHEW KINGSLEY has won plenty of Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Australia Series presented by Mission Foods races in his time, but his win at Mallala today must rank amongst the best.
The Gold Coast Action Tyres driver took his Porsche 996 GT3 Cup Car from the front, to the back and then to the front again in an inspired drive amidst changeable damp conditions at Mallala today.
Starting from pole, Kingsley was slow away from the line and was swamped by the field and then forced wide at turn one.
Whilst Jon Trende took the lead, Kingsley was shuffled back to seventh at the end of lap one and was forced to work his way through the field - narrowly avoiding several accidents in the process.
He avoided a spinning Mark Krashos whilst dicing for fourth place, before having to take the same avoiding action when Sven Burchartz - running second at the time - also spun on his own in the final corner.
Krashos took major avoiding action and was passed by Roger Lago, but quickly moved his way back into second place and in pursuit of leader Trende.
He then had the race handed to him when Trende spun his way out of the lead at turn five, handing Kingsley a substantial margin in front.
And just when he thought it was safe to relax and cruise to the finish, a downpour swept across the circuit on the final lap leaving several people floundering in damp conditions on Slick tyres.
"That race had just about had everything," Kingsley said.
"I got a bad start and got shuffled wide and then had to take avoiding action from just about everyone spinning in front of me as I was racing with them!
"I saw Mark begin to go and jumped on the brakes as hard as I could - that was a close one.
"Sven did it a lap or two later at the same place and I was able to get through again. Once I was in the lead it was pretty good but it was a super-difficult race all up. Pretty pleased to win that one!"
Trende, who had convincingly led the race ahead of teammate Burchartz for the first eleven laps, was naturally disappointed to have lost the car at the turn five hairpin.
"I just got out in the debris off line and I felt the car go," he said.
"I corrected, but straight away knew it was all over. Very disappointing. "
Behind the amazing race for the lead, there were some movers and shakers throughout the 19-strong field that took the starter for race one.
Adelaidian Gary Dann moved from eighth to third, one ahead of John Morriss who also scored a PB result today and one behind the impressive Roger Lago, who's second place marked his best finish of the year.
International racer Danny Chu had an impressive charge from a twelth-place effort in qualifying to fifth in the race, especially given he spent most of the morning session buried in the sand trap at turn five.
On his GT3 Cup Challenge debut ex-Saloon Car Racer John Goodacre charged from fifteenth on the grid to sixth at the line whilst fellow 996 Trophy Class competitor Terry Knight charged from 11th seventh despite losing an all-too-critical third gear half way through.
Krashos recovered to eighth, Brad Rankin finished ninth and Paul Bolinowsky was tenth.
Yuey Tan's Wimobilize McElrea Motorsport 997 GT3 Cup Car suffered damage in the opening lap dramas and failed to finish.
Tomorrow's action will include two races of 14 laps each to conclude round three of the 2010 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Australia Series.
-source: gt3 aus