AUS: Series Mallala Sunday report

Classic racing on show at Mallala as Kingsley wins ON ITS THIRD BIRTHDAY, the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Australia Series presented by Mission Foods has celebrated in style by producing some stunning racing at Mallala Raceway in South Australia...

Classic racing on show at Mallala as Kingsley wins

ON ITS THIRD BIRTHDAY, the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Australia Series presented by Mission Foods has celebrated in style by producing some stunning racing at Mallala Raceway in South Australia this weekend.

The three action packed races were amongst the best in series history as Mathew Kingsley continued his stunning from and took Sunday's two races and an extended championship lead in the process.

Roger Lago finished second overall and won the 997 Class whilst South Australian Gary Dann continued his impressive run of form in his debut season to finish third.

Behind the leading trio, positions changed quicker than the Mallala weather as the series closest-ever grid produced some amazing racing.

Kingsley's weekend was marked by slow starts followed by charging drives to the lead, including a three-car battle with Lago and Dann in race three that was one of many highlights this weekend.

The three went nose to tail in the opening five laps before Kingsley snuck through and set about establishing a buffer over the warring pack - including setting a new class lap record the lap after he hit the front.

"We were pushed all the way by Roger and he's got plenty of pace so well done to him and his team. My boys just worked hard on the car all weekend and got it better and better," Kingsley said.

"Roger is a demon on the start! We just had to peg him back and in the end we had a real ding-dong battle. He obviously wanted to keep first place and I wanted to take it so it was good fun.

"Then we had Gary Dann close up the gap so I had to watch him as well! In the end we all came back with straight cars so that's the best thing. It was a great weekend."

Lago was justifiably pleased to emerge from the weekend with a trio of second places outright and the 997 Class win.

"A fantastic weekend for us," Said Lago, who also won the Xtreme best presented award for his immaculate Falcon Property Group 997 GT3 Cup Car.

"I was particularly aware of Mark Krashos and Gary Dann this weekend because they are fast and know the place really well, and also keeping a bit of a gap to Sven Burchartz and Jeff Bobik because they are both super quick.

"To come away with three seconds and the 997 class win is unreal.

"All three races I got good starts and tried to make a gap but where he got me in race three - around the outside - was really good so from there I just concentrated on keeping those behind me.

"This series is very competitive - more so even than last year. There are a lot of quick guys and I'm looking forward to the next round in Queensland."

Dann was third for the round, just ahead of the super quick and consistent John Morris who had some unexpected excitement at the start of race three.

Set to start fourth, his Mission Foods Porsche stalled on the beginning of the formation lap relegating him to last for the actual start. In an inspired charge he moved from 18th to sixth in the fourteen laps available to secure his strong overall round result.

Jeff Bobik, too, was another to charge through the field as he went from the back to fifth in race two, which then became third in the finale'.

Bobik was one of many cars involved in a six-car fight for sixth place in the second race behind a determined Danny Chu that was a highlight of the day.

South Australian driver John Goodacre had an astonishing debut behind the wheel of his Gap Solutions / Brice 996 GT3 Cup Car, finishing second in his class and fifth outright today after two consistent, trouble free drives.

Jed Wallis, another of the locals, finished third in the 996 class and was another to impress on debut.

As always there were some happy and some not, heavy-hitters Sven Burchartz and Jon Trende amongst several who endured tough weekends despite having race winning potential.

The end result sees Kinglsey extend his margin in the series lead over the ever-present Lago and Dann ahead of the winter break and a return to racing at Morgan Park Raceway in Queensland, on August 14-15.

All the action from round three of the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Australia Series presented by Mission Foods can be seen on SBS SPEEDWEEK, on Sunday June 13th at 2pm. Check local guides for details.

-source: gt3cupchallenge.com.au

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Series Porsche
Drivers Sven Burchartz , Jon Trende , Gary Dann , Roger Lago , Jeff Bobik , John Goodacre