NO STOPPING MONTE It seems nothing can stop Westpoint's Tim Monte from winning in the Aussie Racing Cars, and he proved it at Round 5 of the 2005 WPS Aussie Racing Cars Series at Sydney's Oran Park Raceway this weekend. The final race was run...
NO STOPPING MONTE
It seems nothing can stop Westpoint's Tim Monte from winning in the Aussie Racing Cars, and he proved it at Round 5 of the 2005 WPS Aussie Racing Cars Series at Sydney's Oran Park Raceway this weekend.
The final race was run in near-dark conditions and came down to a battle between Australec's Jeff Davy, who won Race 1 and 3, and Monte who won Race 2. Only two points separated the pair so victory in the race also meant victory in the round.
The lead swapped between the two numerous times throughout the race with Speedy Wheels' William Yarwood, WPS' Brad Lowe, and Torquay Hotel's Jeff Batty keeping the pressure on the front pair.
The final lap would decide the race with Davy leading as they headed into, it but Monte had eyes for the top spot.
"I seemed to have more grip in the last race (than Davy) and pulled off a good move under the bridge to take the lead and win," Monte said.
Unfortunately for Davy, a last turn spin saw him end up in the wall and out of the results, dropping back to 19th overall.
Yarwood took second place with Lowe in third.
"I got a good start and had a close dice getting past Batty and Lowe. On the last lap I caught the front two after they clashed and got past Davy as he was in a slide on the last corner," Yarwood said.
Batty had his best meeting yet, moving up from qualifying eighth and placing fourth in Race 4 to take second overall.
"I am ecstatic with this result for only my third meeting. The fading light in Race 4 didn't bother me too much, it was actually quite fun."
Fastest qualifier, VIP Petfood's Paul Kemal broke an axle on the start-line of Race 4 throwing away any chance of a top result. GRM's Nick Simmons recovered well after qualifying second and being involved in an accident in Race 3 to finish ninth in the final.
Grove Fruit Juice's Phill Foster, who had his best qualifying to date, fifth, was plagued with mechanical problem for most of the meeting (broken cam, broken axle).
Monte was top in the final standings while Batty finished second and Yarwood scored a much needed third place.
Brad Ward continues to lead the series points ahead of Pennzoil's Sheridan Phillips and Tim Monte, who is now just 13 points off Ward.
Four'n Twenty's Nugget Campbell was victorious in the Masters Cup with Aussiefast's Simon Arthur taking second after a big spin in Race 3. Formaz Parts Plus' Mark Duckworth ended up third while series leader Speedy Wheel's Shane Wolki holds on to his lead with fifth place.
Round 6 of the WPS Aussie Racing Cars Series head to Melbourne's Sandown Raceway on 9-11 September.