Phillips Island, Race Two, Round Six McCONVILLE MAKES GOOD AS FITZY FALLS SHORT
CAMERON Cameron McConville took advantage of Peter Fitzgerald's bad luck to take race two of the Australian GT Production Car Championship at Phillip Island today.
McConville chased Fitzgerald hard throughout the 12 lap event only to inherit the lead after Fitzgerald suffered tyre failure with only two laps to go.
Fitzgerald, the opening race winner, limped around the circuit to still finish the event in what was another race of attrition.
Jim Zerefos' Lotus took second place ahead of Jim Richards who slowed in the later laps, concerned he may suffer a repeat of his race one tyre failure.
John Bowe's Ferrari completed a horror weekend when he got off the line slowly, tangled with Beric Lynton's BMW and later ran off the circuit at MG corner while trying to fight back through traffic.
For McConville, the win completed an ideal results, bringing him closer to the Championship lead. Richards now has only a two point gap over Fitzgerald, with only nine points further back to McConville.
"I was determined to try and catch him and I suppose I was fortunate to still be there at the finish," McConville said.
John Bourke again took the Class B points while Chris Sexton again triumphed in Class C, just holding out his hard charging Ford team-mate John Cowley.
MURRAY Carter (pictured right) regained the points lead in GTP Lights Class D, toppling arch-rival Chris Kousparis.
The pair ran together for the entire event, but Kousparis was unable to force his way through to retain his slight points lead.
Andrej Pavicevic took his second win of the day in Class E, after Ryan McLeod who excluded from the meeting by the stewards after a turn one incident in the opening race.
RACE TWO 12 laps
1. Cam McConville (A) Porsche 20:53.678 2. Jim Zerefos (A) Lotus 21:24.031 3. Jim Richards (A) Porsche 21:30.433 4. Peter Fitzgerald (A) Porsche 23:13.177 5. Murray Carter (D) Mazda 626 11 laps 6. Chris Kousparis (D) Mazda 626 11 laps 7. Chris Sexton (C) Falcon XR6 11 laps 8. John Cowley (C) Falcon XR6 11 laps 9. Denis Cribbin (C) Commodore 11 laps 10. Tim Shaw (D) Nissan Pulsar 11 laps