FERRARI driver Mark Noske wrapped up the Grand Touring Challenge at the Adelaide Le Mans meeting with a dominant win in the second-leg race today.
The 26-year-old from Melbourne led from the second of 12 laps, beating second-placed Porsche GT3 driver Greg Keene by 32.7 seconds at the finish. Rusty French was third in a Dodge Viper ACR coupe.
Noske's second win in two days wrapped up his most successful weekend of the year in his $350,000 Ferrari F360 Modena Challenge. He said winning both Grand Touring Challenge races was some consolation for the cancellation of a planned drive in a Panoz prototype sports car in today's international Le Mans series Race of a Thousand Years.
"The Adelaide grand prix circuit is fabulous to drive on and I really can't think of a better way to be celebrating New Year's eve than with a double victory here," Noske said. "We won our first race in the Ferrari in Adelaide last April and now we've finished the season the same way."
Keene's second place also duplicated his result from yesterday, although the Adelaide knee surgeon briefly held the prospect of a win after leading his Ferrari competitor off the front of the grid.
"We made a great start and managed to hold off the Ferrari for a couple of laps, but it's pretty fast on the straights and eventually Mark was able to get past," Keene said.
Mark King again won the High Performance class in his Mitsubishi Lancer turbo, while Len Cave drove a BMW 323i to victory in the Sports Touring class.
<pre> RESULTS (Race 2, 12 laps): High Performance Class Pos. Driver 1. Mark Noske (Ferrari F360 Challenge) 2. Greg Keene (Porsche GT3) 3. Rusty French (Dodge Viper ACR) 4. Michael Downard (Porsche GT3) 5. Winston Kim (Porsche GT3) 6. Rod Wilson (Ferrari F360 Challenge)
RESULTS (Race 2, 12 laps): Sports Touring Class Pos. Driver 1. Mark King (Mitsubishi Lancer RS) 2. Len Cave (BMW 323i)