MATT KINGSLEY SWEEPS SATURDAY PORSCHE GT3 CUP ACTION AT MORGAN PARK GOLD COASTER MATT KINGSLEY has taken the first ever Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Australia Series race at Warwick's Morgan Park raceway as locals dominated the lap charts ...
MATT KINGSLEY SWEEPS SATURDAY PORSCHE GT3 CUP ACTION AT MORGAN PARK
GOLD COASTER MATT KINGSLEY has taken the first ever Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Australia Series race at Warwick's Morgan Park raceway as locals dominated the lap charts today.
Kingsley, the series leader and winner of the past three straight rounds, topped qualifying by setting the fastest ever lap for a Porsche GT3 Cup Car around the 2.1km Morgan Park circuit, and then went on to dominate race one held later in the afternoon.
Kingsley was slower away from the line and settled in behind fellow local ace Roger Lago for the opening lap before making his move mid way though lap two - slipping up the inside of the Falcon Property Porsche at turn four to immediately dispel the myth that passing would be impossible in the tight confines of the Warwick track.
From there the Action Tyres and More sponsored driver drove away to take yet another commanding victory in perfect, warm and sunny conditions.
"I just waited for the right moment and then made my move," Kingsley said after the race.
"I could see that Roger was a bit slower across the hill at turn three and I was able to get by and control the race. It's a good feeling because wins like this don't happen that often - so you have to make the most of it!"
Lago was second, whilst Ray Angus was a career-best third after showing impressive form throughout the weekend prior to the race start.
Angus qualified third with a lap that was 1.5 seconds faster than his previous best ever lap and withheld concerted pressure from defending series winner Sven Burchartz for most of the race in a close dice for third to score his career best result.
The 1-2-3 result locked out the race one podium to non-Queenslanders proving that there's nothing like local knowledge and experience at the technical Morgan Park circuit.
Jeff Bobik completed the top five, finishing ahead of a massive battle that included sixth-placed Bob Thorn, Shane Smollen and a dicing pair of Brad Rankin and Terry Knight. After qualifying sixth, Knight was left out in the dust at turn one on the opening lap and was forced to work his way through the field after that.
One driver failed to finish - Mark Krashos' 997 GT3 Cup Car dropping its coolant on lap six which caused the South Australian driver to spin on his own fluids, though he managed to move his car out of harms way.
Phil Holzberger failed to start the ten-lapper after a clutch thrust bearing failed before qualifying.
That qualifying session was one of the most competitive of the year, with less than a second covering the top four and 1.5 seconds covering a majority of the grid.
Tomorrow will feature two, 12-lap races that will complete the penultimate round of the 2009 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Australia Series.
You can stay up to date with all the action from round five of the 2009 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Australia series this weekend on www.gt3cupchallenge.com.au and also the Shannons Nationals live Twitter feed, updated regularly on www.thenationals.com.au
Action from this weekend will be broadcast on SBS Speedweek at 1PM, next Sunday - be sure to check it out.