Victorian Motor Racing Championship grand finale preview

Another successful year of the Victorian Motor Racing Championships comes to an end at the Phillip Island Grand Prix circuit on September 6-7. After a year of record fields, increasing crowd numbers and prime time local television exposure through...

Another successful year of the Victorian Motor Racing Championships comes to an end at the Phillip Island Grand Prix circuit on September 6-7. After a year of record fields, increasing crowd numbers and prime time local television exposure through C31's "In Pit Lane", the VMRC has cemented its place as Australia's number one state based racing series.

On track, Championships will be decided in a number of categories, the closest fight in the Outright Sports Sedans where Rodney Woods' Six Litre Commodore heads the similar car of Michael Robinson by only one point. The last time out Woods held off Robinson, Terry Hamilton and Milton Seferis for the win so the "Wizard" will start a slight favourite in a very competitive field.

In Formula Vee anyone of about one dozen drivers are capable of winning on the day. Nicholas Jones leads the title chase but Damian Harris has struck a golden seam of late season form and along with Tony Bocquet and last round winner Andy Nethercote their race is bound to be a highlight.

Ken Wright and Richard Gay have been at each other all year in the HQ Holdens. Wright leads Gay by only 18 points after winning two races last time out at Sandown, but Gay will throw everything into this last round so the racing should be fierce.

With a massive field of almost 50 of the worlds most desirable cars. the Sportscar class has provided some of the best racing all year. With South Australia's Lyndon Punshon in the Robnell winning a close one at Sandown, he takes a narrow points gap over the Porsche GT2 of Brett Bedggood into the final. Mort Fitzgerald in the MG V8 loves the Island though and could spring an upset, add in several of the top cars from the high profile NSW series and it could be the race of the year.

Brendan Morter takes a 68 point lead into the Aporschapart 944 Challenge final. The one make series has exploded in popularity in 2003 and another record field is expected at the Island. Mark Eddy remains Morter's closest rival, but Paul Mapperson and John Morris were very good last time out at the Island so Morter won't be able to rest on his laurels.

With around 30 events on the two day card including Historic Touring Cars, Formula Ford, Under Two Litre Sports Sedans and MG's the VMRC will bring down the curtain on another year of the series where the sport still reigns supreme in Motorsport.

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Series Road racing
Drivers Mike Robinson , Rodney Woods , Mark Eddy , Phillip Island