Brendon Pingel has won round five of the AUSSIE RACING CAR CHAMPIONSHIP at Mt Panorama, and increases his points lead with two rounds remaining.
Pingel who was driving a Holden Cruze-bodied racer was ecstatic with the win. “It is my first round win of the season and to get that last race in trying conditions was great.”
Second in the third race, and overall, went to Maurice Masini and his ARC Mustang. “I ended up with a few battle scars but the highlight was getting pole and winning race one,” he said. He actually crossed the line third behind Jon McCorkindale (Mustang) but the latter was deemed to have jumped prematurely at the restart after a safety car.
The penalty was two race positions which dropped him to fourth and elevated category owner Tony Quinn also in a Mustang, to third in the race, and third overall.
The race was under a safety car before the first lap was completed. It came as a result of a crash in Reid Park involving Sam Milton (Toyota Aurion) and Craig Woods (Ford Mustang).
At the time Pingel had been leading Masini and reigning title holder Darren Chamberlin (Chev Camaro) with Adam Uebergang (Euro GT), Ben Walsh (Euro GT), McCorkindale, Trent Young (Nissan Altima) and Quinn ensuing.
At the restart for a one-lap charge to the flag, the latter was tagged into turn 1 and spun in an incident that also compromised the chances of Uebergang and Walsh while McCorkindale stormed through to second.
The penalty elevated Quinn to third in the final outing while Trent Young (Nissan Altima) was only half a car length behind Quinn and ahead of Chris Stevenson (Altima) and Mark Griffith (Euro GT).
Myles Bond (Aurion) was next ahead of Blake Sciberras (Aurion), James Duckworth (Euro GT), Brendon Tucker (Ford Falcon) and James Abela who started his Aurion from the back of the grid.