Below you will find the Clipsal 500 Race Reports from last weekend.
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Race Four Report Sunday
A WIN in the fourth and final race of the Aussie Racing Cars Championship Series first round on the streets of Adelaide has made for the perfect start for defending title holder James Duckworth.
Duckworth drove his RDA Brakes Nissan Altima to an immediate lead in the finale and only yielded the front running on the final lap.
Kel Treseder (The Kart Centre Chev Camaro) slipped past him to be first across the line but was given a post-race penalty for contact that spun Craig Woods’ KIA Penrith Ford Mustang at turn 14 on the sixth lap.
He was relegated to 12th which gave Luke Fraser (Altima) second with Blake Sciberras (Millennium Building Services Mustang) finished third ahead of Jaie Robson (National Fire and Safety Camaro) and Woods.
A safety car was called early when Cobi Rotaunay’s Camaro was turned around at turn five. Michael Rinkin (Camaro) and American Stadium Super Truck driver Bill Hynes (Altima) spun as a result while Ben Walsh copped a broken tyre valve and puncture on his Mustang and was force to soldier on for points.
Starting 24th Adam Uebergang put in a star performance to finish sixth in his Uebergang Transport Mustang beat home the Camaros of Chris Stevenson and Brendon Tucker while Sam Milton (Toyota Aurion) and Jeff Waters (Altima) completed the top ten.
Finishing 14th ensured Charlotte Poynting (Aurion) was the best of the females ahead of long-term category competitor Ruth Bowler in her 40 Ford Coupe.
Race Three Report Saturday
STARTING OUT of position twelve, Kel Treseder charged through to take out the reverse grid, third race of the Aussie Racing Cars Championship Series at the Clipsal 500 extravaganza.
After forging his way to the front, Treseder (The Kart Centre Chev Camaro) had a fight on his hands to fend off former team mate Ben Walsh (Dr Ink Tattoo Removal Ford Mustang) who eventually finished a close second.
Third went to the 2013 Suzuki Racing Series winner Luke Fraser in his Nissan Altima, starting out of fifth grid spot ahead of Western Sydney Motorsport team mates Blake Sciberras (Millennium Building Services Mustang) and Craig Woods (KIA Penrith Mustang) after they started 13th and 15th respectively.
Leigh Bowler (Camaro) and Craig Thompson (Mustang) shared the front row for the nine-lap event but it was Reece Chapman (Camaro) who held a tentative lead over Fraser at the end of the opening lap.
Bowler ran down an escape later in the race and was a retirement while Thompson had contact with Scott O’Keefe (Altima) resulting in a spin at turn nine.
Current series title holder James Duckworth diced with Woods and finished just behind his rival. “I had a great start from 14th while Craig was held up,” Duckworth said. “Then I was held up and he caught me.”
Rounding out the top ten were Chapman, Jaie Robson (Camaro), Adam Uebergang (Mustang) and Adam Casuccio (Toyota Aurion). Next were the Camaros driven by Chris Stevenson and Brendon Tucker. The latter would have finished further up the order but for contact with Robson at turn 14 on lap six.
The grid for the final race of the weekend tomorrow will see Woods and Duckworth sharing the front two ahead of Sciberras, Fraser, Tucker and Casuccio ahead of the rest of the 31-car entry.
Race Two Report Friday
IN AN exciting race two of the opening round of the Aussie Racing Cars Championship Series, Craig Woods has edged out current title holder James Duckworth for the win. Wood’s team mate Blake Sciberras was third.
However, the results are provisional until investigation into breaches in the race where Duckworth was penalised five seconds but still retained second.
Duckworth (RDA Brakes Nissan Altima) and Woods (KIA Penrith Ford Mustang) finished fourth and fifth in the first race yesterday but were elevated to start this race off the front row after the first three placegetters were penalised 28 seconds for indiscretions behind the safety car.
Off the start, Duckworth led ahead of Woods while Brendon Tucker (Variety Group Chev Camaro) edged in front of Sciberras’ Millennium Building Services Mustang.
Sciberras soon relegated Tucker and watched on as Duckworth and Woods put on a race-long dice. The lead changed initially on the fourth tour with Woods slipping under Duckworth at turn nine.
The 2016 title holder reciprocated at the same spot the next time around, and the lead changed there again on lap six.
From there Woods had the front running to the flag, albeit there was little between them for the remainder and they were line astern at the finish.
Kel Treseder (Camaro), Ben Walsh (Mustang) and Jaie Robson (Camaro) were the three that copped post-race one penalties. They would start 25th, 26th and 27th respectively with the job ahead.
Adam Uebergang was first of the fancied runners to have issues with damage to the front of his Mustang forcing a visit to the pits. Robson was the next in trouble, out after hitting the wall on the exit of the final corner on lap four.
In the meantime, Walsh headed Treseder in their charge through the field. Late in the race Treseder passed Walsh to cross the line fifth ahead of Walsh.
They were followed across the line by Tucker who was also the subject of a five-second penalty and dropped behind Chris Stevenson (Camaro). Cobi Rotaunay (Camaro) recovered from a moment at turn nine on the opening lap to head Adam Casuccio (Aurion) and Jeff Watters (Altima).
Late dramas for Luke Fraser (Altima) saw him lose spots and finish 11th ahead of Reece Chapman (Camaro) while next was the best of the girls in Charlotte Poynting (Aurion) ahead of Scott O’Keefe (Altima).
Race One Report Thursday
THE FIRST race of the 2017 Aussie Racing Cars Championship Series was won by Kel Treseder in his KKP Motorsport Chev Camaro-bodied race car.
The Queenslander was the fastest in qualifying and led the incident-filled, event from start to finish and beat home Ben Walsh (Ford Mustang) and Jaie Robson (Camaro).
The safety car was dispatched after a multi-car accident at turn one where contact between current champ James Duckworth and Luke Fraser caused the latter to spin and crashes for Adam Uebergang and Troy Dontas as they took avoiding action.
Duckworth (Nissan Altima) ultimately crossed the line fourth ahead of Craig Woods (Mustang) who saved a near deadly spin at turn seven on the final lap.
He recovered to beat home race novice (his first ever car event) Cobi Rotaunay (Camaro), category veteran Brendon Tucker (Camaro), Adam Casuccio (Toyota Aurion), Blake Sciberras (Mustang) and Fraser (Altima) in a remarkable comeback.
On the final lap team mates and brothers Craig and Grant Thompson who were both inside the top ten, ending up off at turn nine.
Earlier Walsh topped the one and only practice session ahead of Woods while Fraser was third quickest ahead of Treseder and Uebergang.
Sciberras, team mate of Woods, was sixth fastest in front of Brendon Tucker, Jaie Robson, Craig Thompson and Adam Casuccio in position ten.
In qualifying Treseder showed the way ahead Woods, Fraser, Walsh, Robson, Duckworth, Tucker, Uebergang, Chris Stevenson (Camaro) and Rotaunay. The Thompsons, Grant and Craig were next but the latter’s session ended rear end with damage to his car after contact with a tyre barrier.