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BACK FOR the first time in five years to the rural Victorian circuit, the Aussie Racing Cars turned on a sizzling qualifying session for round three of the Championship Series.
Conditions were tricky with a drying track and a dry line apparent as the session progressed – unlike the earlier wet practice session. Therefore, it was no surprise to see several spinners, but no damage resulted.
Putting the disappointment of Phillip Island’s round two behind him, Justin Ruggier responded to every challenge thrown his way, and will start his Mustang-bodied off pole position.
Despite the way in which the track conditions were panning out, Ruggier went out on a wet setup to keep himself at the top of the timing. “But I am still having some problems in the final sector,” he admitted.
Second fastest Joel Heinrich’s time came late in the session when he took his Altima ahead of the series leader Kel Treseder (Camaro). The latter who had never raced at Winton previously had been second for much of the outing and finished up third. “I fired off the road a couple of times, but I am happy with the car,” Treseder said.
Leading drivers just outside of the ten were Maddy Dunston (Camaro), Charlotte Poynting (Mustang), Jonathan Bloxsom (Altima), Sheridan Phillips (Aurion) Brendon Tucker (Camaro) and Troy Dontas (Mustang).
SATURDAY WAS strange day for the Aussie Racing Cars Championship Series with races one and two of round three at Winton today.
Fog and lack of visibility meant the cars were out late for race one, and after completing three laps behind the safety car, the “race” as aborted. Given time at the end of the day it would be rescheduled after the Supercars’ race.
Race two became race one where Justin Ruggier (Mustang) jumped to the lead from pole and led throughout. Joel Heinrich (Altima) was second until he was passed by series points leader Kel Treseder (Camaro).
Heinrich held off a late charge from Blake Sciberras (Mustang) who started eighth, to retain third. Running third early, Kyle Ensbey (Mustang) finished fifth with a gap to a three-way-battle involving the Camaro-bodied races of Josh Anderson, Leigh Bowler and Reece Chapman.
Near the end Jon Bloxsom (Altima) and Grant Thompson (Mustang) clashed out of Turn 9 which resulted the latter barrel-rolling several times.
The next race, ie the aborted one, was put on after sunset and it was virtually dark when they finished after seven laps. Ruggier led for all but the last metre where he was pipped at the post by Treseder, the gap 0.0089s.
Sciberras made a great start to trail his team mate in second place. He ultimately finished fourth behind Heinrich and ahead of Chapman, Ensbey and Bowler.
Watters was eighth ahead of Sheridan Phillips (Aurion) racing his first round since 2011. Craig Thompson was next in front of Dontas, Bloxsom and David Makin (Camaro).
Brendon Tucker (Camaro) was caught up in a first lap, first corner melee that spun him to the back of the field. Yet he recovered to finished 15th just in front of Emma Clark (Camaro). Clark was the best of the ladies after Dunston and Poynting clashed on lap three at turn four.
STOP PRESS: Following an action packed race weekend at the Winton Supersprint, Aussie Racing Cars Race director, Vince Ciccarello is in the process of working through a number of on-track incidents which may impact the final round results. As such the race 4 results (and hence round results) posted are provisional.
See the provisional results here: Winton Provisional Results