Below are our race reports from a big weekend in Adelaide for the 500. Once again the Aussie Racing Cars were the star of the show, the racing was amazing, tough but fair and a crowd pleaser! Round Two is only 4 weeks away at Tassies Symmons Plains Raceway – we hope to see you there.
CONGRATULATIONS to our outright and class winners over the weekend at the Superloop Adelaide 500.
1st Outright Justin Ruggier
2nd Outright Kel Treseder
3rd Outright Blake Sciberras
Gold Cup – Jonathan Bloxsom
Master Cup – Leigh Bowler
Rookie Award – Brad Woods
Ladies Cup- Charlotte Poynting Racing
And thanks again to STIHL SHOP Mount Barker for their prizes:
IT WAS a thrilling race one for the Aussie Racing Cars Championship Series in the first outing of the category’s 20th year, racing on the streets of Adelaide. Three laps from the end, Justin Ruggier (Mustang) made the move on Kel Treseder (Camaro) that gave him the narrow victory.
Before qualifying Craig Woods (Mustang) and David Makin (Camaro) played their one-round Joker option where each driver scores double points. It seemingly worked for Woods who was fastest in qualifying and was the early race leader until turned around in an incident that involved both Ruggier and Treseder at turn nine.
Fortunately, he recovered quickly to finish third, well ahead of Leigh Bowler (Camaro). Fifth spot went to Craig Thompson (Mustang) who survived a battle with Reece Chapman that saw his Camaro off and into the barriers at turn eleven.
Next across the line was Blake Sciberras (Mustang). In a brief qualifying run, he was third before being sidelined with a mechanical issue. He had further issues on the warm-up lap and started the race from pit lane before a strong surge through the field.
Dan Price (Cruze) was another to qualifier strongly, but his race ended at turn four on the opening lap, having hit the tyre barrier. Adam Casuccio (Aurion) was out on the first lap and one circuit later Troy Dontas (Aurion) bunkered at turn one.
As is the usual case in Aussie Racing Cars, there were many dices going on throughout the field. Kody Garland (Altima) and Makin were two that were rubbing door handles before both came to grief. The former at turn nine after Makin’s race ended at turn one on lap eight.
Series owner Tony Quinn (Mustang) was another that was caught out at turn one. But he managed to continue to finish 12th. Despite the number of incidents, the race remained safety car free throughout.
Ahead of Quinn were Johnathan Bloxsom (Camaro), Jeff Watters (Altima), Pawel Faber (Euro GT), Grant Thompson (Mustang) and Adam Clark (Camaro).
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DESPITE RACE two being a shortened outing, Justin Ruggier proved his first-up win was no fluke by leading all the way in 40+degree heat on the streets of Adelaide.
Ruggier (Mustang) withstood the early challenge of Kel Treseder (Camaro) before winning ahead of his WSM team mate Blake Sciberras (Mustang).
Another member of that team, Craig Woods (Mustang) languished in fourth off the start, passed Leigh Bowler (Camaro) for third early, as did Sciberras, before crashing hard at the notorious turn eight.
Just down the road at the next corner, David Makin (Camaro) also greeted the concrete and the two accidents effected a safety car.
After the race resumed at pace, Sciberras sliced past Treseder at turn one, and with it being only a one-lap dash to the chequered flag, held off Treseder for second place.
Fourth went to Bowler ahead of Josh Anderson (Camaro) who was lucky to get away with an altercation with Pawel Faber (Euro GT) at turn nine on the opening lap.
Unrelated, Adam Clark (Camaro) spun off at the same time. He joined and then had contact with wife Emma (Camaro) at turn eight on the final lap. She was able to finish, albeit in 24th while hubby was a retirement.
Meanwhile Reece Chapman (Mustang) came home in sixth, ahead of series owner Tony Quinn (Mustang), Jonathan Bloxsom (Camaro) and Jeff Watters (Altima). Finishing in eleventh after starting rear of the grid was Daniel Price (Cruze).
Race Three (Top 10 reverse grid)
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THE AUSSIE Racing Cars Championship Series race three produced another thrilling finish with just 0.4 seconds between winner Kel Treseder in his KKP Motorsport Camaro and Justin Ruggier aboard the Western Sydney Motorsport Hertz Mustang.
In the traditional race three shuffled grid event, where the top ten from yesterday’s race two result are reversed, Treseder started from position eight and Ruggier from tenth. They wasted little time in forging through to be at the head of the pack by the halfway point of the ten-lap race.
Ruggier’s team mate, Blake Sciberras also came from row five, and finished third in front of Josh Anderson and Reece Chapman in their Camaro-bodied pocket rockets.
Finishing in sixth was category owner Tony Quinn (Mustang) who briefly sampled the lead before the end of lap one after starting fourth. He came home ahead of Kody Garland (Altima) who charged through from 12th.
Starting off the front row were Jeff Watters (Altima) and Jonathan Bloxsom (Camaro) and they finished eighth and ninth respectively while Leigh Bowler (Camaro) came home in tenth position.
Adam Casuccio’s bad run continued, his Aurion out on the opening lap at turn six, having contact with category creator Phil Ward (Aurion) who would also retire. Daniel Price (Altima) was another in early dramas and forced into retirement.
Outside the top ten it was Adam Clark (Camaro) ahead of Pawel Faber (Euro GT) and Grant Thompson in 13th despite a couple of spins – one on his own and the other in company.
Aussie Racing Cars
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WITH HIS race four win today, Justin Ruggier has taken out the first round of the Aussie Racing Car Championship Series in Adelaide.
Despite feeling his Mustang was down on power to what it was in the preceding races, Ruggier was able to fend off Kel Treseder (Camaro) over the entire seven laps of the finale, getting to the line just 0.2s ahead of his rival.
Right behind them throughout was Ruggier’s team mate Blake Sciberraswho had pace but battled as his Mustang continually jumped out of gear. Respectively the three were also first, second and third for the round.
Leigh Bowler (Camaro) held down fourth spot in the early laps but was relegated to fifth by Josh Anderson (Camaro) on lap three. Behind them Jeff Watters held down sixth until his Altima ground to a halt at turn ten on lap six.
That elevated Jonathan Bloxsom (Camaro) to sixth until he was passed on the last lap by Adam Clark (Camaro). Finishing ninth and tenth were brothers and Mustang team mates Grant and Craig Thompson (Mustangs) who started at the rear of the grid.
Adam Casuccio (Aurion) was tenth while Ian Chivas (Altima) had a reliable run to post his best category best of 12th. Next was David Makin (Camaro) from Charlotte Poynting (Mustang).
Kody Garland (Nissan Altima) stopped off the track on warm-up lap. Reece Chapman (Camaro) was a likely top five prospect, started tenth but was out on lap one before turn five, having lost drive.