Ben Walsh Driving his Dr Ink Tattoo Removal Camaro has Dominated the Third Round of the Aussie Racing Car Series at Darwin’s Hidden Valley Raceway.
RACE FOUR REPORT: Ben Walsh wins last for round victory
AFTER THE handicap start of race three, normal service resumed for race four at the third round of the Aussie Racing Car Championship Series where Ben Walsh chalked up this third win of the weekend at Hidden Valley.
He started his Dr Ink Tattoo Removal Chev Camaro off the outside of the front row and was beaten to the first corner by pole sitter Trent Young (Direct Clutch Service Nissan Altima) and for the first couple of laps Walsh battled with Young, James Duckworth (RDA Brakes Altima) and Kyle Clews (Darrell Lea STIX Altima).
Walsh gained the ascendancy midway through and never looked back, taking the win by two seconds. In the race for second, Craig Woods (Sinclair Ford Mustang) charged through and actually cleared his rivals on the final lap, heading home a tight trio of Clews, Young and Duckworth.
Paul Morris (NT Shipping Mustang) was the next one across the line. He was another who was in some feisty racing with half a dozen cars. He finished ahead of Kel Treseder (Fluid Management Australia Camaro) and Adam Uebergang (Uebergang Transport Camaro).
Brendon Tucker (Variety Group Camaro) followed ahead of Myles Bond (Tonsley Crash Repairs Toyota Aurion) who was tenth, promoted when Grant Ludbey (The Torque Team Euro GT) was spun out at turn 10.
Just out of the ten was Blake Sciberras (Millennium Building Group Mustang), 2015 title winner Brendon Pingel (Spirit of Lockyer Holden Cruze), 14-year-old Zak Best (Best Leisure Industries Euro GT) and race three winner Sam Milton (GE Hughes Construction Aurion).
There was a safety car before the end of the opening lap, brought about when Ben Wilcox (Mustang) stalled on the grid and left Grant Thompson (Mustang) nowhere to go.
RACE THREE REPORT: Milton takes Aussie Racing Cars third race in the Top End
STARTING OUT position twelve, Sam Milton has scored victory in the handicapped, staggered start of the third race for the Aussie Racing Cars Championship Series at Hidden Valley’s third round. It was his first race win since Bathurst 2014.
“No matter whether it is handicapped or not, I will always take a win,” said the driver of the GE Hughes Constructions Toyota Aurion. “Even so, our lap times are coming down and we are getting quicker and quicker.”
Milton took the lead on lap four of the 12-lap event and went on to win by 1.4 seconds over Mark Griffith (Iveco Euro GT) and Blake Sciberras was third after starting his Millennium Building Group Ford Mustang towards the back of the second group (which started 15 seconds later) in 23rd position.
Paul Morris started from alongside Sciberras and finished fourth in the Scott Taylor Motorsport Mustang while Scott O’Keefe (Nissan Altima) was fifth.
In sixth spot was Adam Uebergang who charged through from starting 28th. His Uebergang Transport Chev Camaro was the best of the third group, starting 25 seconds behind the front group.
Trent Young also made great progress, from 35th to seventh in his Direct Clutch Services Altima and headed home Reece Chapman (Motorsport 25 Ford Falcon) and Sinclair Ford’s Craig Woods (Mustang).
Dominant in races one and two, Ben Walsh (Dr Ink Tattoo Removal Camaro) charged from the very back of the grid to get inside the top ten, but faltered in closing stages when a plug lead came adrift.
Others to encounter dramas included Myles Bond (Toyota Aurion) with a spin at the end of the first lap, eventually finished 19th of the 28 finishers.
Jeff Watters (Altima) had contact with Uebergang at turn 1 and spun, resulting in not being able to finish. Harley Haber (Mustang) and Craig Stevenson (Altima) were retirees after being innocently caught up in a multi-car melee. Leigh Bowler (Altima) had engine issues early on while Craig Thompson (Mustang) broke a steering arm in the contact with Haber and Madison Dunston (Aurion) was also out early.
RACE TWO REPORT: Ben Walsh Winner in Second Race at Hidden Valley
TODAY’S SECOND outing for Aussie Racing Cars at Hidden Valley finished in similar fashion to the first and Ben Walsh again was victorious in his Dr Ink Tattoo Removal Chev Camaro.
As he had done previously here at Hidden Valley, Walsh managed to etch a small break on three of his rivals who were engrossed an enthralling battle for the minor placings.
Trent Young (Direct Clutch Services Nissan Altima), James Duckworth (RDA Brakes Altima) and Kyle Clews (Darrell Lea STIX Altima) swapped places on numerous occasions with Brendon Pingel (Spirit of Lockyer Holden Cruze) hovering in their wake.
An accident involved Harley Haber (CJEN Ford Mustang) and David Sultana (Newline Transport Toyota Aurion) had the safety car on track again. Haber spun into the corner and was clipped by Sultana whose Aurion rolled over several times, ultimately ending up on its roof and minus its bodywork. Both drivers are okay, Haber has repaired his car for tomorrow however Sultana’s weekend is over.
Young was second when the field was bunched up for the early conclusion, ahead of Clews, Duckworth and Pingel. Next was Craig Woods (Ford Mustang) ahead Kel Treseder (Camaro), Grant Ludbey (Euro GT), Brendon Tucker (Camaro) and Paul Morris (Mustang) in tenth.
The latter survived a turn 5 clash on lap five which saw Blake Sciberras (Mustang) spin out of ninth and would finish down in 21st.
The other non-finishers in the race were Michael Rinkin whose Altima stopped off the track with left front damage on lap three, Adam Casuccio’s Aurion pulled off at turn 10 after the safety car was out, with mechanical issues.
RACE ONE REPORT: Ben Walsh Winner in Shortened Event
TAKING HIS qualifying performance over to race one, Ben Walsh won the opening encounter in the third round of the Aussie Racing Cars Championship Series at Hidden Valley.
In hot and humid conditions, Walsh struck out to a decisive lead from the start of the scheduled 12-lapper in his Dr Ink Tattoo Removal Chev Camaro and was over three seconds in front when an accident forced a safety car.
The race finished behind the safety car after 11 laps, and Walsh was no doubt helped in etching out a mammoth lead (in Aussie Racing Car terms) by the ferocious battle for second involving up to seven cars.
Ultimately Trent Young (Direct Clutch Services Nissan Altima) emerged from the numerous passes at the right time to be second. With the advent of the safety car, he held that spot over the full-course yellow flag laps.
The safety car was deployed at the end of lap eight after category debutant and former Saloon Car racer Mark Primmer (Dial Before You Dig Holden Cruze) spun in turn 5 and was collected by Madison Dunston’s Bounce Coffee Toyota Aurion.
Third ultimately went to series leader (after two rounds) James Duckworth (RDA Brakes Altima) ahead of Grant Ludbey (The Torque Team Euro GT), Kyle Clews (Darrell Lea STIX Altima) and Brendon Pingel (Spirit of Lockyer Cruze).
In seventh spot was Kel Treseder (Fluid Management Australia Camaro) from Craig Woods (Sinclair Ford Mustang), Brendon Tucker (Variety Group Camaro) and Blake Sciberras (Millennium Building Group Mustang)
Myles Bond (Aurion) finished just out of the ten in eleventh with Paul Morris (Mustang) and Adam Uebergang (Euro GT) the next two, after the trio diced throughout most of the green portion of the race.
Darwin Qualifying Saturday Morning
**Walsh gets second pole in a row**
BEN WALSH backed up his claim of fastest time in practice where his transponder wasn’t working by taking a comprehensive pole position for the opening race of round three of the Aussie Racing Cars Championship Series at Hidden Valley.
Driving his Dr Ink Tattoo Removal Chev Camaro, Walsh clocked the fastest qualifying lap of 1 minute 18.1958 seconds, under the lap record and his second in a row after pole at Phillip Island.
He was over four tenths of a second clear of current points score leader James Duckworth (RDA Brakes Nissan Altima), Kyle Clews (Darryl Lea STIX Altima) and Grant Ludbey (The Torque Team Euro GT) and Kel Treseder (Fluid Management Australia Camaro).
A late storming lap from Brendon Pingel (Spirt of Lockyer Holden Cruze) elevated the current series title holder from outside the top ten to sixth place, bumping Myles Bond (Tonsley Crash Repairs Toyota Aurion) to seventh.
Starting out of eighth for the first of four races early this afternoon will be Trent Young (Direct Clutch Services Altima) ahead of Sinclair Ford’s Craig Woods (Ford Mustang) and Adam Uebergang (Uebergang Transport Euro GT).
There were several spinners among the 37 entries, including Bond, Scott O’Keefe (Nissan Altima) and Madison Dunston (Toyota Aurion) – the latter which was at the same time a brief red flag stoppage occurred.