Round 4, Race 4
BY WINNING the fourth and final race, Kel Treseder has taken out the Aussie Racing Cars Championship Series fourth round at Queensland Raceway and in doing so has also set a new Lap Record of 1:21.0177 for the class.
Treseder (Fluid Management Australia Chev Camaro) started off the outside of the front row and chased series leader and pole man James Duckworth (RDA Brakes Nissan Altima) around the Willowbank circuit for the first two laps and took over the lead on lap three.
It was a lead he would not relinquish although he was under pressure when Craig Woods (Sinclair Ford Mustang) who emerged from the ensuing pack to be Treseder major rival. Woods closed the gap to the leader and the distance between them ebbed and flowed over the remaining laps where the gap was less than half a second in the end.
Duckworth finished third, and second for the round ahead of Woods, and has extended his lead by five points in the series as Adam Uebergang (Uebergang Transport Mustang) held off Adrian Flack (A GAS National Camaro) and Uebergang finished on the same points as Woods for fourth overall.
Trent Young (Direct Clutch Services Altima) was battling with the pair ahead until, dropping a wheel off the road at turn 2 which allowed them get ahead and away. Woods’ team mate Blake Sciberras (Millennium Building Group Mustang) cleared the group and was next across the line ahead of Grant Ludbey (Legal Elements Euro GT).
A miracle rebuild for the Spirit of Lockyer entry after a huge rollover on Saturday had seen defending title holder Brendon Pingel competitive and come home ninth ahead of Brendon Tucker in the Variety Group Camaro, getting the better of Sean Rose (Altima) on the final lap.
Kyle Clews (Altima) finished 12th as behind him there was a three-way dice between Troy Adams (Holden Commodore), Ben Walsh (Altima) and Harley Haber (Mustang). That resolved when there was contact between the latter two which put Haber out at turn 6 on lap seven.
As well as taking his first outright round win, Treseder was first in Rookies, Flack took Masters honours, Tucker claimed another Gold Cup round, Poynting was the best of the Ladies, and the Teams’ round went to Sean Rose Motorsport.
Round 4, Race 3
IN AN action-packed last lap of a shortened race three, Harley Haber seized the opportunity to go from seventh and win the reverse grid, handicap race at the fourth round of the Aussie Racing Cars Championship Series.
Haber (CEJN Australia Ford Mustang) crossed the Queensland Raceway finish line 1.3 seconds ahead of Jeff Watters (Cure for MND Foundation Nissan Altima) who was third with a lap to go, and passed Charlotte Poynting (Newcastle Auto Electrics Toyota Aurion). However, Watters was given the race victory when Haber was given a time penalty allegedly for passing before the control line.
Second place in the end went to Adam Uebergang (Uebergang Transport Mustang) ahead of Ben Walsh (O’Keefes Nissan Altima), both of whom also displaced Poynting who led in the middle part of the field.
The race was slowed by two safety cars, the first for Ben Wilcox who bunkered his Mustang at turn 6 on lap four. That followed an early incident with the Brad Eastman Mustang at turn three on the opening lap, where they were able to resume, albeit at the rear of the grid.
The second safety car came about at turn one on lap six when defending series title holder Brendon Pingel rolled at turn 1 and that set the stage for a frantic last lap charge to the flag.
Uebergang started near the back of the third group and produced a brilliant result. Zak Best (Euro GT) finished fifth ahead of James Duckworth (Altima) while Glenn McNamara was eighth in front of Sean Rose (Altima), Mark Griffith (Euro GT) and Craig Woods (Mustang) another who started right at the back and picked up ten places on the last lap.
Winner of the opening two races, Kel Treseder (Camaro) came through for 13th behind Adrian Flack (Camaro) and ahead of Trent Young (Altima).
It was a milestone event for Ruth Bowler, marking her 200th race start in her 40 Ford Coupe.
Round 4, Race 1
KEL TRESEDER won the opening race of the Aussie Racing Cars Championship Series fourth round in emphatic style at Queensland Raceway.
Starting from pole position he wrestled with Adam Uebergang for the lead through the first two corners before gaining the lead and from there gradually eased away to a 3.1 second winning margin in his Fluid Management Australia Chev Camaro.
“I wasn’t the fastest car out there,” he said. “But the boys behind were going at it pretty hard and that enabled me to get clear. The start was important and it was crucial when we ran side by side, that we did it cleanly.”
Just after halfway through the race Brendon Pingel (Spirit of Lockyer Holden Cruze) emerged from the pack of eight cars to grab second, just holding off Craig Woods (Sinclair Ford Mustang) at the finish.
Woods had been bumped off track twice during the race but bounced back for a solid finish, clear of James Duckworth (RDA Brakes Nissan Altima) and Uebergang (Uebergang Transport Mustang).
Next across the line was Grant Ludbey (The Torque Team Euro GT) in front of Kyle Clews while Adrian Flack (Camaro) ran wide at turn one on lap eleven and finished behind the Blake Sciberras and Harley Haber Mustangs that were ninth and tenth.
Ben Wilcox (Mustang) was 12th ahead of Troy Adams (Holden Commodore) while Brendon Tucker made up over 30 places to finish 14th in his Camaro.
The previous round winner at Hidden Valley, Ben Walsh (Altima), also started at the rear of the grid in an unfamiliar car and eventually placed 25th.
Qualifying QR Round 4
FROM THE outset of round four qualifying, it was Kel Treseder in his Australian Fluid Management Chev Camaro who showed the way to snare pole position for the opening race of the Aussie Racing Car Championship at Queensland Raceway.
The former karter stayed at the top of the timing screens throughout the session where several jostled to see who would be nearest to challenging the pole sitter.
Initially it was Adam Uebergang (Uebergang Transport Mustang) who was second fastest but was soon to be upstaged by series leader James Duckworth (RDA Brakes Nissan Altima), before Uebergang got second back.
Towards the middle of the session, Glenn McNamara had a spin in his Chev Camaro at turn 2 just before Peter Griffiths fired his Ford Falcon off at turn 1. Then Emma Clark looped her Nissan Altima in the midst of traffic at turn 6 which was sufficient to bring out the red flags.
When the session resumed it was Craig Wood in his Sinclair Ford liveried Mustang who jumped up the order, matching Uebergang and slotting into third and bumping Duckworth to fourth. Shortly after Woods had a lurid spin at turn 2 before continuing on.
Fifth fastest was Brendon Pingel (Spirit of Lockyer Holden Cruze) ahead of Adrian Flack (A GAS National Camaro), Trent Young (Direct Clutch Services Altima), Grant Ludbey (Euro GT),
Black Sciberras (Millennium Constructions Ford Mustang) and Kyle Clews (Darrell Lee STIX Altima).
Treseder’s benchmark time was a 1 minute 21.3588 second lap which was 0.36 seconds faster that Uebergang and Woods who posted identical times while the top ten were covered by just over a second.
The session was not a good one for Ben Walsh, the previous round winner and second in the series. Walsh has switched cars for this round, driving Scott O’Keefe’s Altima to 18th fastest before being excluded from the session, when found to be a tad underweight.
Brendon Tucker and his Camaro were also excluded from qualifying for inadvertently passing under red flag conditions. Ruth Bowler had ongoing issues in her Ford 40 Coupe while Ian Chivas’ Altima had a suspension component failure and will miss race one which is scheduled for today at 3:40pm.