IN A thrilling fourth and final race of the fourth round, James Abela’s second place has given him overall victory in Aussie Racing Cars over Brendon Pingel at Sydney Motorsport Park.
The late Sunday afternoon race was held in wet conditions where Pingel started off the outside of the front row in his Holden Cruze but slipped to third in the opening phases. From the second row, Chris Stevenson (Nissan Altima) swept to an early lead, before being passed by pole sitter Abela (Toyota Aurion) at turn 6.
Pingel took the lead on the second lap just prior to when the safety car was deployed to retrieve the stricken Jeff Watters Altima at turn 3. At the rolling restart, James Duckworth (Euro GT) shot around everyone to take the lead (and later had 3 points deducted) before Pingel slipped by him at turn 2.
Pingel controlled the race from that point onwards, winning by an impressive 2.9 seconds in the murky and slippery conditions. Abela came through to take second place, just holding off a storming final surge from Adrian Flack in his Euro GT.
Fourth was the Ford Mustang of Maurice Masini (Mustang) ahead of Stevenson, Peter Carr (Mustang) and Trent Young who faded to seventh after being in a four-way fight with Pingel, Abela and Stevenson for the lead early on.
Duckworth crossed the line in eighth position after his brazen post-safety car surge, finishing ahead of Craig Woods (Mustang), Darren Chamberlin (Chev Camaro) and the Euro GTs of Adam Uebergang and Grant Ludbey. Myles Bond started fifth in his Aurion but fell to 13th yet still ahead of Blake Sciberras (Aurion) and Allen Smith (Ford Falcon).
Look out for our weekend wrap coming out soon, also we are beginning the build up to Bathurst as well, keep an eye out for more competitions.