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THE LAST race at the sixth and penultimate round of the Aussie Racing Cars Championship Series featured a thrilling and tight finish where Jaie Robson remained steadfast in holding off Kel Treseder by a bare 0.15 seconds.
Driving his 6 Star Mustang, Robson grabbed the lead off Treseder (The Kart Centre/Team Navy Camaro) on lap nine of the 11-lap event and withstood the challenges offered by the latter. The consolation for Treseder is that he won the round.
Next across the line was Ben Wilcox (Mustang), the Camaros driven by Leigh Bowler and Brendon Tucker, Craig Woods (Kia Penrith Mustang), Kyle Ensbey (Mustang) and tenth placed Jeff Watters (Altima).
Points leader before the Gold Coast event, James Duckworth (RDA Brakes Camaro) limped home 18th after a diff mount broke when leading in the early stages.
In the early laps Reece Chapman was handily placed in fourth spot but his race came to an end when force to retire the TJL Camaro with a rear end failure on lap seven. He joined first race winner Justin Ruggier (Hertz Mustang) who was in the pits with a broken gearbox.
AFTER A belting win in race two for Justin Ruggier, it was a letdown to be sidelined with a mechanical failure in the third race of round six of the Aussie Racing Cars Championship Series on the streets of the Gold Coast.
Ruggier made no secret of his liking for the impending wet of race two, making a great start to fire his Hertz Mustang through to the lead from fourth on the grid.
He led his Western Sydney Motorsport team mate Craig Woods (Kia Penrith Mustang), James Duckworth (RDA Brakes Camaro), Kel Treseder (The Kart Centre/Team Navy Camaro), Reece Chapman (TJL Camaro) and Joel Heinrich (Osborns Transport Cruze).
The safety car was out early, brought about when Jaie Robson (6 Star Mustang) and Matt McKittrick (Commodore) had separate incidents at the first chicane and turn five respectively.
Once the race was underway again, Cobi Rontanay lost his Altima after turn 13 resulting in a second safety car period.
Shortly after Woods smacked the wall on the main straight before Scott O’Keeffe spun his Nissan in similar fashion but only made light wall contact. Madison Dunston (Aurion) took the rear panels off it, getting by before McKittrick hit it much harder.
The race finished under a third safety car with Blake Sciberras (Millennium Building Services/WSM Mustang) salvaging second after a poor opening lap where he fell to ninth. Third went to Treseder, ahead of Chapman, Robson, Heinrich and Duckworth.
Race three looked to go the same way with Ruggier leading from the outset but Robson made a great start, bustling his way to second place ahead of Treseder, Duckworth, Heinrich, Chapman and Adam Casuccio (Aurion).
Initially Ruggier looked like he might consolidate out in front but Robson had other ideas, sticking with the race leader and ultimately taking the lead, just before Ruggier retired to the pits with a broken crank.
Robson ran away to a ten-plus second victory while Treseder withstood a late challenge from Duckworth. Heinrich finished clear of Chapman who just held off Kyle Ensbey (Mustang). Next was Woods who came through from the rear of the grid, finishing seventh.
THE OPENING day of the sixth round of the Aussie Racing Cars Championship Series was all about James Duckworth who topped practice, qualifying and took out an abbreviated and interrupted first of four races on the Gold Coast today.
The 2016 title holder and current points leader had a margin of seven tenths of a second in the grid decider aboard his RDA Brakes Camaro-bodied racer over the National Fire and Safety Mustang driven by Jaie Robson and the Western Sydney Motorsports’ pair of Mustangs piloted by Craig Woods and Blake Sciberras.
The latter pair were elevated on the grid as Robson was penalised three grid spost for an incident with Duckworth at the end of the morning’s practice session.
The race finished behind a second safety car with Duckworth leading the way ahead of Woods, Sciberras, Kel Treseder (Camaro), Justin Ruggier (Mustang), Joel Heinrich (Cruze), Reece Chapman (Camaro), Cobi Rontanay (Altima), Ben Wilcox (Mustang) and Leigh Bowler (Camaro).
The first safety car was brought about by Ian Chivas who crashed his Altima on the exit of Turn 13 after starting out of 25th spot, and the second came shortly after the race went green again.
Madison Dunstan (Aurion) was making a passing move on Michael Rinkin into the back straight chicane and tagged the latter’s Camaro, resulting in her hitting the concrete wall.