Brendon Pingel wins races 2 and 4 at Sydney Motorsport Park extending his lead by a further 10 points to 20 points over Sydney’s Craig Woods. His outstanding performance in both wet and dry conditions truly shows he has developed into a complete all-round race driver.
Brendon placed in the top few drivers in free practice in a field of 38 cars. In qualifying he managed to qualify 6th with a set up needing a little more track fine tuning. The team wasted no time in providing him a winning package for the beginning of the 4 race event.
Race 1, in weather perfect, Brendon wasted no time blasting away from grid 6 moving up several positions. By lap 4 he was in second position, setting the fastest lap of the race in pursuit of the leader James Abela. By race end, Brendon finished second just under one second behind the winner. Race results earned 1st and 2nd place a success engine restrictor for their efforts. These reduce the horse-power output of the engines for the next race!!
Race 2, starting from grid 2, and the race quickly became a 4 driver contest, Pingel, Abela, Flack and Carr. The lead seesawed between Abela, Pingel and Flack and on the 2nd last lap Pingel slingshot past both drivers to take over the lead again. Despite being massively pressured from behind, Brendon held onto a narrow lead for the next 2 laps to win and take the chequered flag, 8 hundredths of a second in front of Abela. The V8 Supercar Pit Lane and spectators erupted in applause for one of Aussie Racing Cars best races in years, with the finish time difference of only .63 of a second between Pingel and 4th place. The win earned Brendon and Abella another success restrictor!!
“This was a very satisfying win and it’s so rewarding to be able to top the charts in such a big field, on such an awesome circuit. The team has now rectified the handling issues I had in qualifying so bring on Sunday’s racing, Brendon said”
Race 3, a full reverse grid of the 37 car field put Brendon starting 37th, with 2 success restrictors and a 16 second delayed start all making progress to the front completely out of reach. Over the 9 laps, Brendon managed to take 20 spots however Abella managed 24. After points tallied, the grid for race 4 had Abella on pole and Brendon starting from second spot.
Race 4, torrential rain moved in and Brendon’s team quickly set about changing to a full wet race set up. In appalling conditions, Brendon immediately showed he was an absolute rain-master by taking the lead in an outstanding pass on the inside of turn one. Lap 3, safety car deployed for an on track incident. As Brendon led the field around to restart, James Duckworth jumped too early however Brendon quickly made up ground taking back the lead and setting an incredible pace in treacherous conditions. In a dominant and impressive performance he stretched his lead to take the chequered flag and win by 3 seconds at race end.
“The car was perfect and I was so much in the zone loving the wet conditions.” Massive thanks to my father Derek, and to Darryl and his sons, sponsors – Scotbar Motorsport, Detecta Pest control, Superior Signs, Duffs Fabrication and all supporters. I’m so proud to be representing my hometown in the Lockyer Valley and very excited to now have a 20 point lead in the championship going into round 5 at Mount Panorama Bathurst, Brendon concluded”
Brendon finished 2nd overall for round 4, extending his series lead over Sydneysider Craig Woods to 20 points