Racing summary – Stratton Valley (8/9/20)
At last we got to the final round in the Australian GT series, and it was disappointing to see that Adrian couldn’t make it to the last round of his own series. Not that it mattered much in the overall results, as his car again proved unbeatable on this circuit, this time in the very capable hands of Bruce who took out a very clear win with a grand total of 90 laps. Phil & Bruce (in his own car) then fought out a very tight battle for the minor placings before Phil’s track position grabbed him 2nd spot ahead of Bruce on 86 laps apiece. Another duo finished on the same lap number (85) in fighting for 4th & 5th. Callen had the Audi performing cornering feats bordering on the ridiculous (video to follow soon !) to pip JB in the battle for these placings. Yours truly managed a solo lap count of 84, and just managed to stay ahead in the Aston Martin battle & pip Chris M for 6th, with Chris racking up a consistent 83 laps for 7th. The 83 lap count was a popular one for the evening, and another 2 drivers finished off their heats also on this number. However, it was Rob who drove into 8th & Rhys had to be satisfied with an unfamiliar (in this series) 9th place for the night. Some unkind people may have suggested that Rhys was driving very conservatively tonight with one eye on maintaining his top 3 placing in the overall results, but if that’s what he did, it certainly worked well & he deserved to be rewarded for his consistent driving throughout the series.
A small gap of 5 laps back saw Dave Bantoft grab the last top 10 spot, 1 lap to the good of a rapidly improving car of Thomas Males (11th on 76 laps). Prepared & driven by JB, the improvement in this car over the course of 2 weeks highlights the fact that JB is a wizard, there is no doubt. Chris P also put together 86 laps & took out 12th, 3 laps clear of Dave Grays Corvette in 13th & the unlucky Dennis Murray, who had a degree of problems during his stint on lane 3, in 14th on 50 laps for the night.
1st – Adrian, 2nd – Phil, 3rd – Bruce.
1st – Phil, 2nd – Adrian, 3rd – Rhys - Congratulations to all the placegetters !
Then; Callen, JB, Rob, Mal, Bruce, Dave Gray, DB, Chris M, Tom, Chris P, Den, Nick
See you all next week ......start of the Slot-it Group C series ! (see series page for details)