Vic Championships entertain again in Winton

Tuesday 29 March, 2022
Photos: Revved Photography
The second round of the Motorsport Australia Victorian State Circuit Racing Championships saw a huge field of more than 200 cars participating in the meeting at Winton Motor Raceway.
 
Held over both Saturday and Sunday, there were 10 categories on show throughout the event as a handful of drivers dominated their rivals, while other categories saw thrilling battles go all the way to the final lap.
 
The biggest grid of the weekend belonged to the Improved Production class, which saw 38 cars line up throughout its three races.
 
However there was one driver who was a cut above the rest with Robert Braune steering his BMW E30 to a clean sweep of victories over the remaining 37 competitors.
 
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Braune wasn’t the only driver to do so during the round either with MARC V8 Mazda 3 driver Tony Groves winning all three Sports Sedans races, Benjamin Schoots going undefeated in the Sports Cars, Matthew Hillyer winning Formula Fords and Cameron Beller enjoying a perfect weekend in the Porsche 944 class.

Despite winning all three races, Beller had plenty of pressure from an old rival and a star of the category in James Westaway – the number one Porsche 944 finishing all three races in second place.
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Just like in the Porsche 944s, there were other categories where the winning drivers took out round honours, despite some tough challenges across their races.

Both Alex Jory in the BMW E30s and MG and Invited British Sports Cars winner Keith Ondarchie never really had it their own ways during the round.
 
Jory looked to have secured second place after finishing behind winner Jeremy Payne in races one and two only for Payne to DNF in the final race – giving Jory the win.
 
Ondarchie on the other hand, didn’t win one race, but finished second in all three and was aided by the race two retirement of Robin Bailey, who won a race either side of the DNF.
 
The remaining three categories went right down to the wire and were decided by a single race result – the closest of the three being in the Formula Vees.

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Only two points separated eventual winner Daniel Reynolds with Michael Kinsella at the end of the meeting – despite the latter holding the advantage early.
 
After finishing third in race one, a thrilling end to the second race saw Reynolds pass Heath Collinson for second on the penultimate lap before overtaking race one winner Kinsella on the final lap – crossing the finish like less than four tenths ahead.
 
Very little separated the two in the final race with Reynolds holding onto the lead and winning by just over four tenths.

In the 30-car Hyundai Excels, Ethan Grigg-Gault and Hugo Simpson battled hard for the whole weekend and enjoyed a win apiece in the first two races, only for the former to regain the lead in the final race and storm home to a 13 seconds victory.

VSCRC R2_1DX4312Similar to Grigg-Gault, Daniel Johnson claimed the Saloon Cars round after finishing ahead of Mark Sutherland twice, however Johnson only steered his Ford Falcon to the race one win over Sutherland after Shawn Jamieson retired.
 
Jamieson then came back and won the second and third race, while Johnson finished third behind Sutherland in race two before passing him on the second lap of the final race of the weekend to hold onto the round victory.
 
The next round of the Motorsport Australia Victorian State Circuit Racing Championships will be at Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit on 14-15 May.

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