Su­per-fast team scored Queens­land win

Benalla Ensign - - Sport -

Be­nalla racer Ellexan­dra Best and team mate Michael Gray won class D in the Aus­tralian Pro­duc­tion Car Cham­pi­onship in Queens­land re­cently.

The cham­pi­onships, held at Queens­land Race­way saw two races of 300 km (96 laps) each, with the first race held un­der lights.

The ini­tial 300 km fight in the night race saw Best and Gray fin­ish first in class D and out­right 11th over­all.

Start­ing the night race in 22nd po­si­tion, Ellex main­tained her po­si­tion closely be­hind class com­peti­tor Troy Rol­ley in the Or­a­cle Mo­tor Sport/The 86 Shop Toy­ota.

The 86 took their driver change stop early, which al­lowed Ellex to move into class lead. When Ellex handed over the reins of the Lau­ren Gray Mo­tor­sport Toy­ota Corolla to Michael Gray they were two laps ahead.

‘‘They did an ex­cel­lent pit stop, the team was su­per-fast, so we were able to main­tain a lap up on the Toy­ota 86. Mike was able to con­tinue on with the lead, kept out of trou­ble and brought the team home in first place in class D and 11th out­right,’’ she said.

In the sec­ond 300 km race, Gray started the race, but 10 laps in, ra­dioed the team to say the Corolla was over­heat­ing.

Gray had to drive the Corolla con­ser­va­tively to min­imise the chance of over­heat­ing, while the team set him a tem­per­a­ture to mon­i­tor and a lap time to main­tain.

‘‘The Toy­ota 86 again took an early pit stop, we were for­tu­nate and took our stop at the right time just as the safety car was re­leased.

‘‘LGM team had an­other quick pit stop to put us a lap ahead of the Toy­ota 86,’’ Best said.

Best also had to drive con­ser­va­tively to avoid over­heat­ing and con­serve brakes which were also show­ing signs of wear.

With two laps re­main­ing the 86 caught Best and over­took them. The team fin­ished sec­ond in class and 16th out­right.

Best and Gray fin­ished the round sec­ond in class D and are lead­ing the cham­pi­onship with two rounds to go. The pair’s next round is a four-hour race at Phillip Is­land from Septem­ber 8 to 10. POINTS Ellex Best, Michael Gray 325 points Domenic Martens, James Keane 168 points Ja­son Walsh, Mark King 124 points

Fast: Be­nalla’s Ellex Best won her class in the Aus­tralian Pro­duc­tion Car Cham­pi­onship in Queens­land re­cently.

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