Top 10 fin­ish, ti­tle vic­tory for Thewlis

Wangaratta Chronicle - - Sport - BY JEREMY WIL­SON jwil­son@ne­me­

LO­CAL rac­ing car driver Matt Thewlis com­pleted the per­fect Aus­tralian Pro­duc­tion Car Se­ries sea­son at Phillip Is­land on Sun­day to take out the 2018 Class D Cham­pi­onship.

Thewlis and co-driver Richard Luff were sur­prised to see none of their Class D op­po­nents tackle the six-hour en­duro so with the cham­pi­onship as­sured they set about set­ting some higher goals.

Com­ing up against cars with more power than them, Thewlis and Luff de­cided an over­all top 10 fin­ish would be the per­fect way to fin­ish the sea­son off.

And while they bat­tled with some fuel is­sues, the pair man­aged to keep the car in per­fect work­ing or­der to cross the line in 10th spot.

“When we re­alised we had no com­pe­ti­tion the top 10 fin­ish be­came a pretty strong goal,” he said.

“We did have some is­sues with fuel surges so we could only run for 65-70 min­utes be­fore we had to come in and re-fuel.

“But we were lucky in re­gards to tyres – I’d hate to know how many blown tyres there was across the week­end and we were lucky not to get them.

“We don’t have the heav­i­est car but we thought if we could jag a top 10 fin­ish that would be a great way to go out.”

Thewlis was named out­right win­ner of the cham­pi­onship, how­ever, he added Luff would have been a co-win­ner but for the fact he missed the Win­ton round due to prior com­mit­ments.

“It has been a re­ally good year,” Thewlis said.

“A lot of work, fo­cus and com­mit­ment goes on be­hind the scenes – it’s not a mat­ter of just turn­ing up on the day, you re­ally do need to com­mit fully.

“Some peo­ple don’t re­alise just how much work goes into it.

“It’s a lit­tle bit bit­ter­sweet be­cause I would have loved ‘Luffy’ to be up there with me but un­for- tu­nately he missed one round – still 1-2 in the cham­pi­onship is a fair ef­fort.”

While the se­ries for 2018 may be over, Thewlis still has com­mit­ments with rac­ing at the Wake­field 301 this week­end be­fore an en­durance event in De­cem­ber at Win­ton.

Thewlis also said there was a chance he and Luff could jump up to the B1 Class next year with the Bathurst 6-hour at Easter next year al­ready locked in.

“I would like to go up to the higher level but we’ll see what hap­pens,” Thewlis said.

“MWM Rac­ing, who we race for, just won two cham­pi­onships so the team is on a high at the mo­ment.

“I’m sure we’ll sit down and work it out.”

FLY­ING AROUND: De­spite be­ing in class D, Thewlis and co-driver Richard Luff per­formed bet­ter than some higher class cars.

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