Pingel conquers Mount
Gatton racer takes Aussie Racing Cars round win
BRENDON Pingel overcame a series of crashes to emerge victorious from the Aussie Racing Cars championship round at Mount Panorama.
Held as a support event to the V8 Supercars endurance race, the Aussie Racing Cars were a popular highlight of a crash-affected weekend.
With the first race of the weekend held early on Friday, pole sitter Maurice Masini grabbed an early lead from fourth starting Adrian Flack, who was gifted the position when second placed James Abela suffered a failure at the race start.
Making the most of the cool, thick air to generate extra horsepower, Pingel held third place initially, despite losing close to 30km/h in top speed with the fitment of the mandatory high downforce aerodynamic body kit.
Using the slipstream of the two cars ahead of him down the long Conrod Straight to stake his claim for the race lead Pingel not only closed the gap to the leaders but was able to lower the five-year-old lap record for the class.
With just one lap remaining, Pingel was close on the tail of Masini and Flack, when Flack hit the rear of Masini’s car, dropping himself to third with damaged body work, and leaving Pingel just short of claiming his first race win at Mt Panorama.
Unfortunately, the second race was cancelled after a major practice crash involving V8 Supercar driver Chaz Mostert, which saw his car ride the concrete wall at the top of the ‘Dipper’ corners.
SPIRIT OF LOCKYER: Gatton racer Brendon Pingel leads the field of Aussie Racing Cars at Bathurst.