Pin­gel con­quers Mount

Gat­ton racer takes Aussie Rac­ing Cars round win

Gatton Star - - Sport -

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.

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