Trende takes Sandown GT3 Cup honours
Jon Trende has taken outright victory in Round 5 of Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Australia at Sandown International Raceway.
Trende started the day with victory in Race 2, finishing ahead of Jeff Bobik, Race 1 winner Rose, Roger Lago, Ivan Klasan, Hugh Gardiner, John Modystach and Terry Knight in eighth.
Trende was again leading the field in Race 3 when Saturday victor Rose left the circuit at the high-speed turn eight, making heavy contact with the armco barrier. Rose was uninjured from the accident, however his Porsche 996 Cup car suffered substantial damage.
The race finished under Safety Car and Trende claimed his second race victory of the weekend, along with the 997 Cup class and outright victory from the Sandown round.
Behind Trende, Bobik took second place, which secured him second for the round in the 997 Cup Class, with the third-placed Lago finishing third for the round in the 997 Cup Class.
Gardiner finished Race 3 in fourth, ahead of Klasan, Phil Morriss, Knight, Rob Knight, Indiran Padayachee and Peter Boylan in 10th.
“I’m very happy with the round win,” said Trende.
“It was a great weekend, the car was fantastic and I managed to keep it on the track for all three races.
“I wasn’t surprised about my speed, I put it on pole position and outright speed hasn’t really been an issue; the issue has been with consistency, which is where I’ve needed to improve.
“This result definitely gives me confidence for Phillip Island given my speed and consistency this weekend.”
Meanwhile, 996 Cup Class winner Terry Knight was pleased with the class win, but rued the fact it came at the expense of fellow competitor Rose.
“It’s a bitter sweet win; I feel like it’s a little undeserved,” said Knight.
“I certainly wasn’t up to Kane’s pace but I’m happy to mix it with Roger Lago on Saturday and beat him home legitimately for the first time this year; that was a big buzz.
“I definitely didn’t expect this win before the weekend. I thought I was going to stay close to the lead pack and watch Kane leading them all home because he’s a great driver.
“Like a few of us, he’s light on budget so you’ll see the good aspects of this category come out in the coming weeks when everyone will try to help out to get Kane back on the track.”
The round results leave Lago with a commanding lead in the 997 Cup Class while Terry Knight has extended his points gap at the top of the 996 Cup Class.
The final round of the 2011 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Australia season will be held at Phillip Island on November 5-6.