Zammit and Hewat Share Super Truck Wins at Winton
Steven Zammit and Beau Hewat have each taken two race wins in Round 2 of the Hi Tec Oils Australian Super Truck Championship, held as part of the Victorian Motor Racing Championships at Winton on the weekend.
Reigning Champion Zammit was eager to reinvigorate his title defence after a disappointing opening round in May, and he qualified his Kenworth on pole position and stormed to victory in Races 1 and 2.
The third and fourth races featured a reverse-grid format, and some spectacular overtaking moves paid dividends for Hewat, who quickly worked his way to the front of the field.
Zammit tangled with John Bomberle in Race 3 and fell to ninth, but recovered to second behind Hewat in the final.
Hewat took the overall round victory ahead of Zammit, while Frank Amoroso protected his points lead with consistent performances in each race.
The Modern Sports Cars staged a pair of one hour endurance races and Shane Otten dominated the first in his Mazda MX5, winning by over a minute from the BMW M Coupe of Neil Dedrie/Paul Chapman and Lou Iezzi.
The race was marred by a tangle between Brian Anderson and Daniel Reynolds which necessitated a lengthy Safety Car intervention, and while Reynolds and co-driver Matt Stubbs were eventually able to resume, Anderson’s BMW M3 was eliminated from proceedings with broken steering.
For the spectators, the second enduro was one of the highlights of the weekend, Otten and Reynolds repeatedly swapping positions in the closing laps as they fought for the win. Otten eventually prevailed, while Dedrie/Chapman again finished on the podium in third.
Peter Green Jnr claimed his third successive Pulsar Challenge round win after a tight battle with Keven Stoopman, Matthew Butters, Max Healy and Lee Nuttall. Stoopman won the first race, Green won Races 2 and 3 and Butters won Race 4 after an awe-inspiring move around the outside of Green at Turn 3 on the final lap.
Penrite Oils Victorian Sports Sedan Championship leader Shane Woodman extended his points lead with another round win, despite only finishing first in one of the four races. The first race was taken out by Paul Pennisi, while Races 2 and 3 were taken out by Dean Camm, but Woodman’s consistency combined with his Race 4 victory were enough for him to clinch overall honours.
Consistency was also the theme for Corey Gooch, who won yet another Super TT round in his Holden LJ Torana, ahead of Steve Harrison and Daniel Van Der Heyden.
In the Australian Swift Racing Series, Callan Sayers and Gus Robbins were inseparable for most of the weekend with Sayers eventually winning the weekend; Allan Jarvis finished third after a spirited dice with his father Rob throughout the weekend.
NSW Excel Series regular Nick Filipetto made the trek to Winton to compete in the Victorian Excel Series round, and the trip proved fruitful with Filipetto winning the round from Jarrod Tonks and Nathan Blight.