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Gersekowski Completes A Sandown Sweep
Posted by: newsla on Mar 30, 2014 - 04:59 AM
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Gersekowski Completes A Sandown Sweep


BEN GERSEKOWSKI proved the old adage that ‘once you’ve won once, it’s easier to win again’ today at Sandown as he completed a clean sweep at round two of the 2014 Formula 3 Australian Drivers Championship for the CAMS Gold Star.

 

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After taking his initial breakthrough victory in Saturday’s opening sprint race, the McDonald’s Gilmour Racing driver went on with the job today, taking the second sprint race and a comprehensive victory in the feature to complete the best weekend of his career yet.

His three wins and two fastest-lap bonus points see the Queenslander close to within three points of Championship leader Simon Hodge, who finished third today.

Gersekowski and the McDonald’s Gilmour Racing team were in emphatic form today and after holding out the chasing Team BRM Mygales in the second sprint, had things much more his own way in the feature en route to victory.

And from going 73 races without a victory prior to the weekend, he’s now got three.

“It’s unreal.. absolutely awesome. I’m still getting the feeling!," Gersekowski said on the podium.

“I was enjoying the moment after race one but was keeping it contained knowing that there were still two races to go this weekend. Once I got the second I was more confident, but once I got the flag in that last race I finally thought ‘Yeah, this is cool!’”

“It was crucial to get a good start for that last, double points race, Once I got the start I just raced and got a gap. The car was just flawless and an absolute pleasure to drive. I can’t thank Gilmour Racing enough for supplying me with that.

“We’re knocking on Team BRMs door now.. so bring on Bathurst!”

The Team BRM dynamic duo of Simon Hodge and John Magro produced one of the more entertaining battles of the weekend, as they diced their Mygales for second and third in the wake of Gersekowski’s flying Dallara.

Hodge was slow away off the line but caught and passed Magro mid-race, before the cagey Queenslander returned serve a few laps later, re-taking the position and holding on to the line.

It was a strong comeback from Magro who endured a horror opening round, and a solid points-scoring day for Hodge who now holds a narrow three-point championship lead after two of eight rounds.

Chris Anthony had a consistent weekend and finished fourth today, one place ahead of Ricky Capo who showed strong pace in his debut on home soil in a Formula 3 car.

Meanwhile, Chelsea Angelo won her second Forpark National Class round on the trot after a competitive battle with Garnet Patterson for much of the feature race today.

The pair ran nose-to-tail for much of today’s 18-lap feature before an off at the tricky Dandenong Road corner with two laps to go ruled Patterson out of the running – handing Angelo an ultimately comfortable win and an extended points lead in the class championship as well.

“It was a good race and I had to pass him (Garnet) over the top, which was pretty gutsy!” Angelo said.

“To have that points lead early in the season is definitely good for the rest of the year.”

Sandown hosted the opening round of the new-for-2014 Kumho Cup, and it offered a thrilling battle all weekend between Roland Legge and Nathan Gotch.

The pair ran nose-to-tail for the entire 18-lap feature race on Sunday, AGI Sport driver Gotch leading early before the R-Tek driver launched a bold move for the lead at the end of the back straight – the close and competitive racing between the pair putting on an excellent show.

Legge ultimately won the round with Gotch second. Unfortunately, mechanical issues ruled out Dennie Rumble from scoring significant points this weekend though he also raced competitively with his class rivals.

Just one point splits Legge and Gotch in the Kumho Cup class battle following the opening round.

The next round of the Formula 3 Australian Drivers Championship will be held at Mount Panorama, Bathurst, with the Bathurst Motor Festival on April 18-20.

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