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Round 3 - Magro's perfect weekend as debutant Wilkins shines   
Story By: Administrator  Date: 22/06/2019 at 4:56:09 PM 
R-Tek Motorsport driver John Magro had the absolute perfect weekend for round 3 of the Championship, pole position, 3 race wins, 3 fastest laps which broke the outright lap record. Meanwhile in the National class young McDonalds Gilmour Racing debutant James Wilkins was shining in his own light, improving each session to take out the National class round.

In qualifying Magro took his 3rd successive All Properties Group pole position award whilst Hammersley Ruff Racing's Gerrit Ruff took the National Class pole, in a bitterly cold early Saturday morning session drivers struggled with tyre temperature with a number of spins throughout the session.

Race 1 was held in much warmer conditions in the afternoon where Magro capitalised on a great start, leading the field home in the 7-lap race and lowering the lap record set by Cameron Shields to a 1:41.4963. Wilkins Gilmour team-mate Josh Buchan made a good start to hold second for much of the race before running out of fuel on the final lap, Brook Motorsport's young gun Rielly Brook crossed the line 2nd however was penalised 5 seconds for a start infringement. Roman Krumins was promoted to 2nd and the National class win, Brook was 3rd in his Mygale ahead of Andrew Roberts and Ryan Astley in the '04 model Dallara F304s.

Race 2 was again chilly conditions on Sunday morning, Magro lead R-Tek team-mates Krumins and Roberts into turn 1 before easing away, breaking his own lap record set in race 1 to a new benchmark of 1:40.8044. Buchan drove extremely well coming from the rear of the grid through the field to 2nd ahead of Brook. Krumins continued his consistency taking the National class win, holding off a spirited drive from Wilkins with Ruff close behind.

Magro again go the jump on Buchan at the start of the feature race to lead into turn 1, there was contact behind between Astley and Krumins resulting in broken steering for Astley and a short Safety Car period. At the restart Magro was again able to ease away from the field lowering the outright record again on his way to a 20 second win. The new record now stands at a 1:40.7295. Buchan crossed the line second ahead of Brook. In the National class there was a great battle between Ruff, Krumins and Wilkins, Wilkins found his way past an ailing Krumins before making a move on Ruff to take the class race and round win.

The Championship enjoys a winter break before round 4 at Sydney Motorsport Park in late September.


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