[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]James Duckworth secured a maiden Aussie Racing Cars title at Hampton Downs but it was Charlotte Poynting who stole the show. A lot of pressure was loaded onto Poynting for the last round of the Aussie Racing Cars series after the 17-year-old from New South Wales was selected to represent Australia in the inaugural CAMS Trans-Tasman Women’s Challenge. Poynting went head to head with New Zealand racer Alyssa Clapperton in Race 2 of the weekend and came up trumps to set up what turned out to be a great weekend. In Race 3 she started from 9th on the grid but weaved her way through to field to claim her first win in the category.
“What an awesome weekend,” said Poynting. “After a stressful practice day and being well off the pace I finally found my feet for qualifying for race 1! I finished race one in 16th, which meant I started off pole for race 2 for the CAMS Trans-Tasman Women’s Challenge with Alyssa starting off 2nd”.
When the cars rolled onto the grid for the challenge the two girls were lined up one-two with the rest of the field 2 grid rows back, prior to the race start Aussie Racing Cars and Hampton Downs owner Tony Quinn came onto the grid and interviewed the girls for the big screens and TV.
“Alyssa got a great start and I had to work my hardest in the first few laps as we battled constantly! After making a dive into turn one I managed to pull a gap and lead from there on in and winning the challenge The result from the challenge put me off 9th for race 3 the reverse grid handicap race, I managed to pass 7 cars on the opening lap and by lap three I was in the lead, and that’s where I stayed!
Poynting became the first female to ever win an Aussie Racing Car race in its 20-year history.
“In race four I started 9th again but got stuck going the long way around a few too many crashes and spent the whole race fighting back through the field finishing in 13th. Overall I finished 10th for the weekend and had the best weekend of racing I have ever had! Bring on Pukekohe”.
Duckworth edged Woods to the championship after finishing ninth and eighth respectively in Sunday’s races. Woods put up a strong fight for the title as he fought from the back of the grid to third in the reverse grid race, before finishing second in the final heat of the year.
The final championship race of the year provided a thrilling three-car battle between Treseder, Woods and Carr for the win. Treseder quickly assumed the lead with Woods and Carr in hot pursuit. The trio quickly broke away from the pack before they began to dice which saw the lead change hands on several occasions. Despite coming under immense pressure, Treseder managed to hang on to take the win by 0.04s in a drag race to the flag from Woods, with Carr in third. Angus Fogg was the first Kiwi home in sixth place.
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Art Dept November 3, 2016
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