In a sensational finish to the Porsche Michelin GT3 Cup Challenge Australia season, young gun Simon Fallon has secured the 2018 title in the Outright and Pro classifications, while Danny Stutterd and Christian Pancione finished the season with Pro-Am and Class B honours.
Saturday started with Cooper Murray placing second to Jimmy Vernon in race one, extending his points lead ahead of the final race of the season. Then, starting second on the grid, Murray failed to launch from the start line; Shane Barwood was then unable to avoid Murray’s stationary car and the duo collided, forcing them and Sergio Pires out of the final race of the season.
The race was restart, with Fallon ultimately placing third behind Vernon and Max Vidau, handing the Melbourne based racer the 2018 title. Murray placed second for the season from Vidau in third.
“It’s great to leave the 2018 season as the champion. I entered the season with the hopes of a top three finish and I can’t thank the team enough for supporting me throughout the season,” said Fallon.
Queensland based driver Brett Boulton was the best of the Pro-Am drivers in Sydney, taking his second class clean sweep of the season. Boulton was joined on the Pro-Am class podium Michael Hovey and Marcel Zalloua.
While Danny Stutterd missed a spot on the Sydney podium, he secured the Pro-Am title with one race remaining for the season from Boulton and Hovey in third.
Meanwhile, Christian Pancione capped a strong season, in which he claimed the Class B title at the penultimate round, with a class clean sweep at the season finale. Phil Morriss and David Greig placed second and third for the round as well as in the final class standings.
Porsche Michelin GT3 Cup Challenge Australia will return to the track in 2019, with the race schedule to be confirmed in the coming weeks.