The opening round of the 2017 “Master of Mallala” race series and Circuit Excel SA State Championship saw a big field of 29 cars dominated by the pair of visiting Victorian competitors, Jaylyn Robotham and Ashley Wright, with reigning SA Champion Asher Johnston unable to take up the fight due to engine dramas.
Johnston was unable to complete a competitive lap in qualifying, before a complete engine failure in race 1 forced his retirement from the round.
Robotham claimed pole position by a large margin, won three of the day’s four races and claimed the round win ahead of Wright, the only other race winner. Danny Errigo was the consistently quickest of the SA competitors with a mix of podium positions giving him third outright, with Paul Falco taking fourth with consistent finishes just outside the podium places.
Full results are available on NatSoft, and provisional points are now on our championship standing page.
The South Australian Motor Racing Championship’s Circuit Excel series concluded at the fourth and final round of the “Master of Mallala” race series (sponsored by Franks Towbars and Exhausts) at Mallala Motorsport Park on Saturday 12th November.
Poor track condition saw lap times well below those of the previous round for the entire field, but the top 5 consisted of the usual drivers from the previous rounds, with Asher Johnston again clean sweeping the round with pole and victory in all four races. Shaun Pannowitch and Danny Errigo swaped and shared the podium positions for the majority of the races, with Martyn Butler and Paul Falco the only other individual podium placers across the day.
At the conclusion of the day’s and season’s racing, it was Asher Johnston who was crowned 2016 champion, with a large points lead over runner-up team mate Shaun Pannowitch, Martyn Butler third with a narrow points lead over Danny Errigo (who only debuted at Round 2), and the consistent Paul Falco rounding out the top 5.
Full Round 4 results are available via Natsoft, and official and complete season standings will be published on our Championship Standings page when released by the Sporting Car Club of SA.
The Circuit Excel Association of SA AGM was conducted on Monday 7th November, with the following board elected:
President: Nathan Green
Vice-President: David Shaw
Secretary: Ashleigh Bennett
Treasurer: Wayne Pannowitch
Elegibility Officer & CEMC Delegate: David Shaw
Round 3 of the Master of Mallala race series, sponsored by Goolwa Vehicle Sales, was contested over the weekend of Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st August at Mallala Motorsport Park.
A damp but drying track presented tricky conditions in Saturday morning qualifying for the Stillwell Hyundai Circuit Excel Cup, which saw current points leader Asher Johnston qualify on Pole Position with Scott Stephenson forming the front row ahead of Danny Errigo and Ash Bennett.
Thankfully conditions were ideal for the remainder of the event, which saw the Pannowitch Racing Team dominate the weekend with Asher Johnston winning all 5 races (including the inaugural 12 lap Ryan Pannowitch Memorial Trophy in Sunday’s Race 4), the round, and setting a new lap record of 1:27.0651, with team mate Shaun Pannowitch finishing runner-up with 2nd in all but Race 3. Danny Errigo had a strong weekend, claiming 2nd in Race 3 and taking 3rd place in all others for third overall, with Martyn Butler fourth and Ash Bennett fifth in the round points.
Full results for the Round are available on Natsoft, whilst overall points have been updated on our Championship Standings page.