LAGO AND KNIGHT SECURE GT3 CUP CHALLENGE TITLES
Roger Lago has been crowned the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Australia Champion, as Jeff Bobik and 996 Cup Class champion Terry Knight took class honours at Phillip Island’s season finale.
The fight for the 2011 title came down to the final race, with Lago and Bobik both in contention to take the outright series win. With Lago only having to finish in the top 10 to claim the title, his fourth place secured the reigning champion his second GT3 Cup Challenge title in as many years.
Bobik had a perfect day in the Porsche category, claiming two convincing race wins at his home circuit.
Sunday's opening race saw Bobik beat Ivan Klasan, Lago, Phil Morriss and 996 Cup Class race winner Knight to the chequered flag.
Bobik and Klasan again finished one-two in the final race of the season, followed by Phil Morriss, Lago, Jon Trende, Steve Kepper, John Modystach and repeat 996 Cup Class race winner Knight.
With three wins throughout the season and 13 top three finishes from 18 races, Lago secured his second straight outright GT3 Cup Challenge title by 13 points over Bobik, along with the 997 Cup Class crown.
“This series win is pretty special. It’s been fantastic coming from being a club racer to winning two GT3 Cup Challenge titles,” said Lago.
“To go back-to-back is really nice. I think I won this year more on my own credit and form than last year. Jeff Bobik pushed me all the way, but you’ve got to finish every race and that’s what I did.
“For me, this year was all about having the great car prepared for every round and being physically fit as well, so you can relax in the car, which allows you to be mentally tougher. Also, my race engineer Don Kington deserves just as much credit, because he’s done a fantastic job. He’s been with me for four years and I owe him a lot because he prepares the car beautifully, while all I have to do is rock up and drive.
“It was also pretty special winning the Jim Richards Endurance Trophy this year, especially being the first year of the award.”
While Bobik narrowly missed out on the Porsche title, he was pleased with his Phillip Island performance.
“After yesterday’s mishap where I left the car in neutral at the start, today’s two race wins were the icing on the cake for the round,” said Bobik.
“I was confident heading into the weekend, more so than usual. This is my home track and I knew I just had to go as hard as I could. It was really up to Roger to make a mistake, which he never seems to do.”
Meanwhile, Terry Knight, having secured the 996 Cup Class crown after Saturday’s opening race, took a clean sweep of class race wins to dominate the Victorian round.
“I’m really happy about the round win but, more importantly, I’m happy to have wrapped up the 996 Cup Class.
“I’ve had four years in 996 Cup Class now so I’d really like to have a crack in the 997 Cup Class, and as I now have permission, so we'll have a look at it.
Knight finished the season with nine 996 Cup Class race wins from the series’ 18 races, placed ahead of Indiran Padayachee and Paul Bolinowsky in the 2011 class standings.
Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Australia will next race at Mallala Motor Sport Park on April 13-15, 2012.