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Jun 30, 2019

Perfect weekend for perfect Barram

David Barram has comfortably won the second round of the season after claiming two wins on Sunday to complete a clean sweep of races.
 
Barram was too good for the rest of the competition in the final day of action, leading both races from start to finish as he put a disappointing ending to last month’s first round in Sydney behind him.
 
Reigning champion Jason Makris ended the day in second place, finishing behind Barram in all three races, while the battle for third ended up being the most entertaining as John-Paul Drake fought off round one winner Mark Short to finish on the podium’s final step.
 
After claiming his first round of the year and his fourth race win, Barram was thrilled to come away with the three victories, despite having issues with his car early on.
 
“It feels good to win, very good,” Barram said.
 
“Friday was tough, the car wouldn’t run and we were very worried that we couldn’t find the reason, actually. I was on edge every time I tried to start the car.
 
“It was a great weekend and probably the pinnacle of my 35 years. I really liked it and I’ll certainly be trying my hardest to bring the title home. That’s what it’s all about this year. It’s the focus.”
 
Another driver to redeem himself after Sydney was Makris, who was rapt with finishing back on the podium and reigniting his title defence.
 
“I’m happy with second, definitely. It’s much better than Sydney” Makris added.
 
“We just had the tyre issues we had all weekend. All I did was just watch Barram all race and maintain a good gap there, but he was too quick.
 
“Gradually we’ll try and develop these cars and get some pace.”
 
After ending the weekend on the podium, thanks to two third places and a fourth place, Drake was over the moon to finish on a high after the thrilling battle in the final race with Short.
 
“That was the best race I have ever had,” Drake said.
 
“Having a battle with Mark in fourth. It wasn’t backwards and forwards but he was in my mirrors the whole time so there was a lot of pressure.
 
“That’s what we come to here for, races like that. The car felt great, the tyres were great. It was a great birthday present for myself.”
 
Despite losing the final race to Drake, an elated Short still came away with Hankook Cup honours.
 
“I’ve got something, haven’t I. It’s good, it’s really good, I’m happy,” Short explained.
 
“The final race with JP at the end was the best races I’ve had I think. It was so close and clean, not a scratch. It was really good.
 
"I just need that little bit more power I think. I’ve got the corner speed, but it’s frustrating, I need just that bit more.”
 
The next round of the Australian Prototype Series takes place at Queensland Raceway as part of the Shannons Nationals on 2-4 August.
 
Race 2 Top 10
1. David Barram  
2. Jason Makris
3. Mark Short 
4. John-Paul Drake
5. Peter Paddon   
6. Carmelo Bonaventura
7. Daniel Gonzalez
8. Zig Fuhrmeister
9. Jonathan Stoeckel
10. Jon Grant
 
 
Race 3 Top  10
1. David Barram  
2. Jason Makris  
3. John-Paul Drake 
4. Mark Short 
5. Daniel Gonzalez
6. Carmelo Bonaventura
7. Peter Paddon  
8. Glen Stallbaum
9. Phillip Hughes 
10. Jon Grant
 
Round 2 Top 10 outright
1. David Barram   126
2. Jason Makris   115
3. John-Paul Drake  108
4. Mark Short  106
5. Peter Paddon   102
6. Carmelo Bonaventura 100
7. Daniel Gonzalez  98
8. Glen Stallbaum  87
9. Jon Grant 85
10. Susan Esselmont 79