Peter Vodanovich took the win in Race 1 of the SsangYong Rhino Racing Series at Hampton Downs Motorsport Park.
Vodanovich lead the race from pole position. Fellow teammates James Watson and Mark Mallard were hot on his heels often going wheel to wheel throughout the race and swapping places.
Christina Orr-West was close behind putting in her best time on Lap 4 and the second-fastest lap of the race. However, she couldn’t catch the leaders and had to settle for fourth place.
Series frontrunner Todd Prujean had a spin at Turn 2, which ended his race taking away any chance of a strong points finish.
The Crème cars finished first, second and third. Mallard took the fastest time on the final lap with a 1:29.360
Fourth was Christina Orr-West with Murray Brook, Adam Carpenter, Dean Foster, Kirk Stoneman, Matt Henney and Nikolas Lowndes the top 10.
After their success in Race 1, Mallard made it two wins from two races for the Crème Insurance team.
Mallard held the lead from pole as the fight for second saw some very close racing the series has become well known for.
Mallard got off to a good start with Orr-West putting on the pressure early. Watson watched on in third. Come Lap 2, Watson went around the outside of Orr-West into Turn 1. She held the inside line and answered back into Turn 2.
The battle continued and Watson passed Orr-West in the next turn and sets his sights on Mallard.
Vodanovich applied pressure to Prujean in the fight for fifth, going wheel to wheel. Prujean managed to make his SsangYong as wide as possible to hold off the Race 1 winner.
Further afield, Orr-West got past Watson and back into second as the race hit halfway. It wasn’t for long though as Watson retook the place going up the inside at Turn 1. The pair traded places through the next few turns.
Fourth placed Murray Brook looked to join the action ahead with Prujean and Vodanovich in tow. The battle for second played into Mallard’s hands and he established a 1.3-second lead over second place.
Watson continues to go wheel to wheel with Orr-West. Watson tried to go round the outside of New Zealand’s fastest female in Turn 1 but she held the line and gained the edge into Turn 2. A good exit through the dipper meant Orr-West held Watson off to take second while Watson settled for third.
Ultimately, Mallard took the checkered flag, leading from lights to flag.