Jason ends season in style
BALLINA driver Jason Clements finished the season on a high with a win at Lakeside Raceway in the final round of the Queensland Improved Production Touring Car Championship.
It showed his year of development with the Neumann Petroleum / Matilda Fuel Network BMW M3 E36 was fruitful.
All season the Pacific Garage team has been gradually improving the BMW and it was a hectic lead-up to the final round as they installed a bigger horsepower engine for the first time.
Clements qualified second behind David Skillender in his 6-litre Holden Commodore but all the good work was undone in the first race.
With the BMW pushing Skillender for the lead, the Commodore cut a corner through broken bitumen rocks that subsequently hit the M3's oil cooler and windscreen, smashing both and forcing its retirement.
On the next lap Skillender hit Clements' oil and crashed out for the remainder of the day, leaving Bruce Cooke to win in his 3.5-litre Ford Escort.
Clements came up with a superb drive in the second race, starting from the rear of the grid and working his way up to finish third, clocking the fastest lap of the race along the way.
Luck deserted Clements in the third race.
"We got inside on a corner and he (another driver) tried to drive around the outside but turned into us and the cars touched," Clements said.
"After the race we were found to be in the wrong and excluded from the results.
"I still disagree with the decision but you must take it on the chin in this game."
Clements' BMW was again forced to start from the rear in the fourth race but he drove his way through the traffic to take a memorable win and again clock the fastest lap.
"It was a long season which was rewarding in the finish, and to win the final race was a great leg-up to next year when we will be starting in a fully sorted and competitive car," he said.