November 19, 2018
New Zealand driver Aaron Prosser has broken through for his maiden race wins in the Mazda RX8 Cup Series season finale at the Winton Raceway AMRS round, after exciting wheel-to-wheel battles with series champion Ric Shaw in all four races.
Prosser, who previously competed in speedway and completed some RaceAway Track Time track days in preparation for his RX8 Cup campaign, qualified fourth despite never having visited the Winton circuit prior to the race meeting.
At the start of Race 1, Prosser jumped to the lead at Turn 3, taking advantage of some panel-rubbing between the leaders, and led all the way to the chequered flag.
In Race 2, Prosser was under pressure from Shaw for the entire eight-lap journey but was able to keep his rival at bay.
Shaw was able to find a way past Prosser for the win in Race 3, and in Race 4, the two cars raced door-to-door for the entire duration, swapping positions on a number of occasions before Shaw finally prevailed with a last-lap passing move to take the win.
Prosser ended the weekend level on points with Shaw, only missing the round win on a countback.
The other RaceAway-supported drivers also performed well; despite some gearbox glitches and an excursion in one of the races, Brayden Slater finished the weekend strongly with seventh in the weekend’s final race.
Following her Wakefield 301 Division D win the previous weekend, Maisie Place was back in her RX8 for her maiden Winton event, and improved her lap times by more than two seconds between qualifying and the weekend’s final race.