2023 Season 3 Round 12 Thunder Results
Dave Douglas would put the #10 machine on pole, whilst Michelmore, Toby Stent, Barry Neale and Steven Williams would round out the top 5, whilst Martin would have to start from P7.
Michelmore was abler to hold the outside line and would take the lead by the end of the first lap, with Stent making his way past Douglas shortly afterwards. Drivers then set about getting into a rhythm to look after their tyres, noting that they would only need one stop for fuel around the halfway mark.
At the quarter distance mark, a group of 5; Michelmore, Douglas, Stent, Williams and Martin had pulled away from the rest of the field by the length of the back straight. Aiden Schultz, Neale, Ruben Phelps and Shaun Doecke were locked in a battle for P6.
Lap 50, and some of the drivers in the midfield start to head to pit lane for hopefully their one and only stop of the night. Douglas would be the first of the leaders to head in for service on lap 63, with Williams coming in a couple of laps later.
Once the dust had settled, this left a 16 lap sprint to the finish. Withey would lead the restart on old tyres, ahead of Stent, Norman Clark, Douglas and Michelmore, with Martin in P7. Stent was able to use the highline with fresh tyres to power around the outside and take the lead, with Withey’s gamble not paying off and already down to P8.
Josh Michelmore – Series 3 Champion
With 2 wins and 10 top 5 finishes, Josh Michelmore takes the Series 3 title by 21 points over Jason Martin, with Matthew Raymond in third.
Jason Martin – 2023 Thunder Champion
Finishing P6 was enough for Martin to hang on and claim the crown by just 5 points over Josh Michelmore. with Matthew Raymond picking up another third place championship trophy.
Lap 69 - #98 Steven Williams
Lap 75 - #06 Ruben Phelps
Full race results and Series 3 standings at Sim Racer Hub: https://www.simracerhub.com/scoring/season_schedule.php...
That’s it for 2023. Thanks to all 86 drivers that took part in the series, and a special shout out to Jason Martin, Josh Michelmore and Matthew Raymond for contesting every round of the Thunder Series this year. Enjoy a well earned break and we look forward to seeing you all back on track in 2024.