Ben Riley continued his run of victories in the 2014 CAMS WA AUS F1000 Championship, winning all three races in the second race meeting of the season at Barbagallo Raceway.
Stewart Burns was quickest in the morning qualifying session, setting a 0:59.368s lap.
Despite being good enough for pole, it was more than one second slower than April’s quickest qualifying time.
Fastlane Racing’s Daniel Gate was second fastest, just over half-a-second down on Burns.
Ben Riley was unable to set a time to challenge for pole before a front wing mount failure saw him black-flagged from the session.
Despite starting third, Riley passed second-placed Daniel Gate on the opening lap.
The championship leader then took the race lead the next time around.
But the race win was far from certain, with Burns pushing the championship leader all the way to the flag.
He eventually finished less than 1.5s behind the winner.
Consistency over the race’s eight laps was the key to victory and a run of five laps from Riley toward the end of the race all within 0.850s of each other rewarded him with victory.
Despite not winning, Burns’ overall pace was strong and his quickest lap was only 0.029s short of the race’s fastest.
His improved pace toward the end of the race saw him cut the gap to Riley in the final laps.
The race winner later said the pain from a shoulder dislocation two days prior meant he struggled for pace late in the race.
Daniel Gate finished the race third, more than eight seconds behind the winner.
The day’s second race saw Riley lead lights to flag unopposed, recording a lap over 0.650s quicker than the pole time on his way to victory.
Riley set an unchallenged pace from the start of the race, entering the mid-58s four times in the eight-lap event.
Burns again showed excellent consistency, lapping within seven tenths of his quickest lap on six consecutive occasions.
Daniel Gate showed too how consistently drivers can lap in F1000 cars, also consistently lapping close to his personal best.
But despite mature drives from both Burns and Gate, Riley again emerged victorious.
After eight laps the difference between first and second at the chequered flag was 1.5s.
Daniel Gate finished over eight seconds behind.
The meet’s final race saw the closest finish of the day, with the three cars being separated by less than seven seconds at the finish line.
Taking a hat trick of victories, Ben Riley finished ahead of Stewart Burns and Daniel Gate.
But the final positions weren’t as clear as in races one and two, with Gate trailing Burns by only two seconds after eight laps.
The three drivers’ quickest race lap times were separated by only 0.7s.
Burns’ challenge for the race lead lasted until the final lap, when a fuel starvation issue meant he was forced to nurse the car to the finish line.
A personal best lap time by Gate closed the gap by 3.5s on the final tour, but it was not enough to secure Fastlane Racing’s best result in the 2014 season.