In just his second full-time season of the Aussie Racing Cars Justin Ruggier has taken the series championship title for 2019 after an incredibly close battle with Kel Treseder all year long.
Velocity Motorsport Magazine caught up with Justin after the category’s spectacular Gala Dinner on Sunday night in Newcastle.
Coming into the final round just three points separated Ruggier and Treseder, a situation seen in the pocket rockets class a number of times over the past few seasons, and Ruggier only needed to finish within three positions of his title rival to take out the series.
Once again the Aussie Racing Cars stole the show at the final round of the Supercars for the Newcastle 500, they had the most cars on grid with 32 lined up for the four races. Unlike any other class their 3/4 size saw them battle 2 and 3 wide around the majority of the concrete lined street circuit.
An enormous crowd where there to see Ruggier crowned champion and the ever popular Aussie Car pits were always congested with fans wanting to get up close and personal with the drivers and teams.
The final round results saw Treseder win with 3 wins from 4 races and second place in the other, second went to Ruggier with 1 second and 3 third spots and Nick Simmons was third, he finished with 2 fourth spots and 2 second placings.
“It is so satisfying to know we all put on a great show for the Aussie Racing Car category, you never knew who would win a race let alone the championship and to me that’s why I love racing ARC, to all the supporters on and off the track thank you, to all the drivers and teams thank you for making me a better driver”, Ruggier told Velocity Magazine.
“Thank you to our loyal sponsors, Hertz, Powers Road Smash Repairs, Carl’s Jr And Hybrid Racing Simulations.”
“To our Western Sydney Motorsport crew Paul, Macka, Steve, Hodge, Peter, Craig , Claire, Brian, Blake, Darren, Graham, Simonne, Craig and Grant thank you so much for allowing me to be part of this amazing team”
“Lastly, to my beautiful wife, Christina, my daughter, Chelsea, Dad, Mum, and brothers Jamie and Daniel thank you for everything.”
Justin and all of the Aussie Racing Car class winners were able to celebrate with the category Gala Dinner on Sunday evening, listed below are all of the winners and place getters.
The Aussie Racing Cars now have a two month off season break before the first of seven rounds in 2020, kicking off at the Bathurst 12 Hour event.
4th Place Leigh Bowler
5th Place Blake Sciberras
1st Place Leigh Bowler
2nd Place Adam Clark
3rd Place Grant Thomo
Kody Garland Racing
Gerald Daniels Trophy for Engineering Excellence
Ian Chivas & Team
Round 7 Newcastle 500
1st Outright Kel Treseder
2nd Outright Justin Ruggier (TBC)
3rd Outright Nick Simmons TBC)
Gold Cup Tony Quinn
Masters Cup Leigh Bowler
Ladies Trophy Charlotte Poynting Racing
Rookie Award Kody Garland Racing
Heritage Car Award Kyle Clews
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