Unified Petroleum Autosports got the perfect start in the 2020 Mega GEARS season by taking a 1-2 finish at Bathurst. While Kyran Parkin took pole by two tenths, the Fury Racing driver had a disastrous first lap, colliding with team mate April Carlsvard. Both cars would go on to have several more incidents early in the race, with both being out by half distance.
Behind Filippakos, who took a commanding win, a strategic battle was developing for 2nd, with drivers on different tyre strategies. James Lambert chose to repair damage at his stop, coming out ahead of Campbell Wallis, who elected not to change tyres, and Bjorn Golda, who was struggling with tyre wear. Wallis, however, lost a lot of time with a spin soon after pitting and was eventually overtaken by Mark Singleton in the closing laps. Ahead, Lambert’s superior tyre wear saw him pass Golda and eventually finish fifteen seconds ahead.
Allie Ferrie was running a comfortable 2nd and would almost certainly have finished in that position without a crash at one-quarter distance which forced an early pit stop, however the Aureus driver recovered to 4th by the end.
In a race of attrition, all eight finishers scored points. Chris Williamson drove a steady race to 7th while rookie Martin Fernandez survived several scares to record a points finish in 8th, albeit eight laps down at the end.
The next round is on Sunday, 22nd March 2020 at Mosport Park, Canada.
|Pos||Up||Driver||Team||Time/Retired||Qual Time||Fastest lap|
|1||▲1||Lazaros Filippakos||Unified Petroleum Autosports||01:41:33.70||01:57.47||01:59.22|
|2||▲6||James Lambert||Unified Petroleum Autosports||01:01.84||01:59.94||02:00.43|
|3||▲2||Bjorn Golda||Bad Pun Racing||01:16.05||01:58.53||02:00.63|
|4||▼1||Allie Ferrie||Aureus Motorsport||01:33.03||01:57.98||01:59.75|
|5||▲1||Mark Singleton||Bad Pun Racing||01:42.99||01:58.57||01:59.81|
|6||▲1||Campbell Wallis||Kaibutsu Racing||01:56.93||01:59.14||02:00.09|
|7||▲3||Chris Williamson||Aureus Motorsport||+3 laps||02:03.78||02:04.36|
|8||▲4||Martin Fernandez||Realish Racing NDP||+8 laps||02:08.12||02:12.24|
|9||▼5||April Carlsvard||Fury Racing||Suspension||01:58.12||02:00.30|
|10||▲1||Steve Kirk||Realish Racing NDP||Accident||02:06.26||02:12.09|
|11||▼2||Joshua Anderson||Cosmo Seiki Japan||Accident||02:02.24||02:03.25|
|12||▼11||Kyran Parkin||Fury Racing||DNF||01:57.27||02:00.03|
Championship Top 5s
Lazaros Filippakos (UPA) – 10; James Lambert (UPA) – 8; Bjorn Golda (Bad Pun Racing) – 6; Allie Ferrie (Aureus) – 5; Mark Singleton (Bad Pun Racing) – 4
Unified Petroleum Autosports – 18; Bad Pun Racing; 10; Aureus Motorsport – 7; Kaibutsu Racing – 3; Realish Racing NDP – 1