Stokes Skis Australia Porsche Michelin Sprint Challenge driver Jason Miller is ruing what might have been, after a spin cost him a potential win in the final race of the weekend at Sandown today.
Changeable weather conditions saw teams scrambling for tyre choice before the start of the race, with Miller opting for wets while many others chose slicks.
At the start of the race, wets proved the correct call on the slippery track surface and Miller leapt to an early lead, only to spin at Turn 4 and fall to the tail of the field.
What followed was a determined recovery drive, as he fought back up to seventh before losing a couple of positions in the closing laps to slick-shod cars on the drying track, ultimately finishing ninth outright.
“I’m kicking myself – that was my best chance to win a Sprint Challenge race and unfortunately I threw it away,” Miller said.
“It was tough being the pioneer in such difficult conditions but I felt we had the strategy to win today, so it’s a disappointing outcome.”
On Saturday, Miller finished seventh outright in the first sprint race; the second sprint race was cancelled due to the extreme weather conditions at Sandown.
“I was happy with our practice pace in the dry on Friday, where I was doing similar times to the series leaders on old tyres, but it was my first experience racing the Porsche Cup car in the wet and we struggled for a bit of speed, due to my inexperience with the car in those conditions,” Miller said.
At the conclusion of the Sandown round, Miller has maintained his sixth position in the series standings; the next round will be held at The Bend Motorsport Park in October.
Porsche Michelin Sprint Challenge points
1. Tom Sargent – 462
2. Ryan Wood – 453
3. Courtney Prince – 342
4. Aron Shields – 309
5. Lachlan Bloxsom – 290
6. Jason Miller – 263
7. Madeline Stewart – 233
8. Harrison Goodman – 224
9. Tom Taplin – 81
10. Ollie Shannon – 78