Benalla’s Ellexandra Best and Lauren Gray Motorsport team owner and co driver Michael Gray were presented with the 2017 Australian Production Car Class D Cup and Series Championship trophies for 2017.
The duo won the Class D cup without participating in the final round of racing, as their Toyota Corolla was still being rebuilt after it broke down in the previous round.
The final round of the Australian Production Car Series was held at Wakefield Raceway, Goulburn.
The team was fortunate to already have secured the championship win.
‘‘I have not driven at Wakefield before and was looking forward to the opportunity, but unfortunately it didn’t work out that way,’’ Best said.
She attended the race meeting and assisted Class E competitors Paul Currie and Jason Walsh as their refueller — they were later crowned the champions for Class E for the second year in a row.
‘‘The team needed an extra crew member and I was available, I was only too happy to help,’’ she said.
Last year Best narrowly missed out on winning the Class E championship by a point.
But this year, after stepping up to Class D and teaming up with LGM again, the silverware has followed.
‘‘We’ve had our ups and downs throughout the season, but the team was determined to win this year, given it escaped us last year,’’ she said.
‘‘LGM crew, Lauren, Will, Craig, Maddie, Daniel, and Pete worked hard all year and I can’t thank them enough for their support and help.
‘‘I have had fantastic support from Best Leisure Industries, Benalla Sports Person Trust, Beaurepaires Benalla, Revolution Racegear, Daisy’s Garden Maintenance, Burke Signs Benalla and my family.
‘‘This has helped me to have a successful year and achieve the championship win, which I am forever grateful.’’
Ellexandra and Michael will join forces for the 2018 Bathurst six-hour event at Easter and attempt to conquer the mountain.