By Mark Fattore
British hotshot Mark Dwyer has crushed his opposition for the second time in as many days to clean sweep the F5000 Tasman Cup Revival support class series at the 2011 Formula 1 Qantas Australian Grand Prix.
Today’s imperious performance saw him claim the honours by 6.23 seconds over Andrew Robson, with James Davison making it three Lola T332s on the podium.
“To come away from Albert Park with pole position and two wins is just brilliant – these types of outings are rare for car drivers,” said Dwyer. “And to win in front of such a huge crowd today is a great feeling, so I have plenty to celebrate.”
With Dywer utterly dominant, the main interest in race two was how far Davison and fellow Australian Greg Thornton -- who were second and third fastest in qualifying -- could slice through the pack after race one DNFs.
And their impact was immediate, with Davison clawing back six spots on lap two – with Thornton also rattling cages in his Surtees TS11.
Davison didn’t let up, and his final act of heroism was jumping two spots on the final lap to seize the last spot on the podium, ahead of Thornton, Aaron Lewis (Matich A50) and David Abbott (Lola T430).
Thornton again set the fastest lap of the race with his 1:56.2654.
Dwyer completed the weekend with a maximum 30pts, ahead of Lewis (18), Abbott (15), Robson (12) and Davison (10).
The 2010/2011 F5000 championship had already been wrapped up prior to the Albert Park finale by New Zealand stalwart Ken Smith.