Adam Beechey and Donut King Win 2010 Commodore Cup
Donut King Racing Commodore Cup driver Adam Beechey is the 2010 Commodore Cup champion after finishing second overall in the final round of the series at Sandown on the weekend.
The Launceston driver only needed to finish in the top eight to clinch the series, but qualified second and finished second in the weekend's three races.
"I am absolutely stoked to win the title in my first full season in Commodore Cup," Beechey said. "At the start of the season, I probably didn't expect to be as competitive as I was, but Kenton Ferguson prepared a car that was fast and reliable, and I managed to finish on the podium in every round of the series, so consistency won us the title."
Beechey was second-fastest in a wet practice session behind Nick Parker.
"The car felt comfortable, and the engine was very strong," he said. "I tookit easy in that session, especially in Turn 1 and the high-speed corner at the end of the back straight, because there was no point in taking too many
risks in the wet conditions."
Beechey was again second after the two qualifying sessions behind five-time Commodore Cup champion Geoff Emer. It was Beechey's best qualifying result for the season.
"In the first session, I went off the track on my first flying lap, but the second session was a lot better and the car feels very good," he reported.
The weekend's opening race could only be described as mayhem, with a number of incidents and collisions between the Commodore Cup competitors. Fortunately, Beechey escaped serious damage, despite a scary incident exiting Turn 4 on the first lap.
"Coming out of Turn 4, Emery slowed down suddenly with a car problem and I had to slam on the brakes to avoid him," Beechey explained. "Unfortunately, Tony Bates hit the back of my car and pushed me into Geoff, but fortunately there wasn't too much damage."
Beechey then became involved in a spirited battle with Marcus Zukanovic for the race lead.
"I was faster than Marcus, but couldn't find anywhere to get past him and I didn't want to take any unnecessary risks, so I brought the car home in second."
In Race 2, Adam was relegated to a ninth-place starting position, courtesy of the top-10 reverse-grid format. However, a brilliant start, combined with some contact in the first corner, saw the Donut King Commodore in second position after just four corners.
"I picked through all the drama between other cars in the first couple of corners, and came up with second place," he said.
After that, Adam hunted down the race-leader Ross McGregor, but again wasn't able to find a way past.
"I had a bit of speed over Ross, and tried to get past him, but Ross was a hard racer. There were a few times I could have overtaken him, but I didn't want to make any contact."
Beechey was overtaken by Tony Bates at Dandenong Road Corner on the final lap, but recaptured the place coming out of the final corner to finish the race in second position, wrapping up the title with one race to run.
Adam's results gave him pole position for the final race. He led the first lap, but was overtaken by Marcus Zukanovic on Lap 2. Nevertheless, second position was enough for him to finish in second place for the round.
"Overall, it was a great weekend and a great way to wrap up the title," he said.
"I proved again this weekend that you don't necessarily have to race really hard to win championships, but you do have to race smart and have a reliable car. I've had both those ingredients this year and I've finished on top."
Adam Beechey's attention now turns to speedway racing in Tasmania, running in the Super Sedan series.
Round Results Summary - Adam Beechey, Commodore Cup Round 6, Sandown