In a victory shrouded in controversy, IBM Team driver Vaughn Woods took out the inaugural Candle 600 on the Gold Coast last week.
"Wild Thing Vaughn" narrowly defeated Frenchman and fellow IBM Team driver Francois Vazille, and American Bill Kirkpatrick from Team Candle, in a sudden-death lap time sprint after qualifying second fastest on the grid.
Despite numerous protests lodged by competing drivers in the Porsche Boxter S-class event, race officials awarded the points to Woods, placing him in number one position in the championship.
Allegedly Woods used an illegal gear ratio by starting in first gear from the grid - the rules clearly state all drivers must begin in second. Satellite images received by Tabloid unfortunately proved inconclusive.
The race was also marred by a number of incidents involving several drivers spinning out of control on the wet track, narrowly avoiding serious injury.
Cameron Tomes of Team Informa Publishing lost control during practice, sending his $180,000 Boxter into a sand trap. His car had to be towed, putting the promising young driver out of contention.
Meanwhile, IBM Team driver Clare Brown skidded off the road during the harrowing nine-hour endurance race and ended up in the trees. Although track officials and mechanics rallied to fix the car, serious grass damage to the under carriage ruled Brown out of a possible podium finish.