Makris reflects on APS title

Jason Makris has cemented himself as an Australian motor sport series winner, claiming the Australian Prototype Series presented by Hot Wheels.

Racing at Phillip Island last weekend, Makris battled through various technical issues to claim the win over his nearest rivals Mark Laucke and John-Paul Drake, who also struck mechanical issues that ruled them out of title contention.

Makris picked up two wins and a fifth place at the Island to claim the coveted top prize.

“How good is it? It’s absolutely great,” Makris said after the race.

“To get the win was the aim—not only wanting the round at Phillip Island but to take out the championship as well … JP and I have been battling all year and it was really great that it was between us two.

“We’ve got good coaches, good crew and all the family support behind us.”

Makris remained the most consistent driver over the course of the season, being the only driver in the series this year to finish every race.

“Consistency in the APS is good, but there was a lot on over the weekend and was where it all counted,” Makris added.

“We came in with nil time getting these cars prepared for the year—we put in some extra hours prior to round one and it paid off.

“I’ve been doing this for four seasons and to win it now was what I wanted.”

Laucke finished runner-up for the season in his West, with Radical racer Philip Hughes jumping Drake in the standings to finish third outright for 2018.

Class winners for 2018 were Jonathon Stoeckel taking out the Kumho Cup and Hughes claiming the top spot for Radical/Super Sports.