HISLOP, FULLWOOD and PADDON. FRIDAY WINNERS
RAY HISLOP, Bryce Fullwood and Peter Paddon were the winners of the respective Improved Production, Combined Sedans and Radicals support races to the Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour at Mt Panorama today.
Five-time Improved Production National winner, Hislop (photo by Darin Mandy) took his Ford Falcon BF to an all-the-way victory, the gap in the end a huge 56.041 seconds as his major opposition in Matt Cherry (Holden Monaro) and Damien Milano (Holden Commodore) fell by the wayside.
Stunning speed and these retirements earned Jordan Cox and his two litre Honda Civic second spot while category stalwart Leigh Forrest finished third in his Toyota Celica Turbo, having started 14th.
The latter would be credited with fourth as the race was red flagged due to a crash by David Cocks (Commodore) at Skyline and Milano would pick up third despite being parked on Mountain Straight.
Fifth went to Scott Wilson (Commodore) who fought back after early spin due to contact with Kerry Wade (BMW) with Robert Braune and Justin Wade next in their BMWs.
Ex-Supercars, now V8 Touring Cars, dominated the major placings in Combined Sedans where Fullwood (Holden Commodore VE, photo by Darin Mandy) led throughout, beating Tony Evangelou (Ford Falcon BF) by almost ten seconds.
It was looking likely a trifecta for the class with Terry Wyhoon (Falcon FG) third for much of the race. Only in the latter stages was he passed by the quickest of the Sports Sedans in Steven Lacey and his Chev Camaro.
Josh Smith (FG) was next as he passed Jim Pollicina (VE) late in the race while Hamish Hardeman was next driving a Sports Sedan Commodore.
In Radical Australia Cup Oliver Smith (photo by Rhys Vandersyde) look the goods after qualifying fastest and establishing a healthy lead over John Morriss.
But a safety car period closed the field up and after the restart Peter Paddon who was fifth early on, forged his way through to eventually take victory ahead of Smith. Morriss just held onto third ahead of Peter Johnston and Simon Haggerty.
Date posted: February 3, 2017