GARRY’S PHILLIP ISLAND SHANNONS NATIONALS WRAP – SATURDAY
DYLAN THOMAS brought home Nick McBride’s Sonic Motorsport Porsche a resounding 10.3 second winner in the first of the two-driver Pro-Am one-hour races, round three of the Carrera Cup Australia at the Shannons Nationals.
The event did end in some controversy when Geoff Emery who was at the helm of the Alex Davison entry and leading by six seconds, was given a pit lane penalty with six laps remaining, for a breach of pit stop procedure.
David Wall and Shane Smollen finished second ahead of Dylan O’Keeffe/Adam Gowans, Sam Shahin/Daniel Gaunt, Andre Heimgartner/Aaron Ireland and James Abela and Anthony Gilbertson in their repaired entry after its crash yesterday.
Earlier in the day, qualifying was held over two sessions with Heimgartner fastest in Q1 in front of McBride, Tim Slade and Nick Foster. Gowans headed Q2 from Emery, Stephen Grove, Shane Smollen, Thomas and John Goodacre.
THE OPENING two races of round three of the CAMS Jayco Australian Formula 4 Championship featured wins for Zagame Autosport with Ryan Suhle and Tyler Everingham taking victories.
Suhle led all the way in race one, accounting for the Team BRM duo of Cameron Shields and Liam Lawson while Nick Rowe (AGI Sport) worked his way from eighth to fourth.
The latter finished just in front of Zagame’s Everingham who was given a post-race 30-second penalty for contact that put Josh Denton (Team BRM) out of the race.
Everingham started race two tenth and put in an outstanding drive to take victory ahead of Zane Morse (Team BRM) and Lowe who started fifth. The race did have a brief safety car period on lap four after Shields and Suhle fired off at turn one whilst dicing for third spot.
IN THE opener to the second round of the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge second round, Jordan Love was a resounding winner over fellow Professional Class rival Brendon Grove.
Love won the ten-lapper by nearly seven seconds despite an early safety car that closed up of the field when John Morriss and John Karytinos tangled at turn two.
Third went to Anthony Gilbertson who was the Elite Class victor, ahead of round one overall Sam Shahin, Nick Karnaros, Ben Stack and Brett Boulton.
Love’s victory followed up his fastest time in qualifying which was shortened with a red flagged period when Grove went into the gravel trap at turn 12.
PETER PADDON kept his unbeaten winning Radical Australia Cup record intact with a dominant 10.5 second victory in race one of the third round.
Paddon started out of position three of the scheduled 50-minute race and took the lead at the first corner when the front row pair of pole sitter Michael Shaw and Oliver Smith ran off the track and resumed at the back of the field.
Shaw eventually fought his way back to second place ahead of Kim Burke while Smith was fifth, nestled between Peter Johnston and Tony Haggerty.
Qualifying was interrupted with a lengthy red flag, brought out when Peter Clare crashed. On resumption and after two and a half years out of the saddle, Michael Shaw remained at the top of the time sheets and set his fastest lap of 1 minute 31.706 seconds as the chequered flag came out.
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Date posted: May 27, 2017