GARRY’S WINTON SHANNONS NATIONALS WRAP – SUNDAY
CHAZ MOSTERT brought home the outright and Class A1 victory in the second round of the Australian Production Car Series at Winton Motor Raceway today, clinching the round honours in the Ford Focus that Nathan Morcom had first driving duties in.
The latter had an intense battle from the beginning with Super 2 Development Series team mate Will Brown who started the event in Rod Salmon’s Mitsubishi EVO X.
The Salmon/Brown ultimately succumbing to a drive shaft failure, leaving the similar machine of Bob Pearson and Rick Bates to pick up second place ahead of the Subaru Impreza shared by Dimitri Agathos and Lachlan Gibbons.
Behind the three A1 Class cars came Scott Gore and Keith Bensley (Class B1 BMW135i) with Tyler Everingham and Michael Almond finishing fifth and first in Class C in their Renault Megane.
THE FIRST clean sweep of race wins in round three of the GT3 Cup Challenge has enable Jordan Love to strengthen his lead in the series.
Love won both of today’s sprint races ahead of fellow Professional Class drivers Peter Major and Brenton Grove while Anthony Gilbertson finished fourth in each was the leading Elite Class competitor.
The first race was shortened by a lap when Brett Boulton had a drive shaft failure on the warm-up lap. Close behind Gilbertson were John Karytinos and Sam Shahin. The latter finished ahead of Karytinos in the last race.
WITH A pair of victories in today’s races, Jason Makris took out the second round the Australian Prototype Series.
The West driver had a thrilling dice with Terry Peovitis in his F1K open wheeler and looked beaten when Peovitis grabbed the lead at turn 7 towards the end. But Makris charged back to regain the lead at turn 11 and take the win.
In the last race, he conceded the lead to his rival off the start but Peovitis ran off the circuit at turn 3 and Makris led again. However, had battle royal with Aaron Steer (West) all the way to the flag while Gerrif Ruff was a close third in another West.
STEVE MCLAUGHLAN won both 50-minute races aboard his Audi R8 LMS in the Australian GT Trophy Series, and the second-round victory.
In race two he was forced to work hard, pressuring Matthew Stoupas (Audi) into a mistake on the penultimate lap.
Rod Salmon was also in the thick of the action, leading the opening race and also catching the lead pack in the final laps of the second, but made a mistake and ended his run in the gravel trap at turn 7.
Fellow Audi driver Rick Mensa came home with third overall and Travers Beynon, in yet another Audi finished fourth for the round.
Technical issues in the second outing and a hit from Stoupas in race on, left the favourites Rio Nugara and Jake Fouracre without a result, after the qualifying their Audi R8 on pole yesterday.
We’ll have a full wrap of the Shannons National action from Winton in the next issue of Auto Action, on sale Thursday. In the meantime, follow us on social media, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for all the latest news.
Date posted: June 11, 2017