GARRY’S DARWIN SUPERCARS SUPPORT WRAP – SATURDAY
THERE WERE maiden wins for Jaxon Evans and Tim Miles at Hidden Valley today in race one of round four of the Porsche Carrera Cup Australia, the category a major support to the CrownBet Darwin Triple Crown.
Evans has kept his cool to take the overall win while his McElrea Racing teammate Miles finished his debut single-driver race with the Carrera Challenge victory.
David Wall scored his first-ever pole position in his 38th round, with Evans alongside on the front row. The latter had the best start to lead, closely followed by Alex Davison and Wall.
Evans maintained the front-running throughout. Davison was always within striking distance and applied the pressure towards the conclusion of the 25-lap race. On the final lap, Davison ran wide at turn one and lost second to Wall.
Dylan O’Keeffe and James Abela placed fourth and fifth from Cam McConville, Nick McBride and Andre Heimgartner, who dropped down the order following turn one contact with O’Keeffe.
Stephen Grove and Miles battled at the head of the Challenge class in the opening race. However off-track excursions and spins from both mid-race allowed Sam Shahin to move into the class lead. Miles soon regained the top spot in class to eventually claim a two-second class win from Shahin.
RACE ONE of round three for the Touring Car Masters was the trophy event where the top nine from qualifying were reversed and started behind the rest of the field.
Jim Richards (Ford Falcon Sprint) was off pole position and held out fellow front row starter Cameron Mason (Ford Mustang) and Greg Garwood (Ford Capri Perana) to lead initially. The latter moved to second shortly after and Garwood took the lead on the run to turn 2 for the second time.
From there Garwood led to the end, winning from Richards and Mason. There were numerous battles going on as the backmarkers found their way through the field. Adam Garwood (Torana) and Eddie Abelnica (Falcon XB Coupe) duked it out for fourth after starting 14th and 18th respectively.
Behind them came Bruce Williams (Torana) who started 17th, from Leo Tobin (Mustang) originally out of eighth, 19th starting Jason Gomersall (Torana) and fastest qualifier Steve Johnson (Mustang) who came off the back of the grid. John Bowe’s race finished early with his Torana breaking the gearbox.
IN THE two Combined Sedan races run today, Queenslander Adam Uebergang proved too strong. In both his Mazda RX3 was beaten into turn one on the first occasion by local Tim Playford (Mazda 808) but Uebergang regathered the front running soon after.
In the first it was almost immediately, shooting past at turn 5, and in the second it was under brakes at turn 1 on lap two.
Barry Smith (Holden Commodore VP) made it a top three for Improved Production O2L after a slow start in race one. He fought back for third ahead of a close finish between Keven Stoopman (Datsun 120Y turbo) and Simon Bulasch (Ford Escort turbo).
The best of the Commodore Cup cars, driven by Bryce Fullwood, finished sixth, and then backed up for a third in race two ahead of Smith who had a lose out of turn 6 when third.
With a sixth and an eighth, Peter Cusato (Ford Escort) was the best of the under two litre IPs and NSW’s Brett Osborn dominated the HQ Holden ranks with wins of 4.6s and 6.2s over Andrew McLeod (Vic) and Joel Heinrich (SA) respectively.
MATT BRABHAM was the winner of the second Stadium Super Trucks race at Hidden Valley. He won ahead of Gavin Harlien who pipped Robbie Gordon at the finish while Jeff Hoffman was fourth ahead of Craig Dontas and Greg Gartner.
Paul Morris was next across the line despite clouting the tyres at the chicane and putting his truck on its side. Officials quickly pushed it back on its wheels and sent him on his way. The rest of the field waited on the back of the circuit for him to catch up for a one-lap flier to the finish.
Date posted: June 17, 2017