GARRY’S DARWIN SUPERCARS SUPPORT WRAP – SUNDAY
JAXON EVANS took his winning form from Saturday into Sunday, with victories in the remaining two races of the fourth round of Porsche Carrera Cup at the CrownBet Darwin Triple Crown today.
It was a clean sweep for the youngster in his rookie year, withstanding the challengers in the early stages of both races and then remaining steady for the duration.
He was copybook off the start of race two, holding out David Wall who tried to go around the outside at turn 1. Wall held second until passed by Alex Davison at the same corner on the 11th of 18 laps to finish second.
Fourth went to Dylan O’Keeffe ahead of James Abela who resisted Andre Heimgartner’s attempts to get by. Cameron McConville was next while Nick McBride managed to nab Michael Almond on the final lap.
In the Challenge, Sam Shahin came from third to win while his adversaries Stephen Grove and Tim Miles tangled at the last corner on the final lap. Grove managed to limp to the line but Miles was a DNF with front suspension damage.
It was Davison who tried to take on Evans at the first corner of race three but to no avail. Heimgartner made a great start and was up to third at the first turn, but two-wide and through a wheel off at the exit out of the corner and lost places.
Behind Evans, Davison was second from Wall, Heimgartner, McConville, Abela, O’Keeffe and McBride. The Challenge Class winner Shahin was next ahead of class rival Miles while his adversary Grove retired at the end of opening lap with radiator damage.
AS IT been the last two years, it was the Steve Johnson/John Bowe show in races two and three of the third round of Touring Car Masters. They were a class ahead of the opposition in their two-race battle for victory. Johnson (Ford Mustang) led all the way in race two, holding off Bowe (Holden Torana).
Third was up for grabs between Jason Gomersall (Torana), Williams (Torana), Abelnica (Ford Falcon XB), Adam Garwood (Torana), Ryan Hansford (Torana), Adam Bressington (Chev Camaro) and Cameron Mason (Mustang).
Gomersall withstood Williams’ challenge and then Abelnica, to take third ahead of the XB Falcon Coupe while behind Williams, Garwood held off Bressington. Hansford experienced power steering failure and finished behind Greg Garwood (Ford Capri Perana) as Cameron Tilley (Valiant Pacer) pipped Mason on the line.
In race three Johnson again held sway, but ultimately Bowe found a way past at turn 1 and went on to win. Gomersall was third but was under pressure from Williams before a touch between the two at turn 5, impeded their progress and allowed Abelnica through.
Williams finished fourth ahead of Bressington, Hansford, the Garwoods, Adam and Greg, Jim Richards (Ford Falcon Sprint) and Gomersall. As in the previous race Tilley edged out Mason at the end.
CONTINUING HIS winning ways was Queenslander Adam Uebergang in his Mazda RX3 with another win in the third and final race for the Combined Sedans in the Top End.
This time however he led all the way to a perfect score and took out Improved Production Over Two Litre honours, downing local Tim Playford (Mazda 808 turbo) for the third time while Bryce Fullwood was third and first of the Commodore Cup runners.
Peter Cusato put in a worthy performance in his Under Two Litre IP Ford Escort to finish fourth overall ahead of Adam Champion (IP Holden Commodore) and Simon Bulasch who started his O2L IP Escort turbo off the rear of the grid.
Best of the HQ Holdens for the third time this weekend was NSW’s Brett Osborn. He finished 15th overall, 5.2s clear of the battle for second where Andrew McLeod held on over Andrew Williams.
STADIUM SUPER Trucks wound out the race program in the Northern Territory with their third race of the program. Paul Morris took the win ahead of Robby Gordon, Matt Brabham. Jeff Hoffman was fourth in front of Craig Dontas, Gavin Harlien and Bill Hynes. Greg Gartner retired after nine of the 11 laps.
Date posted: June 18, 2017