QUEENSLAND RACEWAY ROCKED BY 2 DAYS OF THUNDER
Shannon O’Brien dominated the Trans-Am Series as part of the 2 Days of Thunder at Queensland Raceway last weekend.
After qualifying on pole, O’Brien went on to win all four races of the weekend. It was his second clean sweep in as many rounds, adding to his impressive record at Queensland Raceway.
“It was an awesome round for us, thanks to the team at Fataz Competition Engines for a great car all weekend,” said O’Brien.
Behind New Zealand racer Shane Wigston and Ian Palmer shared the second place honours, splitting them two a piece.
A hat-trick of wins by Russell Wright saw him extend his championship lead in the Trans-Am 2 Racing Series after the weekend third round of the series at the 2 Days of Thunder at Queensland Raceway.
Trans-Am 2 debutant Ashley Jarvis claimed pole position, then followed up by taking out the win in the opening race in wet conditions.
Wright went on to take the win in the second race, over Jarvis, and from there, was unstoppable for the rest of the weekend.
Even the challenge of the reverse grid race didn’t hold Wright back, charging from the rear of the field to take the lead on lap 7.
Wright was delighted with his result as the competition stepped up another level.
“We were racing so close and so hard, and through all Trans-Am 2 cars there were no mechanical issues and no panel damage. It was an incredibly successful weekend for the category,” said Wright.
“There was less than a second between more than three-quarters of the field, so it’s getting incredibly close.
“The cars are actually quicker than most of us are driving them, so everybody is starting to step up to the challenge as they feel more comfortable in the cars.”
Jamie Furness impressed on his Saloon Car debut as part of the 2 Days of Thunder at Queensland Raceway.
The two-time Queensland HQ Holden Series champion secured two wins, as well as a second and a third, driving the ex-Jarvis Family AU Falcon to win the round.
However, it wasn’t and easy weekend for Furness. Several race long battles with Lindsay Kearns, saw the two share the victories.
Furness was overjoyed to come away with the round win on his Saloon Cars debut.
“I didn’t expect to go as well as I did,” said Furness.
“There was a little bit of luck involved in the last race with Lindsay having his drama but i’m absolutely wrapped and glad I made the move into Saloon Cars.
“Thanks to Zooma Signs, Mal Wood Automotive, my family as well as Lighthouse Electrical and the Jarvis Family for assisting me with the car across the weekend.”
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Date posted: June 21, 2017