GARRY’S QUEENSLAND SHANNONS NATIONALS WRAP – FRIDAY
THE FIGHT IN THE NIGHT is the headline category at the fifth round of the Shannons Nationals, on at Queensland Raceway this weekend. The twilight-to-after dark 300km race is also the first part of the fourth round of the Australian Production Cars Series.
Brothers Grant and Iain Sherrin headed the time sheets in all three of the 20-minute practice sessions in their BMW M4 as well as the A1 Class. Their best lap was a 1min 18.5808s, just under a second up on Rick Bates and last round winner Bob Pearson (Mitsubishi EVO X).
Next best were Rod Salmon and Will Brown (Mercedes A45 AMG) ahead of the Beric Lynton and Tim Leahey BMW 1M, and Nathan Morcom and Chaz Mostert (Ford Focus RS).
The other classes were led by Gerry Murphy/Jim Pollicina (A1, BMW E92 M3), Scott Gore/Patrick Galang (B1, BMW 135i), Troy Williams/Jeff Nielsen (B2, Holden Commodore SSV), Scott Turner/Todd Hazelwood (C, BMW 130i), Michael James/Troy Rolley (D, Toyota GT86) and Lindsay Kearns/Scott Green (I, Ford Falcon AU).
IN PREPARATION for the fifth round of the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge and the final round of the Jim Richards Endurance Trophy, Jordan Love who leads both points tallies, has been fastest.
Less than a tenth of a second separates the Professional Class leader from Elite Class driver Anthony Gilbertson who was second quickest while Brenton Grove (Professional) was next ahead of the Elite’s Sam Shahin, John Karytinos, Brett Boulton, John Morriss, Rob Woods and Ross McGregor. Best of Class B was Brendan Cook.
A LOCAL has thrown down the gauntlet to the regular Australian Prototype Series regulars at round four with David Barram and his Chiron LMP3 have easily been the fastest over the three sessions.
His best of 1min 9.8027s was over a second quicker than the three West WX10s piloted by previous round winners Jason Makris and Mark Laucke, as well as John-Paul Drake.
Michael Whiting (West WR 1000) was fifth overall ahead of points leader Phillip Hughes and Chris Sutton in their Radicals, and Terry Peovitis aboard his RFR F1K.
COMPETITION IS tight in Queensland X3 Series with the top seven of 33 entries covered by less than a second after three practice sessions.
Brett Parrish leads the way ahead of Ashley Wright, Cameron Bartholomew, Jaylyn Robotham Maxim Erickson, Dan Peasey and Brock Giblin.
THRERE WAS just the one practice session for the GT Trophy Series where Audi R8 LMS driver Travis Beynon led the way ahead of 19 cars. Close behind were Richard Gartner (Lamborghini LP560) and Steve McLaughlan (Audi) with 0.007s between the top two and 0.06s covering the three.
Rod Salmon (Audi) was fourth ahead of Jan Jinadasa (Lamborghini) Wayne Mack (Ferrari 458) and the best of the five MARC Australian cars, Jake Camilleri in a Mazda V8.
We’ll have a full wrap of the Shannons National action from Queensland Raceway 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 updates across the weekend.
Date posted: August 4, 2017