GARRY’S SYDNEY SUPERCARS SUPPORT WRAP – SATURDAY
GT ENDURANCE CHAMPIONSHIP
THE PAIRING of Tim Miles and Jaxon Evans repeated their round one effort by taking out round two of the Australian Endurance Championship, the Sydney Motorsport Park 501 at SMP.
Due to being time certain, the enduro went one lap short of the scheduled 129 where the winners finished 3.2 seconds ahead of Liam Talbot and John Martin in their Walkinshaw Racing Porsche 911 GT3-R while third went to the Miles/Evans Audi R8 LMS team mates, Geoff Emery and Kelvin van der Linde.
Finishing on the lead lap in fourth and fifth respectively were the Daniel Gaunt/Dylan O’Keefe Audi and the Peter Edwards/Graeme Smyth (Ferrari 488).
Tabot and Emery started on the front row and had contact into turn one on the opening lap. Talbot took the lead while Emery speared off, resumed and pitted early for his co-driver to take over.
Van der Linde drove from the back of the field to the lead in impressive fashion, handing back to Emery who led until his back injury from two years ago, impeded his run to the flag.
The race had two safety cars periods. The first was for Scotty Taylor who crashed his Mercedes AMG heavily at turn one on the second lap, and the second when the James Bergmuller/Steve Richards BMW M6 ran out of fuel near turn 10 on lap 60.
Both Max Twigg and Tony D’Alberto (Mercedes), and Greg Taylor/Grant Denyer (Audi), were black flagged and excluded for failing to make their two compulsory stops within the pit window.
WINS IN races two and three of round five of the Dunlop Super2 Series were shared between Paul Dumbrell and Anton de Pasquale.
As he did in race one, Dumbrell steered his Eggleston Motorsport Holden Commodore VF to an immediate lead and was never headed.
Despite a two-car grid penalty from not following post-race procedure yesterday, de Pasquale (Paul Morris Motorsport Ford Falcon FG) was second ahead of 2016 series winner Garry Jacobson (Prodrive Racing Australia FG).
His team mate Richie Stanaway was also penalised for the same reason and finished fourth ahead of Macauley Jones (Brad Jones Racing VF) and Jack Le Brocq (Matt White Racing Nissan Altima) after a slow start from the front row.
De Pasquale beat Dumbrell off the line in race three and was never challenged. The latter was subsequently relegated by Stanaway and eventually by an improving Todd Hazelwood (Matt Stone Racing VF) who ultimately managed to get the better Stanaway for second.
Jacobson started two places further back for not attending the scales after race two, but came through for fifth just behind Dumbrell while Le Brocq was next.
MAKING A better start and run into turn one, set Team BRM’s Cameron Shields up for the opening race victory in round five of the CAMS Jayco Australian Formula 4 Championship.
Shields withstood the constant attention from series leader Nick Rowe (AGI Sport) for a 0.6 second victory while Tyler Everingham (Zagame Autosport) was third. BRM team mates Simon Fallon and Liam Lawson were disputing fourth until they had contact at turn 2.
Their exchange gifted Ryan Suhle (Zagame) with fourth ahead of the recovering Lawson. Next was Harley Haber (AGI) who recovered well from being turned around at the first corner of lap one due to contact with BRM’s Aaron Love.
Joining Fallon as retirees were Junior Race Development’s Jordan Mozzarella and Zane Morse (BRM) when the two clashed at turn 11.
AUSSIE RACING CARS
FOLLOWING A frantic start where the Aussie Racing Cars ran four-wide through the first corner and charged on to the second, James Duckworth (Camaro) emerged ahead and despite a safety car period, controlled proceedings from there.
Kel Treseder (Camaro) had to overcome Jaie Robson (Camaro) off both starts to secure second in the end while series leader Craig Woods (Mustang) finished in fourth ahead of the Mustangs driven by Peter Carr and Blake Sciberras.
Making a guest appearance in Grant Thompson’s Mustang was former owner of the category Phil Ward who finished 18th.
TOYOTA 86 RACING SERIES
CONTINUING HIS winning way, Cameron Hill won the opening race of the Toyota 86 Racing Series round three, but he had a harder job to get it done than his domination at the previous round.
Hill had pole after fastest qualifier Ben Grice was excluded, but was beaten away by Aaron Seton who led the opening two laps. Hill grabbed the lead on lap three and went on to win by 1.8s.
Seton finished second, repelling the challenge of series leader Jimmy Vernon while Tim Brook shadowed the pair across the line. Next was Liam McAdam ahead of Trent Grubel who was relegated to 12th with a post-race five-second penalty.
As a result, Dylan Thomas picked up sixth ahead of Steven Johnson, the invited Toyota driver, and Grice who put in a stunning drive for eighth after starting 32nd. Luke King, Dylan Gulson and Jake Klein were the next three across the line while the second invitee, rally ace Harry Bates was 14th behind Aaron Borg.
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Date posted: August 19, 2017