GARRY’S SANDOWN SUPERCARS SUPPORT WRAP – SUNDAY
MW MOTORSPORT driver Jack Le Brocq has steered his Nissan Altima to victory and the round win, though was aided by an incident between pole-sitter Anton De Pasquale and championship leader Todd Hazelwood.
Le Brocq followed De Pasquale, Hazelwood and a fast starting Bryce Fullwood into Turn 1, but emerged from Turn 4 as the leader after De Pasquale locked his rear brakes running both Hazelwood and himself off the road, while he passed teammate Fullwood approaching Turn 2.
Further in the pack, a clash between Richard Muscat, Jake Kostecki and Macauley Jones resulted in the GRM driver and the Kostecki Brothers Racing Commodores to be wedged in the tyre wall. Muscat emerged unscathed, while broken suspension left Kostecki stranded on the outside of Turn 2, which forced the introduction of the Safety Car.
On the restart, Le Brocq bolted and was never headed as Paul Dumbrell was a surprised third after qualifying a lowly 11th, following MW Motorsport pair Le Brocq and Fullwood home. Hazelwood recovered from dead last to seventh and sits 49-points behind heading to the final round at Newcastle.
Before then, the Super2 drivers will contest a non-championship event at Bathurst.
PORSCHE CARRERA CUP
THE THIRD and final race for round six of the Porsche Carrera Cup Australia series was the first of the Endurance Cup events where Alex Davison grabbed the lead off Nick McBride at the first corner to take a comprehensive win.
McBride then made a slight error at turn 9 on first lap which allowed team mate Andre Heimgartner to slip pass and hold second for the duration of the 24-lap race while McBride’s third was good enough to win the round ahead of Davison and Heimgartner.
Jaxon Evans continued to climb through the field, finishing a close fourth while Dylan O’Keeffe led home David Wall and Cameron McConville for fifth, and Abela was eighth despite two brief off road excursions.
Next and ninth was Stephen Grove who took Challenge honours as well as passing his son Brenton three laps from home. Simon Ellingham was second in class with Marc Cini third.
For the round though, Grove and Tim Miles finished equal on points, with first going to Grove as Dean Cook was third after the three races.
TOURING CAR MASTERS
STEVEN JOHNSON powered to a race three victory after another race-long battle with John Bowe who started his Holden Torana from pole and led the field for the first two laps before Johnson (Ford Mustang) took the lead away.
The battle for third was the highlight with Eddie Abelnica (Ford Falcon), Adam Bressington (Chev Camaro) and Ryan Hansford (Torana) battling furiously throughout.
Abelnica held third for the first seven laps, before a small mistake at turn 1 saw Bressington and Hansford relegate him to fifth.
Hansford then attacked Bressington but couldn’t get past until the final few corners of the race where they came across a lapped car. Bressington had a slight hesitation and Hansford pounced to take third by 0.001 seconds.
Abelnica finished fifth ahead of Jim Richards (Ford Falcon Sprint), Terry Lawlor (Mustang), Cameron Mason (Mustang), Geoff Fane (Camaro) and Mark King (Holden Monaro).
Tony Karanfilovski (Mustang) and Adam Garwood (Torana) tangled in an accident on the opening lap, exiting turn four, and fell out of contention.
We’ll have a full analysis of the all the action from Sandown in the next issue of Auto Action Magazine, on sale Thursday. Also make sure you follow us on social media Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or our weekly email newsletter for all the latest updates between issues.
Date posted: September 17, 2017