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Apr 8, 2017

New era kicks off at Sandown Raceway

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The Australian Prototype Series has officially begun, with three practice sessions completed today at Sandown Raceway for round one – being held as part of the opening round of the Shannons Nationals.
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Radical racer Kim Burke was fastest for day one of the new series, which caters for open-top, LeMans style sports cars in Australia with an eligibility list that has been designed to open the sport up to more cars than ever before.
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“What I really like about what we are doing is the Series is associated with what competitors want and already we have invited more cars and more classes,” racer and series cooperative co-owner Mark Laucke said – who topped practices one and two this morning in the Laucke Flour Mills West.
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“With the different performance characteristics of the different cars what we will see is extra interest for drivers and for spectators and racing that is both more fun to watch and compete in.”
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While Laucke topped the time sheets for the opening practice sessions, it was Radical racer Kim Burke who was fastest in P3 and by virtue of his time in that outing, was also fastest for the entire day with a 1m 12.8161s lap.
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“Today has been a really good day. I am running two categories this weekend (the APS and the Radical Championship) and it is all going well so far,” Burke explained.
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“I am finding the APS really good so far – everyone is really good on-track and I haven’t had any problems. It is good to see the variety of cars out there.
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“There are some quick guys out there and the competition will get harder as the weekend goes on I think – this is just practice, so it doesn’t count,” he laughed.
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“I am enjoying it so far and will definitely run some more rounds.”
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The third and final practice session for the day was declared with four minutes on the clock, when Adam Cranston came to grief on the back straight after losing the front wing under his front tyres.
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Cranston was driving the #5 Aventis Racing F1000 in today’s sessions, after the plane delivering the Wolf GB08 Tornado CN Prototypes he and his brother Josh will race this weekend was delayed.
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“The front wing has dislodged itself under the front wings of the car and lifted the wheels up so I have just lost full control of the car,” Cranston explained.
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“I jumped on the brakes and effectively sailed off into the wall in a straight line, thankfully I had enough speed taken off before I hit the wall.
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“There isn’t a massive amount of damage, and tomorrow hopefully we will be in one of the Wolf cars!”
At the time of the red flag flying, Cranston was the fastest for the FL1 class after Terry Peovitis had earlier topped the class ranks in P1 and P2.
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Fastest for the Kumho Cup class for the day was John-Paul Drake in the Synep Racing West, with a 1m 14.0611s lap set in P1. The Australian Prototype Series action at Sandown Raceway continues tomorrow (Saturday) with qualifying at 10.40am and race one at 1.10pm.