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Apr 8, 2017

Shannons Insurance: Day 2 Wrap

The second day of the Shannons Nationals is done and dusted, with qualifying and racing officially underway for this weekend's national championships and series.


CAMS Jayco Australian Formula 4 Championship

In a first for the CAMS Jayco Australian Formula 4 Championship, the racing for Round 1 is complete, with New Zealander Liam Lawson taking victory in what was a three-race day for the young racers.

Lawson won the final race of the day, giving him enough points to take the round win ahead of Race 2 winner Josh Denton.

West Australian Nick Rowe rounded out the podium, after winning the opening race of the season.

Ryan Suhle was fourth for the first round of the season, with Jordan Mazzaroli, Tyler Everingham, Cameron Shields and Simon Fallon.

The championship returns tomorrow for their second round of the season, with Suhle starting from pole position for tomorrow's opening race, beginning at 9:10 (AEST).


Australian Prototype Series

The first-ever race for the Australian Prototype Series began at Sandown today, with Mark Laucke taking the historic win in his West race car and also the win in the P1 class.

Laucke had a great jump on the start, and crossed the 13-lap race ahead of fellow South Australian Mark Short.

Short was the winner of the Kumho Cup class, and crossed the line ahead of Radical class winner Peter Paddon.

Kim Burke originally crossed the chequered in third, but a post-race penalty saw him excluded from the race.

David Crampton was fourth across the line in his Radical, while F1000 racer Terry Peovitis was fifth and took his respective class win.

Today's other story was the debut of the Wolf GB08 Tornado, where Josh Cranston managed an impressive second in class.

The Australian Prototype Series returns tomorrow for two more races, to complete their opening round of the season.


Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Australia presented by Pirelli

Brenton Grove has taken the first race win of the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge presented by Pirelli season.

In what unfolded to be a dramatic season opener, Grove led the way from Elite class winners Nick Karnaros and Sam Shahin.

Jordan Love was unfortunately caught up at the start of the race and unable to finish, after claiming an impressive pole position in Qualifying.

John Morriss was fourth ahead of Michael O'Donnell in sixth respectively.

Former Olympian John Steffenson had a great national racing debut finishing sixth.

David Greig was first across the line in Class B.

The Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Australia will be back on track tomorrow for two further races.


Radical Australia Cup

Peter Paddon has taken the first Radical Australia Cup race for the weekend, in a race that was shortened due to the storms that approached and quickly interrupted the race.

Paddon led the way in the very wet conditions, despite the reigning champion driving on slick tyres.

Oliver Smith crossed the line behind Paddon in second, with David Crampton rounding out the top three.

Rowan Ross was fourth, ahead of Tony Haggarty, Chris Medland, Sue Hughes and Bill Medland.

The Radical Australia Cup returns tomorrow for two more races.


CAMS Australian GT Trophy Series presented by Pirelli

Rio Nugara and Jake Fouracre have taken pole position for tomorrow's CAMS Australian GT Trophy Series presented by Pirelli race at Sandown.

The duo set a lap time of 1:10.9519 in the Audi R8 LMS Ultra, ahead of the Lamborghini LP600 of Richard Gartner.

Steve McLaughlan was third on the charts, with Rod Salmon and Jan Jinadasa rounding out the top five for tomorrow's starting grid.

Making their debut in the series is Melinda Price and Liam McLellan, who managed the quickest time in the MARC class, ahead of Queenslander Keith Kassulke and John Goodacre.

Scott Hookey was fastest of the Challenge cars in his Ferrari 458 Challenge, while Justin McMillan and Dean Koutsoumidis will make the Reiter KTM X-Box Trophy debut from 18th on the grid.

The CAMS Australian GT Trophy Series returns for their two 50-minute races tomorrow.

The Shannons Nationals returns to tomorrow to complete Round 1 of the tour, with all of tomorrow's racing live and free through The Nationals TV livestream.