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Apr 9, 2017

Shannons Day 3 Wrap: Sandown Round 1

The opening round of the Shannons Nationals 2017 season is officially complete, with drivers competing in the challenging wet conditions on the final day of racing at Sandown International Raceway.

 

CAMS Australian GT Trophy Series presented by Pirelli
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Victorian racer Steve McLaughlan has taken a stellar season opening round win in the CAMS Australian GT Trophy Series presented by Pirelli.

McLaughlan took the round win including the first race victory, with his strong qualifying effort allowing him to collect just enough points to take the top step of the podium.

Rod Salmon was second for the round, which included a Race 2 victory for the New South Welshman.

Jan Jinadasa rounded out the podium with third, with Rob Smith and Wayne Mack rounding out the top five.

The battle for position was also on in the trying wet conditions for the MARC Class, with Keith Kassulke taking the class victory ahead of last year's class winner Jake Camilleri.

The CAMS Australian GT Trophy Series now heads to Winton Motor Raceway for their next round on 9-11 June.

 

CAMS Jayco Australian Formula 4 Championship
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Nick Rowe has taken the second round of the CAMS Jayco Australian Formula 4 Championship, in what was a double round for the season opener for the championship at Sandown.

Rowe fended off an ultra competitive Liam Lawson, with their pair sharing victories before heading into the final race for the round.

Lawson challenged Rowe for the lead in the wet conditions, but the West Australian was able to hold off Lawson to take today's round win.

CAMS Foundation Rising Star Cameron Shields finished third for the second round, while Aaron Love was the leading Rookie.

The CAMS Jayco Australian Formula 4 Championship now heads to Barbagallo in Western Australia for its third round on 5-7 May.

 

Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Australia presented by Pirelli
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South Australian Sam Shahin has taken a breakthrough round win in the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge presented by Pirelli, after having strong and consistent finishes across the weekend.

Despite not winning a race, Shahin took the round win by three points to young gun Jordan Love.

Love bounced back today in strong form, taking both of today's race wins and wrapping-up the Professional class for the weekend.

After taking a single race win for the weekend, Brenton Grove also had a strong debut in the series, rounding out the podium in third.

Victorian John Morriss was fourth, with former Olympian John Steffensen having a great national motor sport debut finishing fifth.

In Class B Aaron Ireland took the win, ahead of Michael Tsigeridis and David Greig.

The next round of the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge will be held at Phillip Island on 26-28 May.

 

Australian Prototype Series
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Philip Hughes has managed to take the first ever round win for the Australian Prototype Series, taking both of today's race victories.

The Radical racer had an impressive win, considering he was lacking second gear all weekend.

David Crampton was second for the round, ahead of yesterday's race winner Mark Laucke.

After a tough race in the wet this morning, Laucke was part of an enthralling three-way battle for fourth in the final race with Mark Short and Jason Makris.

First home in the Kumho Cup class was John-Paul Drake in the colourful West, while Terry Peovitis took honours in the F1000 class.

Also on track today were the two brand-new Synep Racing Wolf GB08 Tornados of Adam and Josh Cranston, however both entries elected to sit out of Race 3 due to not having a sufficient wet setup for their cars.

The Australian Prototype Series now heads to Winton Motor Raceway for their second round on 9-11 June.

 

Radical Australia Cup
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Peter Paddon has extended his series lead, taking both of the race wins and the round in Radical Australia Cup.

With both races interrupted with heavy rain, Paddon led the way in the wet conditions from David Crampton, who finished second in both races in his Radical SR3RSX.

Oliver Smith rounded out the podium with a third place for the round, while Tony Haggarty and Rowan Ross finished fifth and sixth respectively.

The third round of the Radical Australia Cup now heads to the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, on 26-28 May.

 

The next round of the Shannons Nationals will be Round 2 at Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, featuring a bumper-line-up with the CAMS Australian Endurance Championship, Porsche Carrera Cup Australia, CAMS Jayco Australian Formula 4 Championship, Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Australia and Radical Australia Cup.

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