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Aug 11, 2012

HOSSACK SERVES NOTICE WITH SATURDAY VICTORY

DARREN Hossack stormed to the front and then pulled away from the Kerrick Sports Sedan series field to take race one this afternoon, as Round 6 of the Shannons Nationals presented by Hi-Tec Oils turned up the heat at Queensland Raceway.

The Audi A4 driver started third and was gifted second when polesitter Kerry Baily pitted with mechanical dramas at the end of the formation lap. He then passed Tony Ricciardello mid way through lap two to take a lead he’d never lose.

The only thing left for Hossack was to go very, very quickly; smashing the five-year old Kerrick series lap record en route to the win, leaving the new benchmark at 1m08.74s. Ricciardello finished second and Shane Bradford third in his Camaro. Phil Crompton’s new Mustang also made an impressive debut, finishing fourth.

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Simon Tabinor moved to the top of the Dial Before you Dig Australian Saloon Car Series standings, winning the first race of three this weekend in his VT Holden Commodore.

Bevan Garioch – father of V8 Touring Car young guns Justin and Nathan – led the race early however was served a drive-through penalty for jumping the start that dropped him from the lead.

Tabinor – despite starting eighth - was able to come through to take the flag ahead of Matt Shanks (AU Falcon) and John Van Gilst (AU Falcon). Tabinor looks set to take a handy lead into the remainder of the series in the absence of defending series winner Matt Lovell.

The Radical Australia Cup staged their two 10-lap qualifying sprint races today, ahead of their 50-lap feature to be held tomorrow.

Neale Muston held off a fast-finishing Paul Stokell – who will co-drive with Radical newcomer Phil Holzberger tomorrow - to win the opening race, continuing his winning streak that has seen him win three of the four rounds so far this year. He also won the second sprint, after polesitter Peter Johnston stalled at the start and dropped to the bottom of the top ten.

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Reece Murphy held out Damien Ward for the win in a thrilling first race in the Hi-Tec Oils Australian Swift Racing Series, the pair swapping the lead five times in the nine-lap affair.

The pair dominated the race and swapped positions regularly, but a last-lap move in turn one saw Murphy dive up the inside to take the lead – one he would hold throughout the final lap despite an ambitious late-breaking attempt Ward at turn three saw him draw alongside.

Rob Jarvis held out series rookie Callan Sayer for third – with the pair side by side in the final corner – with defending champion Allan Jarvis fifth.

Jason Smith won the opening race of the Australian Superkart Championship finale, leading home Gary Pegoraro and Russell Jaimeson. Smith also set a new class lap record of 1m09.37s – two seconds quicker than the existing Superkart benchmark.

There was drama, however, when title contender Darren Hossack was hit by Warren McIlveen at turn four, McIlveen’s kart flung into the air. Both drivers walked away from the accident; however Hossack’s 18-point title lead was turned into a two-point deficit going into Sunday.