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Jun 23, 2013

FAMILIAR NAMES ON TOP AT WINTON

FAMILIAR names featured at the top of the Shannons Australian Motor Racing Nationals results sheets at Winton Motor Raceway, as round four of the series concluded in perfect conditions at the Victorian circuit over the weekend.

Wayne King (Saloon Cars), Richard Muscat (Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge), Tony Evangelou (V8 Touring Cars) and Allan Jarvis (Swift Series) were the big winners today – each having already tasted success at Shannon Nationals rounds in the series recent history.

The Dial Before You Dig Saloon Cars that ended the round in style today with their second ever endurance race – won by Holden driver, Wayne King.

King turned the tables on race one winner Simon Tabinor in today’s 30-lap race – the first time in the series history that the six cylinder Holden-v-Ford category had moved away from their traditional sprint race format.

After being caught out by the safety car yesterday, King had no such issues today and swept to the victory, with Tabinor coming second to King and Ford Falcon driver Travis Sharpe completing the top three.

King and Tabinor drew level on points for the weekend, but it was the Adelaide driver who was handed the round victory by virtue of his win in today’s second race.

It was King’s second round victory of the season, having triumphed at Mallala earlier this season.

Andrew Nowland (Ford) and Harley Phelan (Holden) completed the top five in a successful first-up endurance effort for the category.

Former Kumho Tyres Australian V8 Touring Car Series champion Tony Evangelou claimed victory in Round 3 today, becoming the third winner from three rounds this year.

Driving an ex-Jason Bright/Ford Performance Racing in its original CAT colours, Evangelou claimed victory in today’s opening nine-lap race – his first race win in 12 months - and finished second to young gun Ryan Simpson in the 15-lap final to seal the round.

He finished second in yesterday’s opening race of three to claim his first round win since Eastern Creek in 2010.

Simpson, making his Kumho Series debut in a Triple Eight-built, ex-Craig Lowndes BF Falcon, finished second in today’s opening race after clutch problems and a lowly 11th place in Race 1 on Saturday.

He seized the lead of Race 3 on lap four from Evangelou and drove away to an 11.2-second victory to take his debut win in the class.

Shae Davies managed to build his series lead across the weekend, third place for the round helping him build his points lead over Mallala round winner Terry Wyhoon into an eight point advantage ahead of round four.

Local ace Richard Muscat extended his dominant winning streak in the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge presented by Pirelli today, backing up his endurance race win yesterday with wins in today’s two, 10-lap sprint races.

Muscat commanded the way in race two, but had to work for his race three victory after Elite division winner John Goodacre erupted into the lead to take the lead – holding on for three laps before Muscat eventually worked his way past.

The series leader ultimately won his second consecutive GT3 Cup Challenge round – and sixth race win on the trot – today, leading home Fraser Ross and Michael Almond in the professional-class standings.

He extends his lead in the series in a critical stretch for the one-make Porsche’s – they will race three times in six weeks with action at forthcoming Shannons Nationals rounds in Sydney and at Queensland Raceway.

Goodacre beat out John Morriss and Stephen Grove for the Elite category honours this weekend.

There were three different winners from three races in an intensely competitive round of the Hi-Tec Oils Australian Swift Racing Series today, defending champion Allan Jarvis finally breaking his 2013 duck to win the round.

Luke Fraser led home Ben Grice and Andrew Price in race one, whilst it was Jarvis who took the second with Price and Fraser following him home.

Having contended for the top position for much of the weekend, Grice broke through for a win in race three, Jarvis’ second place sealing him the overall round victory for the first time since late last year.

Price finished third and Fraser fourth to continue to hold the series lead.

The Swifts return in three weeks at Sydney Motorsport Park for their next round.

The Shannons Australian Motor Racing Nationals will have a quick three-week turnaround for the next round of the championships – to be held at Sydney Motorsport Park on the July 12-14 weekend.

The event will include the return of the Formula 3 Australian Drivers Championship to the series for the first time this year, plus action from the Australian GT Championship and Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Australia.

The Radical Australia Cup, Australian Swift Racing Series a three-hour enduro for the Australian Manufacturers Championship for production cars.

Action from this weekend’s round at Winton will be broadcast on SBS Speedweek next Sunday (June 30) with replays also scheduled for SPEED TV Australia in coming weeks.