Jul 13, 2013
SUPER SATURDAY SUCCESS AT SYDNEY MOTORSPORT PARK
SUPER SATURDAY at the Shannons Australian Motor Racing Nationals has delivered plenty of success to key drivers at Sydney Motorsport Park today.
Jack LeBrocq (Australian GT), Phil Woodbury (Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge), John Magro (Formula 3) and Allan Jarvis (Swifts) were the big winners today, whilst qualifying has set the scene for two major endurance races that are a feature on tomorrow’s massive program.
Sydney driver Phil Woodbury was a surprise winner in today’s 30-lap Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge presented by Pirelli endurance race, taking the race win after the early runaway leader Richard Muscat’s car broke a ball joint with 10 laps to go.
Woodbury is based in the Blue Mountains and with plenty of friends and family watching today, took his first win of the year in style, breaking a string of two challenging rounds.
John Goodacre finished second and Porsche rookie, Sydney speedway ace John McCorkindale, finished third on his Porsche debut.
The Porsche’s return for two races tomorrow to conclude their fourth round of the year, with Muscat to start from the back of the field – already missing two name drivers.
A collision in qualifying eliminated Michael Almond and Fraiser Ross from the running this weekend, Almond spinning in front of Ross at turn eleven, leaving the Melbourne-based Ross with nowhere to go. Both cars were too badly damaged to continue this weekend, though both drivers were not hurt.
Jack LeBrocq remains unbeaten in three Australian GT Championship presented by Pirelli races, sweeping today’s one-hour enduro by nearly thirty seconds.
The Erebus Motorsport ace only lost the lead during his compulsory pit stop and powered on to victory from there, setting a new Sydney Motorsport Park GT lap record (1m28.45s) in the process.
Klark Quinn hunted down Peter Edwards (sharing the Ferrari with John Bowe) for second in the race’s closing stages, with the red Ferrari then passed on the flying lap by a flying Nathan Antunes – sharing Rod Salmon’s Audi R8 LMS.
Edwards and Bowe were resigned to fourth at the end, Tony Quinn making it five Marques in the top five with his solid top five finish.
John Magro won both Formula 3 Australian Drivers Championship races today, in a day that saw both the qualifying and race lap records beaten on the ‘wings and slicks’ racers return to the Shannons Nationals program.
Glenn Seton and Bob Pearson crushed the Australian Manufacturers Championship field in qualifying today, to take pole for tomorrow’s three-hour endurance race – round two of the championship.
Seton’s fastest lap was a full second quicker than his closest rivals – his 1m40.47s benchmark achieved in the second session smashing the existing AMChamps record at the 3.9km Sydney circuit.
Dylan Thomas and Stuart Kostera will start second tomorrow whilst the Beric Lynton / Tim Leahey BMW 1M will start third.
For a full AMChamps report from today, click here.
After two qualifying sessions, it was pro driver Nathan Antunes who took pole position for the First Neon 250 event – a highlight of this year’s Radical Australia Cup.
Antunes, sharing with John Corbett in a Radical SR8 RX, set an impressive 1m25.30s benchmark to edge out James Winslow (co-driving with Chris Medland) at the top of the charts in qualifying by just 0.3s.
Championship leader Neale Muston – driving solo – was an impressive third overall ahead of the First Neon combination of Peter White and Josh Hunt.
The Radical Australia Cup will tackle a 250km race tomorrow – split into two legs of 45 minutes each.
Allan Jarvis won a thrilling Australian Swift Racing Series sprint race today, making a pass for the lead three corners from home to take a dramatic win.
Ben Grice and Luke Fraser raced side by side for second place, Grice getting home in second by just 0.01s in a thrilling finish.
Tomorrow’s racing commences at 9am and will be broadcast live via Nationals TV – at www.thenationals.com.au
Tickets are just $20 at the gate for spectators.