Jun 15, 2014
FIRST WINS AND DOMINATING DRIVES THE STORY AT WINTON
IN RACES WHERE passing opportunities were at a premium, Queenslander Jordan Lloyd has added his name to the illustrious list of Australian Formula Ford round winners today at the Shannons Australian Motor Racing Nationals by racing his way to the front.
Lloyd won two races in the ultra-competitive Formula Ford series to secure his maiden victory as six national categories offered a mix of dominating performances and highly competitive racing during round four of the Shannons Nationals, at Winton Motor Raceway.
Ryan Simpson continued his dominant ways in the Kumho V8 Touring Cars while Fraser Ross had to fight all the way to score a home-turf round win in the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge presented by Pirelli.
A blinding start from the second row of the grid was the key factor in helping the Toowoomba-based Lloyd win his first ever round of the Australian Formula Ford series.
The BF Racing driver started race two on Sunday morning from third place– by virtue of his race one result on Saturday – but flew from the line and passed James Golding and race one winner Thomas Randle on the run into turn one.
That move was key in giving him track position during a tense day of racing where the close nature of the field and Winton’s twisty layout left overtaking opportunities at a premium.
Lloyd won race two and backed that performance up with victory in the third race to seal his maiden round victory.
A trio of second-place finishes across the three races saw James Golding second for the round with Randle’s race one victory helping him score the final podium position after scoring a pair of thirds on Sunday.
Cameron Walters won the Kent class for Formula Ford 1600 cars ahead of James Garley and Jimmy Bailey.
Formula Ford will now enjoy a two month break before returning to action during round six of the Shannons Nationals at Queensland Raceway, in August.
Travis Lindorff won the Dial Before You Dig Saloon Car Challenge, backing up his race one victory on Saturday with another commanding performance in Sunday’s 30-lapper.
The Holden driver led from the start and emerged back in front following the compulsory pit stops and was never headed from there, taking a 1.1 second victory over Gavin Ross with Shawn Jamieson third – the top three cars covered by less than three seconds at the line in the safety-car free race.
Lindorff won the round ahead of Gavin Ross with Luke Westall grabed third overall and ended the day as the leading Ford driver.
The next round of the Dial Before You Dig Australian Super Six Touring Car Series will be held at Queensland Raceway with the Shannons Nationals, in August.
Ryan Simpson continued on his merry way to dominating the Kumho V8 Touring Cars Series this year as he took his second consecutive round ‘clean sweep’ this year.
Simpson dominated the first round at Mallala in April and the only time he looked like being headed during the three races at Winton was on the run to the first corner – after that the ex-Triple Eight Falcon was untroubled en route to victory.
Justin Ruggier finished second in all three races this weekend and secured second overall with Matt Chahda bouncing back from a difficult start to the weekend to score third in the final race.
The Kumho V8’s return to action at Queensland Raceway this August, with all the Winton action set to be covered in a one-hour special on SPEED TV Australia in coming weeks.
While Simpson was relatively unchallenged in executing his clean sweep of the V8 Touring Cars, Fraser Ross certainly didn’t have it all his own way attempting to do the same in the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge presented by Pirelli.
Ross, looking to win at his home track for the first time, had to survive nearly two-thirds of race two being held under Safety Car before he could claim victory.
He then had to spend seven of the scheduled ten-lap duration behind season-long rival John Goodacre as the pair staged a thrilling battle for the race lead. Goodacre started second in both of todays races however his fast-starting ability saw him take the lead early in both.
In race three he doggedly held out Ross for most of the race before the championship leader could finally squeeze his way through and grab the win. Goodacre finished second for the round with Peter Fitzgerald third
Tim Miles won the B class, for older model 997 GT3 Cup Cars, ahead of Andrew Macpherson and Matt Cambell.
Tony Ricciardello dominated proceedings in the Kerrick Sports Sedan National Series after an early challenge from bitter rival Darren Hossack ended after the first race.
The long warring pair staged another epic duel in race one however fuel pressure issues ruled Hossack’s Audi out of both races two and three – leaving Ricciardello’s Alfa mostly unchallenged en route to another trio of race victories.
Stephen Tamasi finished second for the round and reigning champion Bruce Banks returned to the podium in third.
Roger I’Anson won his second Australian Sports Racer Series round in a row, backing up his performance on home turf at Mallala with another trio of wins at Winton, across the border.
Stohr racer Adam Proctor recovered from an off in race one to score second for the round with Aaron Steer third in his West.
The next round of the Shannons Australian Motor Racing Nationals will see the series move to New South Wales for the first time this year, Round 5 of the series at Sydney Motorsport Park to feature the Australian four-hour for the Australian Manufacturers Championship, The Radical Australia Cup First Neon 250, the third round of the Australian Sports Racer series plus the Australian Superkart championship.