Aug 9, 2014
HOLT & KOSTERA WIN WILD NIGHT FIGHT
THE ANNUAL Shannons Nationals ‘Fight in the Night’ for the Australian Manufacturers Championship has lived up to its billing, with a wild night at Queensland Raceway.
Garry Holt and Stuart Kostera edged out impressive rookie Aaron Seton after a late-race battle between the pair of Mitsubishi Lancer Evolutions on a cool and crisp evening at the 3.1km circuit near Ipswich.
The race was an often confusing affair with several lengthy Safety Car periods and even a brief race suspension to re-order a jumbled field all featuring throughout – however there was nothing to stop the Eastern Creek Karts crew from grabbing a second ‘Fight in the Night’ win.
Once the field was sorted the leading pair battled for several laps before Kostera pulled away and grabbed the win.
“It was a wild race. Young Aaron drove really well, and I just went up to Glenn (Seton) and told him that,” Garry Holt said.
“The car was really good. It took four or five laps for it to come on but when it did, it was bloody good. Racing in the night isn’t easy, but Stewy and the team did an amazing job.”
“It was a fantastic scrap (with Aaron Seton),” Kostera added.
“The person in front has the hard bit, because for the person behind they are the brake marker! He did a great job.”
Matt Cherry finished third outright in a brand new Audi TT RS and local car dealer Jake Camilleri posted a giant-killing performance to finish fourth outright and first in Class C in his Mazda 3 MPS.
Father-Son combination Rob and Shane Marshall rounded out the top five, one lap behind the winners at the end of a dramatic 200km race.
A second and hopefully less confusing 200km race will conclude the fourth round of the AMChamp series tomorrow.
The 100th race in the history of the Kumho Tyres Australian V8 Touring Car Series was also the best of the season, the continuing battle between points leader Ryan Simpson (Falcon) and Justin Ruggier (Commodore) going to new heights today.
For the first time this season Ruggier won the start and led his season-long rival for the opening seven laps before Simpson was able to muscle his way past with a bold move down the inside at turn four.
After a brief side-by-side battle through five, Simpson asserted himself in front and pulled away to record the victory.
As the leaders battled, V8TC newcomer Drew Russell battled with Matt Chahda’s Falcon for the early stages, ultimately slipping past for third on lap six – where he finished.
MW Motorsport’s newcomer Ryan Cochran finished fifth on his Kumho series debut with a further two races tomorrow to decide the third round of the 2014 series.
In the first of the two major races of the evening, Jon McCorkindale dominated the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Australia field in the Queensland twilight to win the 40-lap Jim Richards endurance trophy race in dominant fashion.
McCorkindale led home Fraser Ross and John Goodacre in the 40-lap grid that went safety car free for its duration, the former Speedway racer winning my more than thirteen seconds.
Importantly for Ross, second was good enough to secure him his first major racing title, sealing the Jim Richards endurance title after three tough races that netted two wins and a second.
The Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge returns for a pair of two races on Sunday.
Ben Gersekowski won the first Formula 3 Australian Drivers Championship race of the weekend, leading home title rivals Simon Hodge and Chris Anthony in a pressure-filled race.
Gersekowski made the better start from second on the grid and led Hodge into turn one and it was that way they crossed the line 14 laps later, Hodge 0.5s in front after a tense battle.
There was literally nothing between the pair all race with the start the key factor in deciding who got home first.
Hodge had earlier scored pole and Gersekowski scored the bonus point for fastest lap meaning the pair are now split by just 12 points in the Gold Star standings ahead of tomorrow’s pair of races, with Hodge in front.
Tony Ricciardello scored the race one win in the Kerrick Sports Sedan series this afternoon in the #5 B&M Ricciardello Motors Alfa Romeo GTV, ahead of defending round winner Darren Hossack and returning six-time champ Kerry Baily.
In the process, the top qualifying West Australian reset Hossack’s race lap record to 1m 08.3138 seconds after earlier resetting the qualifying lap record with a 1m 07.7769s effort.
Round two winner Jordan Lloyd won a thrilling opening race in round three of the Australian Formula Ford Series, scoring a stunning victory after a race long, four car battle with his nearest rivals.
Lloyd started third but battled with Hamish Hardeman, Nick Rowe and James Golding in a frenetic opening eight laps before he and Hardeman were able to pull away from the chasing pack.
It was classic Formula Ford racing with slipstreaming battles down Queensland Raceway’s long back straight – the lead often changing hands several times.
Ultimately Lloyd won on home soil with Hardeman second and Nick Rowe third, Mygale chassis sweeping the top three spots.
Meanwhile, in the opening Dial Before You Dig Australian Super Six Touring Car Series race, Kane Baxter-Smith edged out Gavin Ross after an excellent race-long battle between the Holden and Ford drivers.
Jason Leoncini, Travis Lindorff and Ben Grice completed the top five, with a further two races to complete the round on Sunday.