Aug 10, 2014
FORMULA FORD, UNPREDICTABLE AMCHAMP THE SUNDAY STORIES
ANOTHER UNPREDICTABLE Australian Manufacturers Championship enduro and some of the most thrilling Australian Formula Ford Series racing in years has highlighted a bumper day that concluded round six of the Shannons Australian Motor Racing Nationals, at Queensland Raceway.
Seven national categories played to a great Queensland crowd and in near-perfect conditions as the Nationals heads deep into the second half of the 2014 season.
Garry Holt and Stuart Kostera sealed back-to-back Australian Manufacturers Championship victories with victory in Sunday’s second 200km race after late-race leader Aaron Seton was cruelly denied a maiden national victory just laps from home.
Aaron, the 16-year-old son of Glenn, was leading when his car was black-flagged for a dragging exhaust – handing victory to the rival Mitsubishi team.
The double Queensland victory continues an impressive stretch of success for the defending AMChamp team who recently won the Australian four-hour enduro in Sydney as well.
BMW 1M driver Beric Lynton completed a remarkable comeback from last on the grid by finishing second, following a non-finish in the opening race on Saturday night.
Grant and Iain Sherrin finished third and won the Class B honours, Jake Camilleri (Class C) and Keven Herben (Class D) taking their respective class victories.
Hamish Hardeman won a dramatic third round of the Australian Formula Ford series, one that featured three thrilling races and three different winners.
Hardeman won race two on Sunday morning after race leader, Jordan Lloyd, was collected by second-placed Nick Rowe in the final corner on the final lap – allowing Hardeman to sneak through and jump from third to first within sight of the flag.
Lloyd recovered to sixth place while Rowe was assessed a 30-second penalty for his role in the incident, with James Golding and Cameron Hill completing the podium.
Golding won race three ahead of Hardeman and Lloyd, but couldn’t defeat Hardeman for the overall round victory. He does, however, lead the standings at the half-way point of the series with today’s three podium finishers locking out the first three spots in the series standings.
Cameron Walters won the Formula Ford 1600 class ahead of Thomas Corbett and Michael Henrichs.
Simon Hodge scored an upset victory in round five of the Formula 3 Australian Drivers Championship today, defeating home-town hero Ben Gersekowski in the 18-lap feature race to extend his lead in the Gold Star standings.
Gersekowski won the two preliminary races earlier in the weekend however it was Hodge who did the business in the main race on Sunday afternoon, making the best start and leading the entire duration to record his third round win of the year.
Gersekowski finished second and Garnet Patterson scored an outstanding third overall whilst also locking away the Forpark National Class victory in the process.
Double champion James Winslow and Chris Anthony completed the top five.
Sprintcar ace-turned Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge presented by Pirelli star Jon McCorkindale dominated proceedings at Queensland raceway, sweeping all three races to take the round ahead of Fraser Ross and John Karytinos.
It was the first round win for the New South Wales driver who is in just his second year of full-time circuit racing after making the transition from the dirt.
Fraser Ross edged closer to a maiden GT3 Cup Challenge title with second place and was helped by the race three non-finish of John Goodacre, who spun off the road at turn one with a puncture while holding third.
Warwick driver Matt Campbell won the Class B division and sealed the class title in the process.
Kane Baxter-Smith won all three races in the Dial Before You Dig Australian Super Six Touring Car Series round, taking his maiden event victory in the process.
The Queensland driver won on home turf and delivered Ford their first win in some time after several rounds of Holden domination in the six-cylinder, Commodore-versus-Falcon category.
Gavin Ross finished second and Jason Leoncini completed the round top three.
Ford domination continued in the Kumho V8 Touring Cars series, with Ryan Simpson continuing on his merry way en-route to an extended championship lead after three rounds.
After Simpson won race two, Ruggier made the best start in race three and led early before slipping off the road – allowing the dominant Falcon driver to slip past.
The points leader was untroubled from there, claiming the race and round victory with Ruggier recovering from fifth to second and Drew Russell claiming third overall in his Kumho series debut.
Tony Ricciardello continued his domination of the Kerrick Sports Sedan Series, but this time not even multiple champions Darren Hossack or Kerry Baily could get near him.
The seven-time champion and his famous Alfa GTV crushed the strong Kerrick series field this weekend and have established a handy points margin as he seeks title number eight.
Hossack and Phil Crompton completed the round podium behind the dominant Alfa-Chev.
The next round of the Shannons Australian Motor Racing Nationals will see the travelling circus head south of the border, for a return visit to the Phillip Island Grand Prix circuit in South-Eastern Victoria.
A bumper eight categories will compete at the round, to be held across the September 19-21 weekend.
Highlights from the Queensland Raceway round will air on SBS Speedweek and SPEED TV Australia in coming weeks – check the Shannons Nationals website TV page for a full rundown.
For more information head to www.thenationals.com.au