Sep 21, 2014
TITLES DECIDED AND TITLES TURNED AT PHILLIP ISLAND
THREE POINTS split Ryan Simpson and Justin Ruggier at the top of the Kumho V8 Touring Car series after the category was turned on its head following a controversial weekend at Round 7 of the Shannons Australian Motor Racing Nationals.
Comeback king Cameron McConville won the round thanks to victories in two of the three races contested, while Eggleston Motorsport regular Justin Ruggier won his first race of the season after passing McConville on the final lap of the last race.
The unpredictable V8 Touring Car weekend was one of several highlights in a massively competitive day of racing in Round 7 of the Nationals that saw eight categories do battle at the high speed circuit in Victoria’s South East.
The main drama occurred when Ryan Simpson was barred from competing in the final race after falling foul to the circuit’s stringent noise restrictions.
Left in pit lane, Simpson could only watch as title rival Ruggier claimed victory and moved to within just three points of the Falcon driver with two rounds to go.
Matt Campbell completed his domination of the final round of the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge presented by Pirelli.
The Queenslander dominated the two races held on Sunday to win the round outright ahead of Jon McCorkindale and series champion, Fraser Ross.
Series debutant Brenton Grove won Class B in his first ever national championship round, finishing ahead of Tim Miles and Steve McFadden.
Simon Hodge battled his way to victory in Round 6 of the Formula 3 Australian Drivers Championship at Phillip Island – but by no way was it an easy ride.
In two races he had to fend off closest championship rival Ben Gersekowski’s McDonald’s Gilmour Racing Dallara and on both occasion the intensity between the pair raised the bar on their already tight rivalry this season.
Hodge won the feature race after earlier running behind Gersekowski and pulled out to win a race that could be key in his championship hopes, now leading by 20 points with two rounds to go.
Chelsea Angelo starred with a run to fourth place and the National Class victory today.
Tim Berryman completed a sweep of victories in the Radical Australia Cup at Phillip Island, adding a second victory to his tally in Sunday’s second feature mini-enduro.
Chris Medland finished second in the SR8 class while Michael Shaw grabbed the SR3 class round victory ahead of Oliver Smith and Peter Paddon.
The Radical Australia Cup returns to the Shannons Nationals for the final round of their championship at Sydney Motorsport Park, this November.
There was high drama in the Kerrick Sports Sedans National Series, when a three car collision in the race two eliminated race one winner Darren Hossack and championship leader, Tony Ricciardello.
The pair were involved in a turn one, lap one collision after contact from another car set off a chain reaction, causing the race to be first run under caution and ultimately red-flagged, with no points awarded.
The diminished field returned for the third race with Formula Ford ace Thomas Randle taking his dad’s SAAB 9-3 Chevrolet to victory in just his third Kerrick Series start, beating home Steven Lacey and local ace, Dean Camm.
Hossack was unable to start the final race while Ricciardello was only able to manage 7th position in his patched-up Alfa.
The Australian Sports Racer Series provided more stunning racing this weekend with the Adam Proctor – Roger I’Anson show continuing to impress at the front of the field.
The pair – one driving a Stohr and the other a West chassis – duelled for the lead in both of Sunday’s races however it was Proctor who came out on top in both, winning the round and closing to within one point of I'Anson's title lead ahead of the series' final round at Wakefield Park this October.
Aaron Steer finished third in the ‘works’ West entry in a consistent weekend however Proctor and I’Anson were in a class of their own out in front this weekend, I’Anson leaving with a new Phillip Island lap record in the process.
A clean sweep of victories gave Gavin Ross a perfect weekend in the Dial Before You Dig Australian Super Six Touring Car Series, the Commodore driver taking the round in style ahead of Travis Lindorff and Jason Leoncini.
Kane Baxter-Smith continued his strong season with fourth place ahead of double champion, Simon Tabinor.
Gary Pegoraro won the Australian Superkart Championship in style after an intense final race that he won in a thrilling battle to the line with Ilya Harpas, Pegoraro pulling out of the slipstream to take a thrilling victory and the championship in the final race.
The next round of the Shannons Australian Motor Racing Nationals will see the circuis travel to Goulburn in Country New South Wales for round 8, at Wakefield Park Raceway.
The Australian Manufacturers Championship, Dial Before You Dig Super Six Touring Cars, Kumho V8 Touring Cars, Sports Racer Series and Australian Formula Ford series will make for an exciting program at the October 17-19 Event.