Oct 19, 2014
CHAMPIONS CROWNED AT WAKEFIELD PARK
NATIONAL circuit racing champions have been crowned during round eight of the Shannons Australian Motor Racing Nationals at Wakefield Park, near Goulburn.
Titles in the Australian Manufacturers Championship, Sports Racer and Super Six Touring Car series’ were decided today while dramatic rounds in the Kumho V8 Touring Cars and Australian Formula Ford series have shaken up the establishment going into the business end of their respective seasons.
Adam Proctor successfully defended his Australian Sports Racer series crown in one of the more dramatic conclusions to a national championship seen at a Shannons Nationals event.
Entering the day leading by two points, Roger I’Anson looked to be in the box seat to take the championship when Proctor spun off the road from second place mid-way through race two on Sunday morning.
With a damaged car, he recovered to the back of the field however I’Anson was in a position to place one hand on the trophy – right up to the point until his car expired with four laps to go.
Proctor could only sail past to the championship lead as I’Anson was left stranded on the start-finish straight watching his title hopes slip away.
The works West outfit made a massive effort to get the Adelaide driver back on track for the final race, changing an engine in under three-hours – though ultimately it would be in vain.
Despite spearing the car off the road early in the race, Proctor did enough to grab third in the race and seal back-to-back championships for the Stohr team.
“I am pretty happy with that, it’s what we set out to do and it’s the fourth consecutive title in Sports Racer which is great for our brand Stohr, and I am just really proud of our team.
“Emotions almost got the better of us yesterday but we came back strong today and just did what we had to do. I don’t even know how to explain today after what happened in the race this morning, and I guess it was just meant to be for us because it all sort of fell out in the end.”
Gavin Ross survived the usual Dial Before you Dig Australian Super Six Touring Car Series war to win his first title, working his way cautiously through a pair of wild races today to seal the championship in his bright Green Commodore.
Ross won the final race of the season and the final round of the year to seal his title in style, beating out outgoing and double champion Simon Tabinor and Jason Leoncini in the round results this weekend.
“I was going to take it easy, and I don’t know how I won race two – there was so much going on!” Ross said.
“It all fell into place in the third race. It’s nice to wrap it up this way and get the championship done.”
Beric Lynton secured the final round of the Australian Manufacturers Championship (AMChamp) series in style today, taking his Class B BMW 1M to a second victory for the weekend in the 200km enduro.
Lynton led from the outset after a close early fight with Mitsubishi Lancer rival Garry Holt, pulled away to lead by more than 25 seconds after the final pit stops had been completed.
Triple champion Stuart Kostera charged in the closing stages however was unable to catch the leading BMW, eventually settling for second (and the Class A victory) some 12-seconds behind.
Luke Searle and Barry Graham finished third outright following a late splash for fuel with Matt Cherry and Glyn Crimp a solid fourth in the Audi TT.
Colin Osborne and Nick Lange won Class C on the day that Brock Giblin, badly injured in a fiery crash at Sydney Motorsport Park in July this year, returned to the circuit having recently been discharged from hospital.
Click here to read a full interview with Brock on his return to the circuit.
Jake Williams won Class D in his Conroy Motorsport Honda Integra after a feisty weekend between the pair of Conroy Hondas and the Pedders Racing Team Toyota.
Lynton’s double victory was enough to boost him to the overall AMChamp drivers’ title, edging out fellow class B BMW driver Grant Sherrin by just seven points.
Lynton also beat home defending champions Garry Holt and Stuart Kostera to win the Class A AMChamp title for the first time.
Grant Sherrin (Class B), Jake Camilleri (Class C), Kevin Herben (Class D) Gus Robbins (Class E) and Mike Eady (Class I) also scored national title victories this year.
A dramatic Kumho V8 Touring Cars round has turned the series on its head – Justin Ruggier winning the penultimate round of the series despite clashing with Ryan Simpson early in the final race.
Simpson dived down the inside of Ruggier on the second lap of the final race, sending both cars into the gravel and, once back on track, to the back of the field.
Simpson pitted with damaged and limped home while Ruggier executed a strong comeback performance and ultimately finished the race third and seal his maiden round victory.
Drew Russell was the surprise race three winner, getting the first win for the STR Truck Bodies team headed up by Matt Palmer. Russell also finished second for the round, Matt Chahda.
The series will go down to the wire at Sydney Motorsport Park next week with Ruggier holding a – provisional – 34 point lead ahead of the finale with 143 up for grabs.
James Golding was a surprise winner in round four of the Australian Formula Ford Series, taking advantage of a miscue by the winner of races one and two – Thomas Randle – to steal a round victory.
Randle won race two on Sunday morning after an early battle with Hamish Hardeman before slipping past to take a comfortable victory.
The pair battled again in race three with Hardeman leading the early running before Randle attempted a pass at turn two – the pair coming together at the tight left-hander, dropping them both down the field.
Randle was penalised for his role in the contact while Hardeman limped home to 15th.
Series leader Golding was the main beneficiary, assuming the lead and ultimately the victory after a dramatic battle with a recovering Jordan Lloyd in the closing laps of the weekend – the pair swapping the lead several times before Golding held on to win.
Golding won the outright round with Randle second and the consistent Cameron Hill a strong third.
Cameron Walters won the Formula Ford 1600 weekend ahead of James Garley and Jimmy Bailey.
The Shannons Australian Motor Racing Nationals finals season concludes in two weekends’ time at Sydney Motorsport Park, a bumper weekend to be highlighted by the fight for the Kumho V8 Touring Cars title.
The Kerrick Sports Sedan Series and Radical Australia Cup will also close out their seasons while open-wheel fans will be well catered for thanks to the Australian Formula Ford and Formula 3 Australian Drivers Championship series’ featuring on the program.
Tickets will be available at the gate at Sydney Motorsport Park on the October 31 – November 2 weekend.