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Jun 14, 2015

HISTORY MADE AT WINTON SHANNONS NATIONALS

HISTORY WAS MADE during round three of the Shannons Australian Motor Racing Nationals as 14-year-old teenager Alex Rullo won the second round of the 2015 Kumho V8 Touring Cars Series.

The Perth Youngster becomes the youngest ever winner of a national-level round in Australian Motorsport History.

Meanwhile, Ryan Simpson dominated the second round of the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge and Jon Collins wrangled the lead of the Australian Formula 3 Championship away from rival Ricky Capo.

Cameron Hill dominated Formula Ford, winning all three races while Simon Tabinor was similarly competitive in the Super Six Touring Car challenge, taking his second win from as many races this weekend.

The Australian Sports Racer Series and IROC Challenge also staged competitive rounds today.

The Shannons Nationals will enjoy a quick turn-around between rounds – the Round 4 to be held at Sydney Motorsport Park in New South Wales on 3-5 July.

PORSCHE GT3 CUP CHALLENGE


RYAN SIMPSON stormed to a clean sweep of the second round of the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge presented by Pirelli, taking victory in both sprint races on Sunday to sweep the round.

The Sydney driver executed a near-perfect demolition of the 20-strong field in race two, winning by six seconds and lowering the lap record – set on Saturday evening by Jon McCorkindale – by a further 0.5 seconds.

He then won an abbreviated third race when a turn one, lap one crash left debris and oil over the circuit following four laps behind the Safety Car.

Simpson judged the restart perfectly and again pulled away to complete the sweep.

Impressive rookie Dylan O’Keefe was second overall after grabbing third and second in today’s two races, respectively. The 17-year-old battled with Jon McCorkindale for second in race two, before avoiding the chaos in race three to grab second place.

McCorkindale was in the midst of the race three carnage and failed to finish, putting a dent in his otherwise strong round performance.

John Goodacre won the Elite class after a series of consistent performances – including third outright in race three – while Aaron Seton rocketed to the lead of the class B points standings thanks to his round win.

KUMHO V8 TOURING CARS

FOURTEEN-year-old schoolboy Alex Rullo has created Australian motorsport history in today’s second round of the Kumho Tyre Australian V8 Touring Car Series at Winton Motor Raceway.

The Perth-based teenager won today’s final race of three at Winton after finishing runner-up to 17-year-old Liam McAdam in the first two races and, in doing so, sealed overall round victory.

Rullo became the youngest winner in Australian touring car racing history given the V8 Touring Car Series consists of Commodores and Falcons that formerly competed in the V8 Supercars Championship.

He was driving a Falcon for Matthew White’s Melbourne-based MW Motorsport team that was formerly driven by current V8 Supercars Championship leader Mark Winterbottom for Ford Performance Racing in 2006 and 2007.

This weekend’s round at Winton was Rullo’s second appearance in the Kumho Series after he made his debut at Sandown in late March.

It was an equally special moment for Rullo given his father Peter was also competing in the same field this weekend.

“It’s an awesome feeling, we had good pace all weekend,” said Rullo, who turns 15 tomorrow.

“It’s a good way to end my last day of being 14, that’s for sure. Having the extra support of Dad here this weekend competing in the same event was great too.”

Sydney driver Steve Briffa had a breakthrough weekend of his own in his Poco Furniture Commodore, a trio of third-place finishes in the three races netting him second overall for the round.

The result is his first Kumho Series podium finish in his third season in the category.

AUSTRALIAN FORMULA 3 CHAMPIONSHIP

JON COLLINS has stormed to the lead of the Australian Formula 3 Championship after sweeping round three of the championship at Winton Raceway.

Collins twice took advantage of nearest rival Ricky Capo’s tiny errors to turn a ten point championship deficit to a five point lead heading into the half-way point of the wings-and-slicks championship in Sydney next month.

Collins finished second on the road to Capo on race two, however was handed the win when Capo was penalised five seconds for rolling at the start.

In the longer feature race Collins jumped to the early lead from second on the grid, but was handed a substantial lead when Capo spun exiting the final corner early in the race.

A late Safety Car closed the pair up, however Collins wasn’t troubled following the restart and pulled away to record his second consecutive race victory.

Shane Ryding finished third in the Harvest Motorsport Mygale while Luke Spalding continued his recent run of success by taking the National class victory.

AUSTRALIAN FORMULA FORD CHAMPIONSHIP


CAMERON HILL has become the first driver to win all three races in a round of the 2015 Australian Formula Ford Series, sweeping the Winton weekend to rocket himself to the top of the points standings.

Hill dominated the weekend and beat home Luis Leeds (who had two seconds and a fifth) at Winton, Northern Territory driver Thomas Maxwell finishing third overall.

Leading the points coming into the round, Christian Morina could only manage ninth overall this weekend, missing out on points in race two and only managing seventh in race three from further down the field.

Luke Ellery edged out former outright round winner Hamish Hardeman for the victory in the Kent class to extend his championship lead.

DIAL BEFORE YOU DIG SUPER SIX TOURING CARS

SIMON TABINOR repeated his race one victory to seal the double deal in the Dial Before You Dig Super Six Touring Car Challenge this weekend at Winton.

The two-time series champion had relatively straightforward path to victory in the second of two, 30-lap races, pitting on the seventh lap and working his way back up the order as the remainder of the field pitted.

Defending winner Gavin Ross finished second and Harley Phelan third in another Commodore lockout of the top three spots.

Ashley Jarvis finished fourth – and first Ford – while Chris Lillis completed the top six.

Ben Grice’s horrific start to his season continued with another DNF, mechanical issues slowing his car on the formation lap before he could even start the race.

IROC CHALLENGE SERIES


ROHAN LITTLE won the first round of the brand-new IROC Challenge series for classic Porsche’s, but not before seeing off strong challenges from nearest rivals Sven Burchartz and Greg Keene.

The new one-make series entertained with a series of competitive races, the trio – often joined by Graeme Cook and Rory O’Neill – putting on a show in each of the three races held.

Little won races one and two whilst Burchartz won the finale’. Keene scored a trio of third place results in his White 911.

Rory O’Neill and Graeme Cook tied for fourth overall while Rob Black was forced to withdraw following a race one DNF for a broken clutch on his bright Blue entry.

The IROC Challenge series will return to the Shannons Nationals series at Phillip Island this September.

SPORTS RACER SERIES

West Race Cars Australia’s Aaron Steer has taken two race wins on his way to the Australian Sports Racer Series Round Two victory today at Winton Motor Raceway.

Steer emerged victorious from both the second and third races today ahead of Jonathon Stoeckel (#53 Bryan Stoeckel West) and Mark Laucke respectively, after coming home second from first-time race winner Laucke in the opening 10 lap stanza.

While race two saw Laucke struggle with a poor start and then a turn 12 spin, the Laucke Flour Mills CEO would regroup for race three to come home in second place to clinch the runner-up trophy for the round, pulling off an impressive move on Jason Makris (#44 West Race Cars West) and Stoeckel to move from fourth to second in one corner in the process.

After qualifying on pole yesterday, Roger I’Anson endured a difficult day at the race track in what may well be his last race of the season following the acceptance of a new job in the Northern Territory and a need for the family team to reset following a financially and emotionally draining last few rounds.