Jul 5, 2015
GRICEWASH, McCORKINDALE, COLLINS AND HILL THE WINNERS IN SYDNEY
THE FOURTH ROUND of the Shannons Australian Motor Racing Nationals has delivered a compelling mixture of results today at Sydney Motorsport Park.
The 10th visit of the Nationals to the Sydney venue in July – one every year of the series existence – saw Luke Ellery successfully complete his Open Wheel Double with a victory in his Formula Ford and a top four result in Formula 3.
The Aussie open-wheel first saw Ellery complete six races and slightly more than 239 competitive racing kilometres across the two distinctly different categories this weekend.
Meanwhile, Ben Grice added to the motor racing terminology lexicon with a ‘Gricewash’ – a sweep of all three races – in round three of the Super Six Touring Cars.
Jon McCorkindale won the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge round and Jon Collins the fourth round of Formula 3 for the season.
Cameron Hill was a dominant winner in Australian Formula Ford overall while Anton Stevens won the first of two rounds that make up this year’s Australian Superkart Championship.
Action from Sydney Motorsport Park goes to air on SBS Speedweek on Sunday, July 19 at 3:30pm.
The next round of the Shannons Nationals will see the circus travel north to Queensland Raceway for a blockbuster event featuring eight categories, including the return of the annual AMChamp Fight in the Night.
See below for a category-by-category rundown of today’s action.
AUSTRALIAN FORMULA 3 CHAMPIONSHIP
HAVING LOST the lead of the Australian Formula 3 Championship following Ricky Capo’s victory in race one on Saturday, it didn’t take long for Sydneysider Jon Collins to return to the top of the standings.
The home-town hero led every lap of Sunday’s 14-lap feature race to reassert himself – if only narrowly – at the top of the compelling title fight for Australia’s fastest racing car championship he’s having with Ricky Capo this season.
Collins was aided in his quest to win his home round by National class racer Dennie Rumble, who rocketed from the third row of the grid to second place on the opening lap – delaying Capo’s chase of pole man Collins.
Capo chased hard once he was clear of the pack but couldn’t close to more than a second of the race leader, ultimately settling for second place.
It was Collins’ second win of the day as he won the sprint race held earlier in the morning.
Roland Legge finished a quiet third in his return for R-Tek Motorsport whilst Luke Spalding won the Formula 3 National Class. Shane Wilson won the Kumho Cup class.
Luke Ellery finished fourth overall on his Formula 3 Championship debut, though his feature race performance was marred by an incident early that dropped him down the pack and out of touch with the leaders.
He charged through the field to fourth place in the feature, mirroring the result he achieved in race two from the back of the field earlier in the morning.
The Formula 3s return at Queensland Raceway in August.
DIAL BEFORE YOU DIG AUSTRALIAN SUPER SIX TOURING CARS
BEN GRICE has created a new phrase for a driver who wins all three races: ‘Gricewash’.
The Queenslander powered to a clean-sweep of the third round of the Super Six series this weekend, rebounding from slow starts in both races on Sunday to win comfortably in each.
He broke the lap record in race two, having gone from pole to third at the start before returning to the lead by the end of the opening lap.
Defending champion Gavin Ross finished second overall and extended his series lead while a race three non-finish by Simon Tabinor cost the double champ a podium finish.
Ashley Jarvis was the main beneficiary, scoring a round podium finish thanks to a trio of consistent results. Fellow Falcon driver Lindsay Kearns finished fourth with Glen Postlethwaite completing the top five.
Gavin Ross now holds a commanding lead at the top of the super six standings, Harley Phelan 83 points behind the defending champion.
Ben Grice rocketed to 7th in the standings having sat well outside the top-10 prior to his dominant performance this weekend.
AUSTRALIAN FORMULA FORD SERIES
CAMERON HILL has swept his second Australian Formula Ford Series round in succession to take a commanding lead in the championship standings with two rounds remaining.
The Canberra driver executed pole position and three comprehensive victories this weekend at Sydney Motorsport Park, his second such performance in the space of two rounds.
Hill was rarely challenged across the three races and scored the perfect 61 points for three wins and a pole.
He also set a new Sydney Motorsport Park lap record in race one – setting the new benchmark to 1m34.5519s.
Luis Leeds and Christian Morina ended the weekend tied for second on points while Thomas Maxwell just missed the podium.
Local racer Luke King starred on his national series debut, finishing fifth overall.
In the second part of his Open Wheel Double, Luke Ellery won all three races in the Kent Class to extend his series lead in Formula Ford’s ‘race within a race’.
It matched his pair of fourths in his Formula 3 debut.
PORSCHE GT3 CUP CHALLENGE PRESENTED BY PIRELLI
JON McCORKINDALE won the third round of the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Australia series at Sydney Motorsport Park, a race two victory and second in the finale’ enough to help him reduce the title lead to nearest rival Ryan Simpson.
Simpson was the star performer of Sunday in Sydney following his race one non-finish on Saturday night.
He stormed from 16th to second in the nine laps of race two, before making a perfect start to take an early lead in the final race later in the day.
He re-set his own lap record en route to a dominant 10-second victory in the finale’ to remind people of his remarkable pace.
James Abela – who finished fourth and third in the two Sunday races, respectively – and Geoff Emery completed the overall podium, Emery winning the Elite class for the weekend.
Title contender Dylan O’Keefe had a disappointing weekend, failing to finish race two with suspension issues. He then stormed through from last to sixth in the finale’ to salvage championship points.
Aaron Seton battled Class B rival Jaxon Evans for the honours in their ‘race within a race’, ultimately coming out on top thanks to a strong performance in the final race.
The Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge returns at Queensland Raceway in one month’s time.
AUSTRALIAN SUPERKART CHAMPIONSHIP & PRB CLUBMAN REPORTS TO COME.