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Aug 8, 2015

ABELA CROWNED CHAMP, PERKINS BEATS THE CHAMP AT QR

YOUNG-GUN JAMES ABELA won the Jim Richards Endurance Trophy and Jack Perkins defeated Tony Ricciardello in a Kerrick Sports Sedan Series thriller today at Queensland Raceway’s round of the Shannons Nationals.

Meanwhile, when the lights went out BMW 1M driver Beric Lynton won the 200km AMChamp ‘Fight in the Night’ on his car’s return to the circuit following a big crash at Phillip Island in May earlier this year.

Roland Legge (Formula 3), Luis Leeds (Formula Ford), Ben Grice (Super Six) and Mark Laucke (Sports Racer) were the other big winners in a sensational day of highly competitive racing.

Action continues with another full day of racing on Sunday, to be streamed live via the Shannons Nationals website and the MotorsportsTV app for iPhone or Android platforms.

Tickets are available at the gate for $30 with spectators able to access the paddock and the entire venue within the cost.

AMCHAMP - 'FIGHT IN THE NIGHT'

BMW DRIVER Beric Lynton flew solo and brilliantly won the Australian Manufacturers Championship ‘Fight in the Night’ at Queensland Raceway on Saturday evening.

In a race of Strategy, the Gold Coast BMW dealer emerged from the second round of pit stops in the race lead and then managed his margin to the Grant & Iain Sherrin BMW 135i in the closing stages to record a tense, yet ultimately safe, race victory.

The win marked a return to the top step of the AMChamp podium following a lengthy repair of his BMW 1M due to damage sustained during Phillip Island’s Great Southern 4 Hour in May this year.

While the Sherrin brothers again fell agonisingly short of winning an AMChamp race outright, they did manage to secure a comfortable Class B victory to complement their second-place outright result.

Rick Bates and Aaron Seton finished third in the leading ProDuct Racing Mitsubishi Lancer, however stopping under green conditions – when his rivals stopped under a Safety Car – cost them a chance at outright victory. They did, however, set the fastest lap of the race and a late charge from Seton got them to within one minute of the leader in the closing stages.

Tony Alford finished fourth in his BMW while Jake Camilleri finished fifth outright – and won Class C – in his Mazda 3 MPS.

Though they ultimately finished seventh, Jim Pollicina and Dean Lillie encountered tyre issues – and a subsequent drive-through - early in the race that dropped them out of outright contention. The HSV GTS briefly led the race in the early stages before being forced to pit.

PORSCHE GT3 CUP CHALLENGE PRESENTED BY PIRELLI

RYAN SIMPSON won the 40-lap Jim Richards endurance trophy race at Queensland Raceway on Saturday evening – but all eyes at the venue weren’t on the affable Sydneysider and his blue and white Porsche GT3 Car.

Instead they were focussed on the battle for third place between James Abela and Jon McCorkindale – the fight for the Jim Richards Enduro crown.

With the pair locked on points entering the race, whoever finished in front in the 40-lap affair would come out champion, rookie ace Abela ultimately getting the job done despite immense pressure.

The pair ran third and fourth for the entire race but in the closing stages McCorkindale closed on his young rival, the pair literally bumper to bumper in the final five laps.

Abela withered every attack and ultimately sealed the prestigious enduro crown.

Dylan O’Keefe led early before being hunted down by Simpson in the early running, ultimately running much of the race in a comfortable second place.

Behind Abela and McCorkindale, Geoff Emery was a strong fifth while Aaron Seton continued his strong run of form with victory in Class B.

Two sprint races will conclude the fourth round of the all-Porsche series on Sunday.

KERRICK SPORTS SEDAN SERIES

IN THE SERIES’ best race of the year to date, Jack Perkins edged out Tony Ricciardello to win the first of three Kerrick series races this weekend – in an absolute thriller.

Perkins erupted to an early lead and was forced to withstand twelve laps of sustained pressure from the Alfa driver, including a mid-race restart following a brief Safety Car interruption.

The thrilling battle saw the Audi stronger on the straight and the Alfa better under brakes and into the corners – and two drivers on the limit.

Ricciardello ran wide on the final lap exiting turn two to hand a certain win to Perkins after a breathless display.

Steven Tamasi finished third, despite a slow start, after Tom Randle failed to finish in his Kerrick SAAB.

Randle pulled to the inside of the circuit at turn three and, with steam pouring from his car, brought out the Safety car for its brief mid-race interruption.

Two further races will complete the third round of the Kerrick series tomorrow.

FORMULA 3 AUSTRALIAN DRIVERS CHAMPIONSHIP

Mackay teenager Roland Legge won his maiden Australian Formula 3 race on Saturday, leading home championship leader Jon Collins in a lights-to-flag performance.

Legge, driving an R-Tek Motorsport Dallara, made the perfect start from second on the grid and swept around the outside of Collins in the opening corner, edging away in the latter stages to secure the win as Collins sought to secure points to extend his championship lead.

Having earlier secured his third pole of the season, Collins safe second place edged his championship lead out to five points – having led by three entering the round.

Ricky Capo finished third and the returning Chris Gilmour fourth while Roman Krumins finished first of the National Class runners.

KUMHO V8 TOURING CARS SERIES

ALEX RULLO has clearly got used to that wining feeling in the Kumho V8 Touring Cars Series – backing up his record-breaking victory at Winton with another race win today at Queensland Raceway.

Rullo led from pole and held Rullo out for the full 12-lap duration, ultimately beating his Holden rival by two seconds exactly.

Steven Devjak posted his career-best V8TC result with third overall in his BF Falcon, with Jake Kostecki and Jason Heck completing the top five.

AUSTRALIAN FORMULA FORD CHAMPIONSHIP

DREAM MOTORSPORT driver Luis Leeds ended Cameron Hill’s dominant run in the Australian Formula Ford series, winning his second race of the season in a breathtaking display of wheel-to-wheel Formula Ford racing today.

Having led from the start, Leeds dropped to second for a majority of the race however re-took the lead from Hill late in the running.

Hill launched a concerted attack in the closing stages but couldn’t pass his fellow Mygale driver, ultimately falling 0.06s short at the line in a thrilling finish.

Christian Morina finished third in his Sonic Mygale.

DIAL BEFORE YOU DIG SUPER SIX TOURING CAR SERIES

BEN GRICE too his streak to four in the Super Six touring cars, comfortably leading home Gavin Ross for victory in today’s opening race.

Starting from pole, Grice led from the outset and re-set the existing Queensland Raceway class lap record held by two-time champion Simon Tabinor in the process.

Behind Ross, Ashley Jarvis finished third, Lindsay Kearns fourth and Brent Edwards fifth.

AUSTRALIAN SPORTS RACER SERIES

Mark Laucke has pulled a rabbit out of a hat during this afternoon’s race one of the Australian Sports Racer Series at Queensland Raceway - recovering from three seconds behind with four laps remaining to take victory ahead of Joshua Townsend and Adam Cranston.

Rounding out the top five were Josh Cranston and Michael Whiting, crossing the line ahead of Terry Peovitis and Sue Hughes.

Polesitter Laucke took the lead off the start in his #55 Laucke Flour Mills West, but was soon embroiled in a race-long battle with Townsend’s #9 DSR Downunder F1000 which saw the pair changing position multiple times a lap, for multiple laps.

On lap eight however, Laucke – while fighting with Townsend for the lead – ran off the road out of turn 5 while under pressure from Adam Cranston, dropping him back three seconds. He was not one to give up though, setting down the fastest lap of the race by more than two seconds to rope in the pair, getting past a gear-missing Cranston on turn six of the second–last lap before passing Townsend on the back straight of the last lap.