Sep 20, 2015
FIRST NATIONAL CHAMPIONS CROWED IN 2015
RYAN SIMPSON sealed the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge crown and Russell Jaimeson the Australian Superkart Championship on a day of big winners at Round 6 of the 2015 Shannons Nationals.
Ben Grice, Liam McAdam and Tim Macrow completed sweeps of the Super 6, V8 Touring Car and Formula 3 rounds, respectively, while Greg Keene (IROC), Mark Laucke (Sports Racer) and Tim Macrow / Robert Baird (Radicals) also tasted success across the bumper race program.
Today’s racing was held in perfect springtime conditions at the iconic Phillip Island circuit.
The penultimate round of the 2015 Shannons Nationals will be held at Goulburn’s Wakefield Park Raceway between 16-18 October.
Highlights from Phillip Island will be shown on SBS Speedweek in coming weeks – check local guides for details.
PORSCHE GT3 CUP CHALLENGE PRESENTED BY PIRELLI
RYAN SIMPSON sealed the 2015 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Australia presented by Pirelli with another clean-sweep of race victories at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit.
Simpson was in stunning form throughout Sunday’s two races and after leading from lights-to-flag in race two, battled early leader Dylan O’Keefe for the lead in race three before pulling away to win.
His sweep of wins seals his position at the top of the leader board with an unsurmountable margin with one round – at Sydney Motorsport Park in November – to go.
The Porsche title comes in his first season in the category and follows two seasons of runner-up results in the V8 Touring Cars series where he raced a Ford Falcon.
It was also the second GT3 Cup Challenge title for Sonic Motor Racing following their success in the inaugural season of the championship – in 2008 – with Sven Burchartz.
Dylan O’Keefe finished second overall and stormed from fourth to second in the title standings, while James Abela finished third in the Pro Class.
Geoff Emery headed David Ryan and John Goodcare in the Elite division while the compelling Class B fight between Aaron Seton and Jaxon Evans continued to flow – Evans getting the upper hand by sealing the round victory.
AUSTRALIAN SUPERKART CHAMPIONSHIP
Russell Jaimeson won the Australian Superkart Championship by finishing second in the final race of the weekend.
Gary Pegoraro won the race, however wasn’t enough to retain the title he won last year.
Today’s triumph is Jaimeson’s second 250 international Australian Superkart Championship, following his success in the category in 2013. Anton Stevens finished third, dropping behind Pegoraro in the points standings following the final race.
Jordan Ford won the 250 National title having gone through the season undefeated and 125 National was won by Mark Robin in a wild three-abreast sprint to the line.
AUSTRALIAN FORMULA 3 CHAMPIONSHIP
TIM MACROW is now officially the most successful driver in Australian Formula 3 history following a clean-sweep of victories at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit.
Macrow stormed to the 30th and 31st victories of his illustrious career this weekend, eclipsing fellow double champion James Winslow at the top of the all-time winners list across more than fifteen years of Australian F3 competition.
Macrow raced his way to the top in race two on Sunday morning, having started fourth on the reverse top-four grid.
In three laps of thrilling racing he cut his way through title contenders Jon Collins and Ricky Capo and early leader Roland Legge to grab the win.
His race three drive was more straightforward despite points’ leader Collins taking an early race lead.
Collins trio of second-placed efforts at Phillip Island built his still-narrow title lead over year-long rival Ricky Capo to 19 points ahead of the final round at Wakefield Park next month.
69 points are on offer in the final round at the Goulburn circuit across the four races on the program.
Paul Scott won the National Class after early leader Nathan Kumar crashed out of the final race at turn one on the opening lap.
KUMHO V8 TOURING CARS
LIAM McADAM has extended his margin at the top of the Kumho V8 Touring Cars series following a clean sweep of victories for the Eggleston Motorsport Holden driver this weekend at Phillip Island.
The 18-year-old now holds a 52-point margin over Alex Rullo in the tile race after the Ford driver struck dramas on a challenging Sunday.
Rullo ran off the road at high speed in race two, finishing 14th as McAdam led home Tony Evangelou and Steven Devjak to victory.
The West Australian teenager rebounded to second in the finale’ however with McAdam out front still lost ground in the series standings.
McAdam now sits just one round away from giving Eggleston Motorsport back-to-back Kumho series crowns following Justin Ruggier’s victory in the class last year.
Series veteran Tony Evangelou finished second overall in his ex-FPR Falcon with Rullo completing the podium. Devjak finished fourth overall and first in the privateer class.
DIAL BEFORE YOU DIG SUPER SIX TOURING CARS
DESPITE FACING the strongest field the Dial Before You Dig Australian Super 6 Touring Car Series has fronted in years, Ben Grice continued his winning ways to take his streak to nine straight race – and three round - victories this season.
Grice beat home Gavin Ross and Travis Lindorff at Phillip Island to continue his remarkable turnaround in form this year after disastrous rounds of the championship at Sandown and Winton earlier this year.
Defending champion Ross retains a strong lead in the Super 6 title race however with double points on offer in the final round at Wakefield Park the title is far from decided.
On his return to the category, Travis Lindorff finished third for the round with Wayne King and Garry Hills completing the top five.
A massive 27-car field competed in the Holden-v-Ford category this weekend, their biggest field of the year.
IROC CHALLENGE / 944s
AUSTRALIA’S NEW series for Classic Porsche’s continued to entertain with Sven Burchartz and Greg Keene putting on a show as they battled for round honours at the Phillip Island Grand Prix circuit.
Race 1 winner Burchartz won race two on Sunday morning however the tables were turned in the afternoon when Keene led the duration – though not before Burchartz launched a concerted attack on the experienced Adelaide driver.
The pair spent much of the fourth and most of the fifth lap side-by-side however Keene was able to hold on and grab the race win – though Burchartz won the round.
Rob Black finished third in IROC Challenge while Adam Mills scored two wins and a second to snare the Porsche 944 honours this weekend.
Mills won races one and two however had to cede the lead to Cameron Beller in the finale’ amongst the 14-car 944 group. Chris Lewis-Williams finished third in the 944 class.
AUSTRALIAN SPORTS RACER SERIES
After a difficult day at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit on Saturday, Australian Sports Racer Series racer Mark Laucke has secured a pair of hard-fought race wins to claim the top step of the podium on Sunday.
The victory comes after he was served a drive-through penalty in race one on Saturday for passing under the yellow flag in an attempt to redress, and sees him reclaim the championship lead.
Meanwhile, consistent efforts all weekend long saw Terry Peovitis and Sue Hughes complete the podium.
F1000 racer Peovitis claimed not only second outright for the round, but also the SR2 Championship and F1000 Championship trophies to see his hands very full on the podium, while Hughes – Radical racer and mother of F3 racer Jon Collins – was ecstatic to take third overall for the weekend.
RADICAL AUSTRALIA CUP
Robert Baird and Tim Macrow combined to win the 40-minute Radical Australia Cup enduro at Phillip Island on Sunday morning.
The pair finished second on the road to Neale Muston in the enduro race, however a post-race penalty for the multiple Radical Champion dropped him behind the winning pair following the race.
Nick Kelly finished third and Greg Smith fourth while Peter Paddon completed the top five and won the SR3 class battle.
Baird and Macrow won the round ahead of Muston and Smith, while Paddon headed home Oliver Smith and Kim Burke in SR3.