Oct 17, 2016
THE YEAR THAT WAS: LAP RECORDS
Who would have thought that with one round remaining in the 2016 Shannons Nationals presented by Penrite that 17 new lap records would have been set?
Believe it or not, but 16 previous lap records have so far been broken and Formula 3 racer Chris Anthony set a new outright lap record at Winton Motor Raceway.
Anthony smashed a 16-year record during our third round of the season, crossing the line with a lap time of 1:14.3401 during the final race of the Australian Formula 3 Premier Series.
"It was an amazing feeling, but after the race is when it really sunk in, I was too focused on catching Tim Macrow after the terrible starts I was having, so I saw the time but didn't really take too much notice, but for me to have my name as the fastest person around Winton Raceway is something very special," Anthony said.
"It was pretty awesome to put a lap like that together and everything just felt right ... it was crazy as I could have gone faster on the next lap.
"Getting the perfect lap is a combination of everything, you need the right weather, track temperature, car setup and the mind set - lucky for me I had all of that on the last race of the weekend, which is a big credit to Kumho Tyres as there was still so much grip left in them even after two days of racing on them."
Jack Perkins has been the most popular lap record setter, breaking three Sports Sedan records at Sandown, Phillip Island and Winton. With one round remaining for the series, we could possibly see Perkins take out four records in a season!
The final round of the Shannons Nationals presented by Penrite heads back to Sydney in November, where the Australian Production Car Series, Sports Sedans, Australian Sports Racer Series, Formula 3 and Superkarts will all have the opportunity to set a new lap record.
The last time the Shannons Nationals fronted the Sydney circuit three new lap records were set from the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge, CAMS Jayco Australian Formula 4 Championship and the Australian GT Trophy Series.
Our fingers are crossed the weather stays dry for our final round in November so we can see more records tumble!
Lap records broken during the 2016 season*
Australian Sports Sedan Series: Jack Perkins - 1:07.8711 (03/04/2016)
Kumho Tyre V8 Touring Car Series: Bryce Fullwood - 1:11.1302 (03/04/2016)
Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge: Ryan Simpson - 1:11.1515 (03/04/2016)
Australian Sports Racer Series: Roger I'Anson - 1:12.4017 (03/04/2016)
Touring Car Masters Series: John Bowe - 1:15.1481 (03/04/2016)
Australian Sports Sedan Series: Jack Perkins - 1:27.2757 (11/09/2016)
Kumho Tyre V8 Touring Car Series: Garry Jacobson - 1:33.2611 (10/09/2016)
Touring Car Masters Series: Glenn Seton - 1:40.7450 (11/09/2016)
Outright: Chris Anthony (F3) - 1:14.3401 (12/06/2016)
Australian Formula 3 Premier Series: Chris Anthony - 1:14.3401 (12/06/2016)
Australian Sports Racer Series: Roger I'Anson - 1:19.0364
Australian Sports Sedan Series: Jack Perkins - 1:19.8777 (12/06/2016)
Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge: Hamish Hardeman - 1:21.8259 (12/06/2016)
Sydney Motorsport Park
Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Series: Jaxon Evans - 1:30.8692 (03/07/2016)
CAMS Jayco Australian Formula 4 Championship: Nick Rowe - 1:31.5673 (02/07/2016)
Australian GT Trophy Series: Greg Taylor - 1:31.7479 (03/07/2016)
Australian GT Trophy Series: Morgan Haber - 1:12.4395 (31/07/2016)