Nov 11, 2016
SHANNONS INSURANCE DAY 1 WRAP
The final round of the Shannons Nationals presented by Penrite has officially begun, with Day 1 now under wraps at Sydney Motorsport Park.
Five of Australia's premier racing series set their practice laps ahead of their racing tomorrow, under great conditions at the Eastern Creek circuit.
Kerrick Sports Sedan Series
Today's story is the great battle between Jack Perkins and the recently crowned champion Tony Ricciardello, who swapped fastest laps in today's Kerrick Sports Sedan Series practice sessions.
The 11-car field completed three sessions, with Perkins walking away as the fastest driver in today's sessions and also unofficially breaking the Gardner GP circuit record with a 1:28.4839.
Ricciardello was also under the existing record held at the circuit, crossing the line with a fastest time of 1:28.6156.
Local driver Steve Lacey was third fastest in today's times, ahead of Birol Certin and Colin Smith.
The Kerrick Sports Sedan Series will return to the track tomorrow morning at 9:00 (AEDT) for their first qualifying session.
Australian Sports Racer Series
A colourful field of Australian Sports Racers have completed their practice for the round, with the ever-so dominant Roger I'Anson leading the way in today's times.
I'Anson set a fastest time of 1:28.4035, with F1000 rival Josh Cranston second fastest out of today's combined times.
Radical racer Peter Johnston was third fastest on the combined practice time sheets, ahead of Philip Hughes and current champion Mark Laucke.
On debut this weekend is Glenn Cooper from the USA, who managed to set an impressive sixth fastest time during the second practice session.
The Australian Sports Racer Series will be back on the Sydney Motorsport Park circuit tomorrow morning at 10:10 (AEDT) for Qualifying, ahead of the first race for the round.
Superkarts Australia National Series
For the second time this year the Superkarts join the Nationals for their final round, with Russell Jamieson leading the way in today's combined practice session.
The 250cc International racer put down a time of 1:29.8841 in the 20-kart field, with Ilya Harpas setting the second fastest time in today's practice sessions.
Victorian Gary Pegoraro was third, ahead of Kristian Stebbing and Jason Smith.
John Pellicano was fastest in the 250cc National class and Lee Vella quickest in 125 Gearbox.
The Superkarts Australia National Series returns to the track tomorrow morning at 9:50 (AEDT) for qualifying, and then two races throughout the day.
Australian Production Car Series
The biggest field of the weekend has not dissappointed in the Australian Production Car Series, with Beric Lynton and Tim Leahy leading the charge in today's practice sessions.
The duo led a 30-car field, finishing ahead of fellow Class A racers Dylan Thomas/Stuart Kostera.
Fastest in Class B and third outright was the dynamic duo of Grant and Iain Sherrin followed by Steve Hodges/Robert Coulthard.
Class C saw the trio of Michael Sloss, Ric Shaw and Andrew Bollom top the class in combined practice laps, with Jimmy Vernon/Mark Caine topping the Class D times.
Jason Walsh and Paul Currie were fastest in combined practice times in Class E and the Invitational class saw Kyle Alford and Aaron Seton fastest.
The Australian Production Car Series will complete their practice tomorrow morning with their third session at 9:25 (AEDT).
Australian Formula 3 Premier Series
Recently crowned 2016 champion Tim Macrow topped today's combined practice sessions in the Australian Formula 3 Premier Series, setting a fastest time of 1:23.9986.
Macrow finished ahead of 15-year-old Cameron Shields, with 2015 F3 champion Jon Collins third on the charts.
In the National class Nathan Kumar was fastest, ahead of Roman Krumins and Shane Wilson.
The Kumho Cup also returns for the final round, with Ross McAlpine fastest out of today's three sessions.
The Australian Formula 3 Premier Series returns to the track tomorrow morning for Qualifying at 10:35 (AEDT).
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