Nov 13, 2016
CHAMPIONS CELEBRATED AS APCS DRAWS TO A CLOSE
The ADLED Australian Production Cars has crowned its champions for 2016 following four hours of racing at Sydney Motorsport Park today.
OUTRIGHT AND CLASS A
Beric Lynton took all the spoils today – winning outright and Class A honours for not only the race but also the series in a shocking last minute of the four hour stanza.
Aaron Seton lost a wheel just seconds after taking the race lead from Lynton, leaving the young gun stranded trackside for a DNF after having earlier completely dominated the first two and a half hours of the race.
The BMW1M of Lynton continued on to take the chequered flag, as everyone on-track gasped in disbelief as to what had just unfolded.
Seton was in the box-seat to take the race honours outright and for class A, steadily closing the gap over the last laps before challenging Lynton for the lead before the mishap in the Donut King Audi TT RS he shared this weekend with team boss Tony Alford.
It wasn’t a good day in the office for Seton’s fellow class A entrants either, only three cars in the class completing the race, with the next entrant across the finish line being found in 12th outright in the Oosthuizen Motorsport Evo 9.
Second across the line outright today was reigning champions Grant and Iain Sherrin, with the Sherrin brothers taking out the Class B round and season win as a result.
The effort is particularly impressive when you consider the fact that boost issues saw Grant Sherrin start the race from the rear of the 30 car grid – he drove his way to 15th by the end of lap one, further carving his way up the grid to be fourth by Lap 17.
Second in Class B and third outright for the race today was Leigh Burges and Matthew Brabham.
Third for class C was the Ford Falcon of Mick Benton and Tony Halton (13th outright).
The Class C race and series win was taken by the Renault Megane of Francois Jouy and Franck Donniaux from fourth outright after a strong effort today and a hard-fought season that saw a number of entries head to this weekend with a mathematical chance of taking out the bragging rights.
Second and third in the Class C race results today were the Colin Osborne/Hadrian Morrall Osborne Motorsport Renault Megane (seventh outright) and the Osborne Motorsport Scott Gore/Patrick Galang entry (eighth outright), ahead of series contender Doug Westwood – sharing the BMW E3 6M3 for fourth in class and ninth outright today.
In Class D, the Toyota 86 of Jimmy Vernon and Mark Caine had an impressive run in the class to take out the race class victory from fifth outright.
Second and third for class were the #522 Homegas Raceaway Track Time Toyota 86 of Graeme and Josh Heath and the #97 Gosford European Car Services/The Web Design Renault Clio (14th and 16th outright respectively).
With their nearest title rivals - Grant Phillips and Andrew Turpie Pedders Racing/Motorsport Training Australia Toyota 86 - falling foul of electrical issues today to not be able to finish, it was the father and daughter outfit of Barry and Carly Black who would take home the class season title today.
Class E played host to a lot of battles between the Paul Currie/Jason Walsh Hurley Smash Repairs Suzuki Swift and the TOA57D Motorsport Suzuki Swift of Alan Jarvis and Rob Jarvis, finishing first and second in class and 20th and 21st outright respectively.
Not enjoying a great day in the ‘office’ today was Ellexandra Best and Liam Thompson in the #15 Lauren Gray Motorsport Toyota Echo, after the 17 year old and 16 year old respectively came into today’s event leading the class E standings, but were forced to retire with a blown engine after having earlier experienced a spin with one of the CXC Global Racing Evo 9s.
This result meant that it was Currie and Walsh who would snatch away the title by three points courtesy of their class win today.
For Class I, the Kyle Alford and Carey McMahon Donut King BMW1M had already clinched the season title heading into this weekend, but that didn’t stop them from driving the wheels off the car early before persevering through boost troubles – bringing the entry home in sixth outright and taking the Class I victory.
Second for class was the Ford Falcon Saloon Car entry of Ashley and Paul Jarvis (11th outright), while third was the Ford Falcon Saloon Car of Bradley Carr and Lindsay Kearns (17th outright).
For full results from this weekend’s racing for the ADLED Australian Production Cars, please click here
It has been a big year for the Australian Production Cars in 2016, which recently announced an expanded six round calendar for 2017 – beginning with the Hi-Tec Oils Bathurst 6 Hour across April 14-16.