Consistent Stoupas wins GT-1 round
Matt Stoupas recorded a pair of top-four finishes in today’s two 50-minute races to take Audi’s first overall round win in GT-1 Australia.
Stoupas finished third in Race 1 (behind Rio Nugara and Rod Salmon) and fourth in Race 2 (behind John Goodacre, Geoff Taunton and Jake Camilleri) – these results, combined with the points he scored for pole position, were enough for him to take overall victory.
Nugara’s Race 1 triumph was largely due to a short mandatory pit-stop time, which gave him an advantage over many other drivers when the entire field pitted under a Code 60 intervention, triggered when Taunton’s MARC Car and the McLaughlan Audi stopped on the track.
Goodacre’s Race 2 win came from a rear-of-field start; he retired on the first lap of Race 1, due to contact with the Ferrari of Jamie Arratoon.
Jake Camilleri (fourth and third in the two races) and Rod Salmon (second and fifth) completed the outright podium.
Jarvis Defeats Seton to take TA2 points lead
Ashley Jarvis has taken the lead of the Performax TA2 Muscle Car Series, after a dramatic day that saw his two main title rivals come to grief at the start of Race 3.
Hugh McAlister and Russell Wright tangled at the first corner, both cars spearing into the gravel trap and sustaining damage. Wright finished the race several laps down but McAlister retired.
At the restart, leader Aaron Seton was caught out by debris on the circuit and ran off, handing the lead to Jarvis who won Race 3. Jarvis withstood pressure from Seton to take first place in Race 4, and his third round win of 2018.
Burge and Morse Battle for Legend Cars glory
James Burge has added another round win to his Legend Cars Australia tally, after a close contest with Zane Morse.
Morse won this morning’s reverse-grid race, held in greasy conditions, but Burge reigned supreme in the final two races of the weekend to extend his points advantage at the front of the field.
Brendan Hourigan continued his perfect streak of podium finishes by finishing third overall, after a tight battle with Ben Jagger and Rick Christy.
The most spectacular moment of the weekend happened in the final race when Josh Hourigan and Stephen Chilby tangled in Turn 3; both drivers retired with damage.
Another round win for Shaw in RX8 Cup
Will Harris pushed him all the way, but Ric Shaw survived the enslaught to claim his third consecutive Mazda RX8 Cup round win.
The two drivers won a race apiece yesterday, and Harris looked to have to early ascendancy today after stealing a win from Shaw with a cheeky switchback move in the last corner of Race 3.
But Shaw led every lap of Race 4 after beating Harris off the line, and Harris fell back to third behind Aaron Prosser, who set a new lap record as he pursued Shaw all the way to the finish.
The consistent Stephen McLaine recorded a pair of top-five finishes in today’s two races to round out the weekend podium.
Coulter, Mork and Edwards victorious in combined category
Michael Coulter led home his father Steve in today’s three Stock Car races to take his second Stock Cars round win for the season.
Shane Harris finished third behind the Coulters, after David Hender retired with a spectacular mechanical failure in the final race.
In the Aussie Racing Utes, Richard Mork added two more wins to his tally while Wayne Williams was victorious in the other race; Clint Henderson finished third overall.
Brent Edwards dominated the Super Six Touring Car class to extend his points advantage in the category.
Thomas, McWhite and Burchartz complete Fvee, Miniature Race Cars and IROC Challenge clean sweeps
Dylan Thomas survived a couple of off-track excursions at Turn 2 to edge out Geoff Bennett for the overall round win in Formula Vee, while Garry Hook finished in third position and Bernie Cannon took honours in the 1200cc class.
Craig McWhite took the lead of the Miniature Race Car Series by winning all four races, and the round, ahead of Brad Lemon.
Another race win for Sven Burchartz allowed the Melbourne lawyer to extend his points lead over Greg Keene in the IROC Challenge.