Camilleri takes title in tense GT-1 decider
Jake Camilleri has emerged as the inaugural GT-1 Australia Champion after two tension-filled 50-minute races.
Camilleri lost many laps in the pits during the opening race, while his team attempted to rectify an engine problem with the MARC I Focus, and to rub salt into the wound his main title rival Matt Stoupas (Audi R8) won the race to reduce his lead to just 34 points.
In the second race, Camilleri’s co-driver John Goodacre took advantage of a shorter compulsory pit-stop handicap time to emerge in the lead after the pit-stop cycle, and was able to take victory after Audi drivers Xavier West and Rio Nugara collided – this guaranteed the title for a relieved Camilleri.
Stoupas won the round ahead of Rod Salmon, with Camilleri/Goodacre finishing third overall.
Burge victorious in Legend Cars Australia Series
Two more race wins – his 21st and 22nd victories of the season – were enough for James Burge to wrap up the Legend Cars Australia Series and win the coveted Race to the US prize: entry into the US Legend Car Nationals.
Despite a clash in this morning’s reverse-grid race, Burge still charged to fifth and then took victories in the other two races. Regan Angel finished second overall ahead of Zane Morse, but it was the consistent Brendon Hourigan who took the runner-up spot in the series standings ahead of Ben Jagger.
Shaw completes perfect RX8 Cup round streak
Aaron Prosser made him work for it, but Ric Shaw completed his perfect RX8 Cup round win scorecard for 2018 by winning both today’s races.
Shaw and Prosser staged intense battles in both races, swapping the lead on a number of occasions. The battle for the round win was resolved in Race 4 when Shaw slipped up the inside of Prosser in the very last corner of the race.
Stephen McLaine finished third for the weekend and secured the runner-up spot in the standings, with Nick Dunkley finishing third for the season.
Burchartz, Postlethwaite, Murphy and Edwards win Combined classes
The close racing in the IROC Challenge class for classic Porsches continued in both today’s races; Nick Cresswell led the opening laps of Race 3 before spinning off the circuit at Turn 5, allowing Sven Burchartz to the lead. However, Burchartz was overtaken by Greg Keene for the win on the very last lap.
Burchartz gained the ascendancy in Race 4, enabling him to take the round win but Keene won the title.
Christopher Formosa and Wayne Williams won both today’s Aussie Racing Utes encounters, but it was the consistent David Murphy who won the round, after Formosa was caught in an incident at the start of Race 4.
Brent Edwards completed his domination of Super 6 Touring Cars, while Glen Postlethwaite capitalised on a DNF for Gavin Ross in Race 1 to win the Group 4 round.
A fine win for Cotton in Miniature Race Cars
Chad Cotton won both today’s Miniature Race Car events in his Future Racer, highlighted by a spectacular drive through the field in Race 4, which featured a reverse-grid format.
Cotton took the lead on the exit of the final corner, out-accelerating the Aussie Racing Car of Brad Lemon on the run to the finish line.
Craig McWhite (Future Racer), who had already secured the title, finished in third place
Gillett, Hickey and Cappellari take Victorian TT Honours
Cory Gillett wrapped up the Victorian Extreme TT title with wins in both today’s races aboard his Nissan Silvia; Gillett was briefly overtaken by Ashley Maclurkin in Race 2, but Maclurkin spun at Turn 7.
John Hickey (VE Commodore) won all three races in the Super TT class; Daniel Van Der Heyden (VN Commodore) won the Production TT Class in Race 2 but a DNF allowed Cooper Cappellari (VY Commodore) to win Race 3, and the round.
Lindsell, Woods share 2 Litre Sports Sedan spoils
Craig Lindsell (Mini Cooper S) and Brendan Woods (Toyota Corolla) each won a race in the 2 Litre Sports Sedan class, but it was Lindsell who won the round by virtue of his Race 1 win yesterday. Woods won the start on both occasions, but while Lindsell overtook him in Race 2, he was able to hold off Lindsell’s attacks in Race 3.
Iain McDougall (Mini) finished third in Race 2 while Steve Howard (Corolla) was third in Race 3.
Steven Cannizzo completed a clean sweep of APRA (Victorian Pulsar Series) wins to wrap up the championship.
Hat-trick of Vic V8s titles for Argento
Driving his XB Falcon Coupe, Victor Argento claimed his third successive Vic V8s crown with a pair of third-place finishes today. Both races were won by Len Cattlin (Ford Mustang, ineligible for outright points) with Craig Eddy finishing second. Eddy actually fell behind Argento in Race 2, but the Falcon driver received a five-second post-race time penalty for jumping the start.
Mark Houeix and Michael Budge battled for fourth position, Budge overtaking Houeix in both races.