Shannons' Sandown wrap: Saturday

Saturday 17 September, 2022
Photo: Speed Shots Photography
The second day of the Shannons Motorsport Australia Championships’ visit to Sandown fell victim to the heavy rain, which ultimately saw the day cut short.

However, before the day was called off, there was plenty of racing that managed to take place over the course of the day.

Sunday’s action to continue as scheduled, with the Australian Production Cars to begin at 9:15am AEST.

Supercheap Auto TCR Australia

After an exciting qualifying session in the morning, the Supercheap Auto TCR Australia Series managed to squeeze in a race in-between the two torrential storms.

In his first race meeting since securing a spot in Team Australia for the FIA Motorsport Games, Aaron Cameron celebrated his livery reveal by winning the dramatic race in his Peugeot.

Finishing just behind Cameron in the last lap dash was 2019 champion Will Brown, while privateer Zac Soutar continues to impress in his debut season –rounded out the podium ahead of series leader

It was a disastrous outing for polesitter Jay Hanson, who along with Dylan O’Keefe and Luke King, failed to finish the race – putting a serious dent in their title aspirations.

Two more TCR races remain, the first being at 12:55pm live on Stan Sport.

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Australian Production Cars

The Australian Production Cars were one of the first categories to get a race today and it was the experienced Cameron Crick who was victorious in remarkable fashion.

The A1 Class winner also drove his Mitsubishi Evo X to the outright win over series title contender Drew Russell by just one second, as A2 winner Matthew Holt rounded out the podium – marking three different classes on the podium.

In what was a chaotic race, six drivers failed to finish, while a number of high profile drivers in Anthony Soole, Shane Smollen and Beric Lynton were unable to finish anywhere near the top five.

Production Cars will open Sunday’s track activity from 9:15am.

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Porsche Michelin Sprint Challenge Australia

Having missed out on its second race due to the extreme wet weather, the one-make series was only able to run one race for the day.

Taking out top honours for the sole outing of the day was Ryan Wood, who edged out series leader Thomas Sargent by just one second.

Starting from pole, Wood held the lead all race while Sargent was forced to work his way up into contention from fourth – a solid effort from the Victorian who salvaged some solid points for this title campaign.

Taking out third place was Aron Shields, who edged out Courtney Prince by just over one second – the duo continuing their entertaining battle for third for the season.

In the Pro-Am class, it was the returning Daniel Stutterd who took out the win, beating class leader Sam Shahin by less than a second while Victorian Jacob Li was the best placed Class B driver.

Porsche will open Stan Sport’s live coverage from 10:45am.

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GT World Challenge Australia

The GT World Challenge Australia was one of the lucky categories to tick off an official race today with Shane van Gisbergen and Prince Jeffri Ibrahim victorious.

Despite the race being cut short due to the increasing heavy rain, the Triple Eight Mercedes AMG GT3 was too good as it stormed to a nine second win over title contenders Yasser Shahin and Garth Tander.

Only one second separated Shahin/Tander with the next best car in Liam Talbot and Fraser Ross.

In the AM class, Ross Poulakis and Peter Hackett steered their Harrolds Racing backed AMG to victory, comfortably beating fellow Victorian Mark Cini by almost two minutes.

It was a successful day for Harrolds Racing with the team’s other car piloted by Christos Batzious and Sam Brabham fastest in the GT4 component.

The GTs will race again for an hour from 1:35pm live on Stan Sport.

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Gulf Western Oils Touring Car Masters

The Gulf Western Oils Touring Car Masters was another category to miss out on an official race.

However it did have its traditional Trophy Race, which saw Danny Buzadzic steer his Holden Torana A9X to a three victory over Tony Karanfilovski.

The top drivers were in a league of their own as Cameron Tilley rounded out the top three a further 20 seconds behind Karanfilovski, while Ben Dunn rounded was a further nine seconds behind in fourth.

Their first Sunday race will occur at 11:40am live on Stan Sport.

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Turtle Wax Trans Am Series

Unfortunately the heavy rain prevented the Turtle Wax Trans Am Series from having the chance of completing a race.

However, the series did have an entertaining qualifying session earlier in the day, which saw Cody Burcher top the time sheets by just eight hundredths over reigning champion Nathan Herne.

It was a close battle for third with young gun Nash Morris placing third for the session ahead of Owen Kelly by just eight hundredths.

Having dominated Friday’s practice sessions, Ben Grice had a tough qualifying session – ending up ninth overall.

Trans Am will enjoy two races, with the first 18 lap race 12:15pm live on Stan Sport.

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