Support categories put on a show at Sydney SuperNight

Tuesday 01 August, 2023
Photos: Daniel Kalisz Photography, Porsche Motorsport Australia, V8 SuperUte
Although the Repco Supercars Championship was the star of the show at the Beaurepaires Sydney SuperNight, the support bill of categories was just as impressive with four categories enjoying exciting action.

Following on from the busy three-day race meeting, get the lowdown on each category. 

Porsche Michelin Sprint Challenge

Aron Shields picked up his first Porsche Michelin Sprint Challenge Australia round win, edging out teammate Nash Morris and series leader Marco Giltrap.  

After claiming his first series pole position on Friday, it was Morris who got off to the better start when it mattered as he cruised to a four second victory in race one, while Shields would go on to finish in second eight seconds ahead of Lachlan Bloxsom, who rounded out the top three having won a tight battle over Giltrap.  

Morris’ first category appearance of the season got even better in race two when he made it back-to-back wins on Sunday morning thanks to a bold move on his TechworkX teammate the final lap of the race.

The pair were once again in a league of their own throughout the entirety of the race, with Giltrap this time coming in third after making a brilliant move of his own on Bloxsom at turn eight.  

The third and final race all but decided the outright round placings, with Shields once again leading Morris before the latter had a spin at turn 11 which instantly demoted him down the grid.

Coming in second place was Oscar Targett, while Hamish Fitzsimmons rounded out the podium places ahead of a pair of New Zealanders in Ronan Murphy and Giltrap.  

The next round of the Porsche Michelin Sprint Challenge will take place at Queensland Raceway as part of the Shannons SpeedSeries on 11-13 August.  

Fanatec GT World Challenge Australia powered by AWS

Liam Talbot has once again found himself atop of the Fanatec GT World Challenge Australia powered by AWS standings following an impressive victory on Sunday.  

Talbot, alongside co-driver Fraser Ross, powered the Shannons Audi R8 LMS Evo 2 to a victory in race two after showing incredible pace to finish comfortably ahead of polesitters and the Harrolds Racing / Volante Rosso entry of Ross Poulakis and Jayden Ojeda.

The battle for third place came right down to the wire between Jamec Racing’s Geoff Emery and the Triple Eight Race Engineering Mercedes of Prince Abu Bakar Ibrahim –the latter making a clinical move at turn two on the penultimate lap to claim the position.  

The wild encounter followed a brilliant opening race of the weekend on Saturday, with Garnett Patterson holding off a valiant Richie Stanaway in a thrilling battle throughout the dying stages.  

In what looked certain to be a win on return to the series for Stanaway and Triple Eight Race Engineering, Patterson defended the position to perfection and utilised back markers to his advantage throughout to hand he and teammate Yasser Shahin their second victory of the year.  

Talbot and Ross would go on to finish in third place, edging out former series leaders in Emery and Austrian Max Hofer. 

The next round of the Fanatec GT World Challenge Australia powered by AWS will take place at Queensland Raceway on 11-13 August.

S5000 Australian Drivers’ Championship 

Aaron Cameron claimed his first S5000 Australian Drivers’ Championship round win of the year after a clean sweep of race wins.  

After taking an emphatic pole position on Friday ahead of Blake Purdie, the Victorian was forced to make his way back past the former and Aaron Love after a slow start to the opening race. 

But he wasn’t waiting around, making his way past Love before catching Purdie not long after, crossing the line one second ahead of the South Australian to claim race one.  

Unlike the first outing, Cameron got the jump on Purdie in race two and led the race from start to finish while setting a new lap record in the process.  

Meanwhile, teammate Jordan Boys was feeling the pressure behind from Puride who was looking to regain second place, with the former making a mistake on lap six to lose the position before taking it back on lap 12 when Purdie made a similar mistake.  

Boys would go on to finish in second, while Purdie rounded out the top three after a late-race duel with Love.  

The third and final race of the weekend saw Cameron take victory in yet another lights to flag performance, dominating the lap record set earlier in the weekend to finish almost seven seconds ahead of Purdie.  

Purdie utlised the push to pass to perfection on the final lap to make his way past Boys at the exit of turn five, solidifying another second place finish while Boys once again rounded out the podium positions ahead of Ben Bargwanna.  

230802_s5000smspToyota Gazoo Racing Australia 86 Series

Awcon Racing’s Cody Burcher claimed top honours ahead of Rylan Gray and Ryan Casha in the Toyota Gazoo Racing Australia 86 Series after taking out two out of three races across the weekend.

Burcher powered his way to his first victory in race one after qualifying in fourth place on Friday, finishing ahead of polesitter and Morris / Walkinshaw Andretti United entry Matthew Hillyer in second place while AWC / Logan Group’s Campbell Logan rounded out the top three.  

The leader would then become the first multiple race winner after leading from start to finish to claim victory in race two, two seconds ahead of Gray in second.
Although, Gray was made to work for the place after Logan threatened second place through the opening stages of the race before his clutch blew on lap 12.  

Rounding out the top three was Casha, having to make a move on Jordan Shalala in the later stages of the race after losing the place a few laps beforehand.  

The final race of the weekend saw a breakthrough victory for Gray, who took advantage of the shortened race to hold off the series leader Casha and round winner Burcher.  

The next round of the Toyota Gazoo Racing Australia 86 Series will take place at Queensland Raceway as part of the Shannons SpeedSeries on 11-13 August.  

V8 SuperUte Series

Aaron Borg made it consecutive round wins after a consistent haul of results during the V8 SuperUte Series’ four races across the weekend.  

Extending his lead at the top of the outright standings, Borg finished ahead of David Sieders and Ryal Harris in his Isuzu D-Max in what was a three-horse race throughout.  

After qualifying on pole position, Borg fell short of victory to Sieders in a race one thriller by just a couple tenths of a second, with Harris filling the final podium place seven seconds back. 

It would be another second place finish in race two for Borg, but this time he finished behind a dominant Harris in the Toyota Hilux.  

Sieders’ third place finish would ensure the podium would feature the same runners as the opening race – a feat that continued in the remaining two races.  

Sieders would return to the winners’ list in race three, edging out Borg in similar fashion to race one with Harris further back in third, before Borg would finally get his long awaited race win in the fourth and final race of the weekend, finishing over a second ahead of Harris and a further five ahead of Sieders.  

The next round of the V8 SuperUte Series will take place at The Bend Motorsport Park on 18-20 August.  

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