Shannons SpeedSeries: Sandown Saturday Wrap

Saturday 09 September, 2023
Photo: Speed Shots Photography and Daniel Kalisz Photography

Supercheap Auto TCR Australia 


Bailey Sweeny made an emphatic statement by taking his first career pole position in Supercheap Auto TCR Australia Series qualifying.  

Sweeny finished ahead of Lachlan Mineeff in what was one of the best qualifying sessions of the year, with the latter also enduring a personal best result in the process.

Rounding out the top three was Zac Soutar, while Tony D’Alberto ensured he would start on the second row for Race 1 by going fourth fastest. Josh Buchan, series leader, was sixth.  

Race 1 

Tony D’Alberto claimed victory in a thrilling opening encounter for Supercheap Auto TCR Australia, outlasting Aaron Cameron and Will Brown.  

The reigning champion took the lead off the line after a slow start from polesitter Bailey Sweeny to then hold on in a veteran-like performance to take his first win of 2023.  

Cameron was under immense pressure from 2019 champion, Brown on the final lap but was able to hold on to take second place, while Sweeny dropped to fifth – three places ahead of teammate and title rival, Josh Buchan.  

Supercheap Auto TCR Australia will return to the track for Race 2 on Sunday at 12:40pm AEST. 

Tickets for Sunday's Shannons SpeedSeries are $30 and includes paddock and grandstand access. Kids under 15 get in free.


National Trans Am Series  

Race 1  

James Moffat converted pole position into a Race 1 win in the National Trans Am Series after a great dual with Ben Grice and Tom Hayman.  

Grice pipped the polesitter Moffat off the line, holding the lead for a number of laps before dropping down the order in dramatic fashion.  

A late safety car intervention saw Moffat lead Hayman on a final lap sprint, taking the line honours ahead of the 19-year-old. The returning Nash Morris rounded out the podium places after a last-gasp move on Elliot Barbour.  

Race 2

James Moffat added another race win to his 2023 resume after an emphatic victory in the second National Trans Am Series race of the weekend.

The series leader was in a class of his own ahead of Elliot Barbour – who was involved in plenty of entertaining battles throughout.

It was a welcome return to the podium for Brett Holdsworth, who put in one of his best performances of the year and set himself up for another good result in Sunday’s final race.

The NationalTrans Am Series will return on Sunday for one final race at 3:25pm AEST.


Kumho V8 Touring Car Series


Jude Bargwanna made it four from four pole positions in the Kumho V8 Touring Car Series in 2023 after yet another stunning performance in qualifying.  

The New South Welshman put in his fastest lap midway through the session before a red-flag intervention, with cars to return to the track for a final run before the chequered flag with only a couple of minutes to go.

Queensland Raceway round winner, Ray Hislop would end up three-tenths of a second back while the fast-starting Jim Pollicina will be on their tail on the second row for Race 1 alongside Tony Auddino. 

Race 1 

Jamie Tilley claimed another Kumho V8 Touring Car Series victory after a chaotic opening race of the weekend at Sandown.  

Jude Bargwanna was forced to work his way to the front of the field after a troubled start off pole, before spinning and hitting a wall in the dying stages.

Tilley took advantage of the incident to take the lead of the race and ultimately claim victory, finishing ahead of Ray Hislop and Jim Pollicina.

The Kumho V8 Touring Car Series will have another crack on Sunday morning at  11:20am AEST. 


Mobil 1 Australian Production Car Series and Monochrome GT4 Australia

Race 1 

Shane Smollen (GT4) took a stunning victory in the first combined APC and GT4 class race after a final lap overtake on the long-time race leader, Karl Begg.  

Begg took the lead of the race in the early stages and was able to hold off the valiant Smollen for the entirety of the 30-minutes, losing the position in the dying stages.   

Finishing in third place outright and taking APC honours was Grant Sherrin, who found himself battling with the GT4’s in the later stages of the race before securing the final podium position.

Coleby Cowham would finish in second place for APC while Cameron Crick rounded out the top three.  

Race 2 

Shane Smollen (GT4) and Grant Sherrin (APC) made it two from two for the day after another incredible performance in the combined categories second race. 

Smollen finished almost five seconds clear of his closest competitor in Steven Jukes, while Mark Griffith was impressive in third.  

It was another outright top five for Sherrin, who crossed the line in fourth place ahead of his closest class competitor in Lindsay Kearns.  

The combined Mobil 1 Australian Production Cars and Monochrome GT4 Australia will complete the second half of their four category races on Sunday, kicking off at 9:50am AEST.


Australian Formula Open


Ryan How ensured the ultimate advantage for Race 1 of Australian Formula Open after claiming pole position ahead of Trent Grubel.  

How was two-tenths of a second quicker than his title rival, while Miles Bromley was a further six-tenths of a second back in third.  

Brodie Norris was the best of the F4s and will line up alongside teammate Peter Bouzinelos on the fourth row, with Kristian Janev next best behind.  

Race 1  

Ryan How converted pole position into a crucial race win the Australian Formula Open’s first race of the weekend, finishing three tenths of a second ahead of title rival Trent Grubel in a disrupted race.  

A safety car was called out after Peter Bouzinelos went off track, bunching up the pack and allowing Brodie Norris to become the F4 leader despite a slow start of the line.  

In the end, Norris would claim top honours in the class while Thomas Galagher finished second behind him.  

Australian Formula Open will return on Sunday for Race 2 at 10:30am AEST.


MARC Cars Australia

Race 1  

Cameron McLeod took the first race of the weekend for MARC Cars Australia, leading from start to finish to win the 40-minute race in comfortable fashion.   

McLeod was put under pressure from polesitter Jake Camilleri in the opening stages of the race but was able to pull away and hold the lead in a world of his own.   

Camilleri would come home in second, with Darren Currie rounding out the top three. 

Race 2 

Its back-to-back race wins for Cameron McLeod after another dominant performance in the MARC Cars Australia category.  

McLeod and Jake Camilleri were once again fighting for the race lead off the line but a spin for the latter soon ruled him out of contention – dropping down the field as a result.  

Darren Currie would work his way up into second place to make it back-to-back podium finishes, with Geoff Taunton coming home in third in his MARC GT.  

MARC Cars Australia will have one last race on Sunday at 11:50am AEST.


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