AWC Race Tasmania 2024: Friday wrap

Friday 15 March, 2024
Photo: Speed Shots Photography
The first day of AWC Race Tasmania is now complete, with all five categories enjoying solid time on the circuit as part of the Shannons SpeedSeries’ second round of the season at Symmons Plains.

Tickets for the event remain on sale at, with single day passes starting from $25, while kids under 12 can enter for free.

The majority of tomorrow’s action will broadcast live and free via 7plus, starting from 9:30am AEDT and until 3:45pm AEDT, while fans around the country can watch multiple races on free-to-air television from 2:00pm AEDT.

Trico Trans Am Series

All the category’s heavy hitters were in action during today;s two practice sessions, with James Moffat going fastest overall after topping the timesheets the first practice session.

Moffat was in fine form in the session, narrowly edging out the returning Nathan Herne by just one tenth of a second, while Jordan Boys rounded out the top three just four hundredths of a second off the Queenslander.

The top three were again in the thick of the action in the second practice session, but they all finished behind Nash Morris as less than one tenth of a second separated the quartet.

In both sessions, Josh Webster was the fastest out of those in Pro-Am class, with his best time coming in practice two. Remarkably, both of his best times from each session were within eight thousandths of each other.

The category kicks off Saturday’s action with qualifying from 9:35am before holding the first two of its four races in the afternoon.


Supercheap Auto TCR Australia Series

Like Trans Am, the Supercheap Auto TCR Australia Series had two practice sessions on Friday with Tony D’Alberto the star performer.

The 2022 champion was in the thick of the action during both sessions and managed to post the fastest time of the day during practice one, with a 56.0146 second lap proving unbeatable.

D’Alberto’s timesheet-topping run came on lap 14 where he ousted Zac Soutar off top spot. Just three hundredths of a second split the two at the end of the session.

In third place for the session was Aaron Cameron, who went on to go fastest in the day’s second session, beating D’Alberto and Brad Harris in the process.

TCR will be on track twice tomorrow, with a two-part qualifying session to run at 12pm AEDT and race one at 3:15pm AEDT.


Precision Sports Sedan Series

Series contender Steve Tamasi got his 2024 season off to a solid start, topping the overall timesheets for the day.

While Tamasi wasn’t able to go fastest in both sessions, his practice one winning time of 52.2892 seconds remained unbeaten for the rest of the day, as Kim Barwick went fastest in the second session.

Showcasing a diverse range of talent, three different drivers made the top three in both sessions, with Tamasi leading Geoff Taunton and Ashley Jarvis in the first, and Barwick leading Peter Ingram and Ben Purtell in session two.

Like TCR, Sports Sedans have two sessions tomorrow, with qualifying to take place at 10:40am and the first race to take place at 2:40pm AEDT.


ACL Race Series Hyundai Excel

The Excels were the first category to run official qualifying sessions this weekend, and it was one of its main title contenders who posted the fastest time.

Claiming pole position by the slender margin of less than two hundredths of a second was Jeremy Bennett after the youngster edged out Oliver Wickham for top spot.

Half a second off the top two drivers was Jackson Shaw, who went fastest in both of the day’s two practice sessions, while William Twining went fourth fastest ahead of a driver familiar to Shannons SpeedSeries fans, Lachie Dalton.

All five drivers made up the top five in the second practice session, highlighting the closeness of the competition of the pointy end of the field ahead of tomorrow’s three races – the first of which takes place at 10.30am.


Sparco Tassie Tin Tops

Rounding out the day’s track activity was the Sparco Tassie Tin Tops, who also had two practice sessions before finishing up a qualifying session.

Starting tomorrow’s first race in pole position will be Ben Newman after the Mercedes AMG GT4 driver edged out Nissan GTR pilot Craig Sheahen by just six hundredths of a second.

Completing 18 laps in the session, Newman’s best time came on his 15th lap, where he snatched pole from Sheahen, who went fastest on his eighth of nine laps.

Starting the first race on the second row will be Charles Williscroft in his Pontiac Grand Prix car and Brett Champ in his Holden Commodore after the duo were split by half a second.

Earlier in the day, Newman went fastest in both of the category’s two practice sessions, with Williscroft second fastest in practice one and Champ second fastest in practice two.

The series has two races tomorrow which will occur at 10am AEDT and the second at 1:20pm AEDT.

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