Ford Mustang 60 Years Race Phillip Island: Sunday Wrap

Sunday 14 April, 2024
Photo: Speed Shots Photography
The Shannons SpeedSeries' wrapped up it's visit to Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit with another huge day of action.

Overall, the Ford Mustang 60 Years Race Phillip Island proved a highly successful event and welcomed  a record Shannons SpeedSeries crowd of 17,869 over the course of the weekend.

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The popular GT3 series’ sole one-hour race proved just as entertaining as yesterday’s season opener, with Brendon Leitch and Tim Miles taking out the victory this time around.

Despite the timesheets suggesting a dominant win from the Audi pilots, who reached the chequered flag 11 seconds ahead of the Mercedes AMG of Paul Lucchitti and Jayden Ojeda, it was far from easy.

With Miles having the responsibility of bringing the car home, he was in a fierce battle with fellow Audi driver Brad Schumacher in the final stages of the race, with the latter attempting multiple passes.

The thrilling duel between a stubborn Miles and attacking Schumacher all came to a head when Schumacher ended up in the gravel after coming unstuck in another pass attempt right as the clock stuck zero.

Fortunately, Schumacher was able to recover quickly to guide the Audi he shared with Will Brown to the line in third place.

Earlier in the race, Ojeda found himself in top spot after replacing Chaz Mostert, and eventually led the field into pit lane, until a quick stop from Mostert and the Arise Racing GT team put Liam Talbot into a good position.

Unfortunately, stalling in the lane and a venture off track due to cold tyres from Talbot undid Mostert’s good work and sent the #1 Ferrari 296 GT – although the reigning champion did recover to salvage fourth place.


Porsche Michelin Sprint Challenge Australia

Caleb Sumich has won the opening round of the 2024 Porsche Michelin Sprint Challenge Australia season after a dramatic finale on Sunday afternoon.

With the category starting off the day’s schedule with an endurance race, the overall round result ended up coming down to the the final race, which was finished under a safety car intervention.

Taking out top honours in the Jim Richards Endurance Race was yesterday’s runner-up in Hamish Fitzsimmons, who beat Clay Osborne by just over a second, while Oscar Targett rounded out the top three.

Both Fitzsimmons and Targett would have had plenty of confidence for the final race of the weekend after a podium and a race win each, however contact between the race two winner and Clay Osborne saw the two off the track and out of the event.

That elevated Targett to the lead and on track for the overall victory – especially with the race likely to finish up the safety car. Unfortunately, the Grove Racing youngster received a five second penalty for a safety car breach, which demoted him to 12th once the cars reached the chequered flag.

Targett’s penalty handed the race three win to Sumich, who had secured a pair of top five finishes earlier in the weekend.

Remarkably Sumich, Targett and Brock Gilchrist all ended the weekend on the same amount of points – however with Sumich winning the final race ahead of Gilchrist, the West Australian was given the round.

Claiming Pro-Am honours was Daniel Stutterd, while Jacque Jarjo secured a clean sweep in Class B.


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Category great Peter Paddon has added more silverware to the ever-growing list of accolades after securing the round win at Phillip Island.

In what were extremely close circumstances for the round win, Paddon and race one winner Cooper Cutts ended up on equal points, but like Porsche, the final results were determined by today’s result.

Starting on the front row, Paddon had a great start to the race and managed to charge to the lead on the first lap before holding the position down for the rest of the race.

His biggest rival in Cutts started off well and was in a good position to fight for the lead, but it all went south after his mandatory pit stop. Coming out behind lapped traffic, the youngster couldn’t pass the backmarkers and lost significant time.

By the time he eventually did make it to second, Paddon was well up the road and managed to reach the chequered flag ahead of Cutts, sealing the win with a fastest-lap.


Trico Trans Am Series

The Trico Trans Am Series may have had a dramatic day yesterday, but the drama continued on Sunday, with both races proving entertaining on multiple fronts.

Taking out the overall round victory was James Golding, while Nash Morris and Todd Hazelwood rounded out the podium.

All three drivers were major players in Sunday’s action, which was highly affected by tyre degradation – ultimately causing a number of incidents.

In the category’s first race of the day, Morris held on for the victory over reigning champion James Moffat, who did his best to pile the pressure on the Queenslander in the final stages of the race.

However, a dive from Elliot Cleary on Moffat helped Morris breakaway from the chasing pack, leaving Moffat to fight his way back into a second – although not long after, Cleary’s tyres went and he ended up off track and retired – giving back Moffat and Golding a top three finish.

In the day’s final race, Golding led every lap to secure both the race and the round – a victory that was aided by both Moffat and Morris’ tyres going minutes from the end.

The duo’s tyre issues allowed a fast charging Hazelwood to eventually slot into second place and chase down Golding, however the South Australian just missed out on the win as he crossed the line one second behind.


Supercheap Auto TCR Australia Series

Brad Harris has enjoyed a breakout day in the Supercheap Auto TCR Australia Series to win the round after winning both of the category’s races.

The Wall Racing driver overcame a challenging day yesterday, where he finished ninth, to lead almost every single lap across each race.

Starting on the front row alongside brother Will, Harris’ better start over the polesitter saw him lead the field into turn one and every lap after that, with Garry Rogers Motorsport teammates Aaron Cameron and Ryan Casha following the Honda Civic R driver across the line.

Although Harris was initially stripped of his win due to what seemed a jump start, the decision was eventually overturned after he successfully appealed the decision.

Harris once again started on the front for the final race, only this time it was next to Clay Richards. And while Richards managed to hold into his lead for the first lap, by the time the frontrunners began the second lap – Harris had made it past.

Soon after, Ben Bargwanna, reigning champion Josh Buchan, who had failed to finish race two, and Tony D’Alberto made it past Richards to make up the top four.


Monochrome GT4 Australia Series

History was made in the Monochrome GT4 Australia Series this weekend, as George Miedecke and Rylan Gray guided the Ford Mustang GT4 to its first ever global competitive victories.

Following on from a maiden win yesterday, the duo went back-to-back in today’s sole race – eventually beating the McLaren Artura GT4 of Marcos Flack and Tom Hayman by 10 seconds.

In what was a perfect drive from the duo, they essentially led from lights out to the chequered flag, only losing their place when they completed their mandatory pit stop.

Once back out on the track, it didn’t take them long to regain the lead, which they claimed seven laps later and held onto it for the rest of the race.

Rounding out the podium was the Mercedes AMG GT4 of Jake Camilleri, who edged out Tim Leahey by four seconds – the BMW M4 GT4 G82 driver taking out the Am victory in the process.

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