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Round review – part 1, a look at Shannons Nats from QR

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It was a massive weekend of racing at Queensland Raceway for the Shannons Nats. We take a look at the Porsche GT3 Cup, AMChamps, Saloon Cars & Sports Sedans

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PORSCHE GT3 CUP CHALLENGE PRESENTED BY PIRELLI

RYAN SIMPSON took the broom to the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge presented by Pirelli field this weekend, sweeping the three race weekend thanks to a string of two victories on Sunday – backing up his commanding win in the 40-lap Sunday night race.

The Sydney driver was in his usual imperious form at Sydney Motorsport Park, breaking the lap record comfortably in race two – setting the new benchmark at 1m10.9903s.

Simpson won the professional class with youngsters Dylan O’Keefe second and James Abela third.

Hamish Hardeman’s Porsche debut was one of the talking points of the weekend – the Formula Ford graduate converting sixth in the Jim Richards enduro to fifth and ninth places in Sunday’s two races, respectively.

Geoff Emery edged out Tim Miles and podium debutant Sam Shahin for the honours in the Porsche’s elite class, while Jaxon Evans won the competitive class B fight over Aaron Seton and Jim Campbell.

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AMCHAMP

BERIC LYNTON in the Alphera Financial Services BMW1M made it two wins from two days in round three of the AMChamps.

Lynton took the lead with 15 laps to go after a thrilling battle with the Sherrin brothers BMW – who had lead for the majority of the race up to that point.

The #18 Sherrin Rentals BMW ran strongly all day, taking the lead on the first lap before the Poll Performance/Mocomm HSV of Pollicina and Lillie overtook them on the second lap.

However, their lead would be short-lived, with a punctured left front tyre just laps later seeing them pit from the lead, handing it back to the Sherrin brothers entry who would go on to lead for the majority of the race from that point.

The potential for an outright victory would slip from the grasp of the Queensland brothers however, when during an epic dice for the lead with Lynton with 15 laps to go saw Grant Sherrin have an off-track excursion on turn 3 – allowing Lynton through for the lead, where he stayed.

Power steering issues sidelined the Rick Bates ProDuct Mitsubishi, while Bob Pearson retired later in the race with smoke billowing from his identical car.

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KERRICK SPORTS SEDAN SERIES

JACK PERKINS’ second round in the Kerrick Sports Sedan series has resulted in a dominant three-race sweep of the series’ third round of 2015.

The Audi driver, filling in for injured regular pilot Darren Hossack, not only took pole and every race victory this weekend, but set a new Sports Sedan lap record for the venue in the process.

Tony Ricciardello finished second in races one and two however dropped down the order in race three after an exhaust issue slowed his progress – though he cruised to the line a small fire did hamper his progress.

After their furious battle for the lead on Saturday evening, Ricciardello seemed to have limited answer to the Audi’s pace on Sunday, falling ten seconds behind in race two and trailing the Audi again in race three before his dramas struck.

Steven Tamasi finished third in both Sunday races and Tom Randle fourth in the Kerrick SAAB.

Shane Bradford won the battle of the TransAm class whilst Keith Kassulke was the leader of the three-car MARC Cars Australia in-race battle.

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DIAL BEFORE YOU DIG SUPER SIX TOURING CAR SERIES

BEN GRICE has taken his streak of race wins to six in the Dial Before You Dig Australian Super Six Touring Car Series this weekend at Queensland Raceway.

Backing up from his dominant performance in Sydney last month, the Gold Coast-based second-generation driver stormed to three comfortable victories this weekend ahead of fellow Holden driver and defending champion, Gavin Ross.

Queensland Ford driver Ashley Jarvis finished third for the round thanks to two thirds and a fourth – Gary Begs scoring a podium in race three after a storming drive.

Lindsay Kearns and Brent Edwards completed the top five.

By Michael Ford and Leonard Smith, August 2015

Words by Shannons Nats PR

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