In part 2 of our photographic look back at Shannons Nats from Queensland Raceway, we look at F3, Formula Ford, Sports Racer and Kumho V8s…we still have plenty to come from the weekend’s racing. Keep an eye out!
FORMULA 3 AUSTRALIAN DRIVERS CHAMPIONSHIP
JON COLLINS has extended his lead in the Australian Formula 3 Championship following a commanding feature race victory at Queensland Raceway on Sunday.
Collins assumed an early lead in the Formula 3’s 18-lap feature race whilst behind the Gilmour Racing driver some wild racing ensured on the opening lap – Ricky Capo, Roland Legge and Chris Gilmour going three wide into turn three as they battled for second place.
Legge ran wide at the turn, spearing off into the gravel and down to the back of the field whilst Capo edged Gilmour for second.
Collins sprinted away in front to win the race from Capo and a recovering Legge, who set a series of fastest laps on his charge through the field to the podium.
Luke Spalding battled Roman Krumins for victory in the Formula 3 National class, the pair trading the lead on several occasions before the local driver was able to assume his position at the top of the class – and fifth outright.
The bestjet.com Gilmour Racing Dallara driver also clinched the National class title for this year thanks to his string of strong performances this season.
The Australian Formula 3 Championship returns to the Shannons Nationals at Phillip Island this September.
KUMHO V8 TOURING CARS SERIES
AFTER SURVIVING all kinds of drama to win his maiden Kumho V8 Touring Cars Series round at Winton in June, Alex Rullo had a much clearer pathway to victory in his second career round win at Queensland Raceway this weekend.
Rullo scored pole and a perfect three-race sweep at QR to charge his way up the championship standings with back-to-back round wins.
His cause was helped when nearest rival Liam McAdam was turned around into the gravel trap in a combative final race on Sunday afternoon.
McAdam had battled Rullo for the lead early in the race however the pair made contact at turn two – when McAdam was on the outside – with McAdam coming off second best.
A new lap record for the Eggleston Motorsport driver was small consolation for the disappointing end to his otherwise consistent weekend.
McAdam now leads Rullo by just five points at the series’ half way point, Jim Pollicina third overall and first in the privateer class.
Jim Pollicina finished third overall this weekend after a race three non-finish saw Steve Devjack’s strong run of podium finishes come to a halt. He finished fourth overall with Steve Briffa competing the top five.
AUSTRALIAN FORMULA FORD CHAMPIONSHIP
CAMERON HILL won the fifth round of the Australian Formula Ford Series and placed one hand on the championship trophy in the process thanks to two race wins today at Queensland Raceway.
Hill won race two with relative ease but had to spend 10 laps of continued onslaught from Luis Leeds and Will Brown in a breathless finale’ before he could seal his third straight round victory.
Hill won the round by one point and has now won eight of the last nine races in the open-wheel category.
Luis Leeds finished second, surviving a thrilling last-lap battle with Will Brown in the finale’ to hold on to second spot for the race and round in his DREAM Motorsport Mygale.
Hill, Leeds and Brown each set identical fastest lap times in the 10-lap finale’, showcasing the competitive nature of the series this season – despite Hill’s apparent domination.
Will Brown and Christian Morina tied on 25 points each for third overall, Brown getting the result on a countback thanks to his race three finish.
THE F1000 racers within the Australian Sports Racer Series have found great success, with Joshua Townsend clinching the first ever race and then round win for an F1000 while Adam Cranston took over the points lead.
Townsend would take not one but two race victories by the time the day was out, and was joined on the round podium by Michael Whiting (second) and Cranston (third) – with Whiting and Cranston proving that in racing, consistency really does count.
The Sports Racer weekend was highlighted by an incredible three-way fight for victory in race two that saw Townsend charge from third to first in one lap of racing, ultimately edging out Mark Laucke by 0.06s in one of the races of the year.
Laucke struck dramas in the third and final race, allowing Adam Cranston to jump to the points lead following three rounds.
By Michael Ford and Leonard Smith, August 2015
Words by Shannons Nats PR
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