Another great day of racing has been had at Symmons Plains Raceway in Launceston for the Tyrepower Tasmania SuperSprint event featuring of course the Supercars, and four support classes, we have reviewed today’s Supercar action which you can catch up how Jamie Whincup won the day.
The local class of Sports GT had their first race for the weekend this morning first up, which saw Brad Sherriff win the sprint race in his Nissan Skyline, chasing hard was the Ford Capri of Adam Garwood, Gardwood is competing in this years Porsche Carrera Cup as well. In third for race one was Brodie Maher in a Mazda Rx7.
In the second race later in the afternoon Sherriff again won outright this time from Maher and then Garwood.
Race One Top 10
1 66 Boost Automotive Brad Sherriff 0:56.3635
2 2 Giraffe Excavations Adam Garwood 0:56.5814
3 98 Caltas/Lloyd North/Spectrum Si Brodie Maher 0:56.4151
4 25 Hunts Heating Ben Creed 0:57.2693
5 59 Ilec Electrical Stephen Noble 0:57.2161
6 72 Bartec Switchboards/ NHP Layton Barker 0:58.2956
7 75 Williams Mitre 10 Adam Williams 0:58.1210
8 99 Maverick Drill and Blast Pty L Tony Besson 0:59.3819
9 5 Les Walkden Enterprises Les Walkden 0:58.9530
10 3 Vos Construction Ben Manion 0:59.1810
Race Two Top 10
1 66 Boost Automotive Brad Sherriff 0:56.2997
2 98 Caltas/Lloyd North/Spectrum Si Brodie Maher 0:56.6806
3 2 Giraffe Excavations Adam Garwood 0:56.5276
4 25 Hunts Heating Ben Creed 0:57.7663
5 75 Williams Mitre 10 Adam Williams 0:58.0921
6 22 HKC Hodgman Kitchens and Cabin Andrew Reader 0:58.3947
7 99 Maverick Drill and Blast Pty L Tony Besson 0:59.8555
8 12 Scott Smith Orthodontics Scott Smith 0:58.5326
9 88 Aussie Milk Brendan Nicholls 0:58.9508
10 3 Vos Construction Ben Manion 0:59.9980
Cameron Shields (QLD) set the pace again today and tied up the quick qualifying session first up this morning from Ryan Suhle (QLD) and Jayden Ojeda (NSW).
The Queensland pair of Sheilds and Suhle gapped the field fast from the time lights went out for race one, with the later taking the lead into turn one and holding on to it for the first lap but he couldn’t hold off the repeated challenges from Sheilds who managed to pass into the second turn on lap two and then pull away. Aaron Love (WA) managed to make his way to third after passing Lachlan Hughes (QLD) a couple of laps into the race.
Shields also set a new lap record for the class of 0:55.965 from the standing Lap Record of 0:56.260 Set On 03/04/2016 By Josh Denton (SA).
1 73 McDonald’s Australia Cameron Shields (QLD) 0:55.9657
2 5 CAMS Rising Star / Ray White Ryan Suhle (QLD) 0:56.0735
3 78 Coco’s / Team BRM Aaron Love (WA) 0:56.3471
4 31 Engine Sensors Australia Jayden Ojeda (NSW) 0:56.1630
5 15 Team BRM Lachlan Hughes (QLD) 0:56.1837
6 27 Team BRM Zayd Tones (QLD) 0:56.2671
7 11 Objective Racing Jackson Walls (NSW) 0:56.6050
8 12 Team BRM Josh Smith (VIC) 0:56.6913
9 16 SCT Logistics Thomas Smith (VIC) 0:56.6599
10 39 Astuti Motorsport Antonio Astuti (VIC) 0:56.7268
Touring Car Masters
Only 8 of the 12 starters finished the first TCM race, the trophy reversed grid event. Jason Gomersall Holden Torana A9X took the line honours from Paul Freestone Chevrolet Camaro, John Bowe (Holden Torana SL/R) who started from the back of the pack and worked his way up to third outright. Ryan Hansford Holden Torana SL/R failed to finish and stopped the car in almost the identical spot he stopped during Fridays practice session, again with problems with the right front steering.
This race was Jason Gomeralls first win in the class after being a top three finisher on nine separate occasions!
Race two was a charge by the big boys of the class, it was initially a battle between Bowe and Steven Johnson (Ford Mustang Fastback) with Johnson getting the better of Bowe on lap two, Hansford managed to keep the car togther for this race and raced third for the entire race.
Both Johnson and Bowe went under the lap record with Johnson setting the new record of 0:56.233
1 35 Bigmate Racing Jason Gomersall 0:58.0826
2 25 Maxi-Trans Trailers Paul Freestone 0:57.3154
3 18 Wilson Security / PAYCE John Bowe 0:57.1844
4 46 THD Motorsport Leo Tobin 0:57.7459
5 95 Whiteline Racing / Fabre Austr Adam Bressington 0:57.4930
6 17 WM Waste / Herrod Performance Steve Johnson 0:57.5893
7 60 Glennan Transport / ANGLOMOIL Cameron Tilley 0:58.0157
8 85 Whiteline Racing / King Spring Mark King 0:57.9370
1 17 WM Waste / Herrod Performance Steve Johnson 0:56.2339
2 18 Wilson Security / PAYCE John Bowe 0:56.5731
3 6 Multispares Racing Ryan Hansford 0:56.8941
4 95 Whiteline Racing / Fabre Austr Adam Bressington 0:57.0054
5 60 Glennan Transport / ANGLOMOIL Cameron Tilley 0:57.8513
6 35 Bigmate Racing Jason Gomersall 0:57.9967
7 46 THD Motorsport Leo Tobin 0:58.2117
8 27 MOCOMM Motorsport Communicatio Jim Policina 0:57.7173
9 38 Leon Bell Automotive / Port So Leon Bell 1:02.2710
The Super2 class had two 10 minute qualifying sessions with a 5 minute break between them, the first qualifying was for today’s race and the second one for Sundays race. Kiwi driver Chris Pither was fastest in both Q1 and Q2, in the first session Paul Dumbrell was second from Brodie Kostecki and in the second qualifying, second was Will Brown with Kostecki third again.
It was describe as somewhat of a smash fest in the first race for the Super2’s this weekend with a number of drivers dicing into gaps that may not have been there! Paul Dumbrell took control of the race from the outset and was never really challenged, Pither dropped to third from the start but made his way past Jack Smith who finished third on lap 10. Kostecki cousins Brodie and Kurt finished fourth and fifth respectively, Kurt was penalised 5 seconds during the race we believe for tagging another car.
Dumbrell managed to break his own lap record that was set this time last year with a lap of 0:52.851 down from 0:52.943.
Shae Davies and Jake Kostecki were classed as non finishers after both were involved with mishaps earlier in the race.
Race One Top Ten
1 88 Eggleston Motorsport Paul Dumbrell 0:52.8519
2 44 Wilson Security PAYCE GRM Chris Pither 0:52.8957
3 21 SCT Logistics Jack Smith 0:52.9755
4 57 Arcoplate Racing Brodie Kostecki 0:53.0709
5 55 Arcoplate Racing Kurt Kostecki 0:52.8976
6 14 Payce Macauley Jones 0:53.2449
7 15 Auto One Racing Adam Marjoram 0:53.2454
8 54 Eggleston Motorsport Nathan Morcom 0:53.3781
9 38 Eggleston Motorsport William Brown 0:53.2818
10 5 Skye Sands Thomas Randle 0:53.5169