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Live Wall: Bathurst International

Race 2

The combined category put on a show in the second race of the weekend, with Norbert Michelisz claiming the top step of the podium ahead of Australian, Aaron Cameron.  

The reverse grid format saw Cameron take the lead off the line, holding off a rapid Michelisz before the latter eventually was able to make his way past and cruise to a three second victory.  

Thed Björk rounded out the top three in a drama filled race, with both title races seeing major shakeups and seeing new series leaders as a result.  

Race 1

A fast start from Santiago Urrutia saw the Uruguayan lead one race one from start to finish, crossing the line in first place ahead of Nestor Girolami and Tony D’Alberto.

Starting on pole, D’Alberto was slow off the line and was forced to play catchup – but was unable to make a move on Girolami despite multiple close moments between the two Honda entries.

Yann Ehrlacher was next up behind the reigning TCR Australia champ, while Josh Buchan and Aaron Cameron were the next best Aussies in eighth and ninth respectively.

Qualifying

Tony D’Alberto has stunned the Kumho TCR World Tour field by taking pole position for race one following an exciting qualifying session.

The reigning champ led three Cyan Racing Lynk & Co entries in Yann Ehrlacher, Santiago Urrutia and Thed Bjork by four-tenths of a second.

There were seven World tour drivers occupying the top 10 in the second part of qualifying, while Josh Buchan was second best for the Australian contingent in eighth.

Practice 2

The international field flipped the switch in the second practice, ocupying seven of the top 10 drivers for the session led by Yann Ehrlacher.

Tony D’Alberto was again fastest of the local runners, finishing the session in second place less than two-tenths a second behind.

Nestor Girolami was again second-best for the visitors, but would this time round out the top three outright places ahead of practice one leader, Santiago Urrutia.

Practice 1

The internationals got their first taste of the world-famous Mount Panorama Circuit on Friday morning, but it was local Tony D’Alberto who stole the show.

The reigning series winner was the fastest of all 24 drivers, finishing ahead of leading World Tour competitor, Santiago Urrutia in second.

The returning Michael Clemente would round out the top three outright, while Nestor Girolami was the next best of the internationals back in seventh.

Race 2

Race two of the National Trans Am Series has been declared as a non-event after a lap two incident involving Josh Thomas required a lengthy recovery.

Josh Thomas found himself in the wall at the top of the mountain, with the safety car immediately being called.

While they were able to safely recover the damaged TFH Hire Services Ford Mustang, it was clear further cleanup was required – resulting in a red flag.

Race 1

James Moffat successfully converted pole position into a race one win in a safety car interrupted race.

The series leader finished ahead of the impressive Edan Thornburrow, with the duo sticking together before chaos began to erupt behind, with multiple cars involved in an incident at the bottom of the mountain.

In the End, Lochie Dalton would cross the line in third in safety car conditions ahead of Cody Gillis and Tom Hayman.

Qualifying 

James Moffat made it back-to-back pole positions in the Trans Am double header in a thrilling qualifying session, finishing seven-hundredths of a second ahead of Edan Thornburrow.  

The session was a nailbiter throughout, with the fastest lap changing hands on multiple occassions before Moffat broke the two-minute 10 barrier, claiming pole position.  

His teammate, Lochie Dalton would have to settle for third. However, he was only less than two-tenths of a second back.  

Practice 2

James Moffat made it two from two for the day after yet again topping a practice session, this time by only five-hundredths of a second ahead of Edan Thornburrow.

While the top two remained the same as the previous session, this time it was Ben Grice who claimed third ahead of Lochie Dalton.

Practice 1

James Moffat has continued his impressive form in the competitive category by going fastest in opening practice.

The series leader left it until late to pip the early leader, Edan Thornburrow by seven-tenths of a second, with Moffat’s teammate and title contender, Lochie Dalton only a couple hundredths of a second back.

There were a couple of other drivers also in the mix, including Tom Hayman and Ben Grice – who were both only a couple of tenths back from the leaders.

Race 3

Nash Morris has swept the weekend races after yet another win in the one-make Porsche category, again in an incident-interrupted race.

Morris again finished ahead of Hamish Fitzsimmons in second, while Aron Shields rounded out the podium places.

The race was again cut a few laps short after Slade Orsmond brought out the safety car after a heavy incident with the wall.

Race 2

Nash Morris made it back-to-back wins in an action-packed race two, this time finishing ahead of Hamish Fitzsimmons and Oscar Targett.

The race got off to a fast start before a safety car was called out mid race due to a number of incidents out on track, including series champion-elect, Marco Giltrap getting a suspected puncture.

Aron Shields was next across the line, with Marcos Flack rounding out the top five as the race was unable to restart.

Race 1

Nash Morris successfully converted his pole position into the first race win of the weekend, crossing the line ahead of Marcos flack in a highly disrupted race.

A quick start saw Morris lead off the line, starting to create a gap before the first of two safety car interferences.

However, Morris would ace every restart and not give up his lead after a final one lap dash that saw the top three consist of himself, Flack and newly crowned series winner (elect) Marco Giltrap.

Qualifying

An almighty battle for pole position went the way of Nash Morris after besting Marcos Flack by just five-hundredths of a second.

The session was close from start to finish, with third place Oscar Targett also only half a second back from the polesitter in his own right.

Starting alongside Targett on the second row of the grid for Friday afternoon’s race will be Hamish Fitzsimmons.

Practice 1 

Nash Morris continued to impress in the one-make Porsche category, topping the opening practice session ahead of series leader, Marco Giltrap.  

The session lead changed hands on multiple occasions, but in the end, it was Morris who was fastest by seven tenths of a second ahead of the Kiwi, with the in-form Oscar Targett and Marcos Flack also within one second.  

Race 3

Ryan Hansford has prevented a Marcus Zukanovic clean sweep with a victory in the third and final race of the weekend.

Zukanovic held the lead off the line and was able to fend off the early pressure from Hansford, before the latter made the move a little later on to win by just under one second.

Rounding out the top three was John Bowe, who farewelled the mountain in TCM in fashion with a race, and round podium.

Race 2

Marcus Zukanovic backed up his Saturday efforts by taking yet another victory in race two, with plenty of action happening throughout the field.

Zukanovic would lead in a light-to-flag performance, but it was the race for the remaining podium positions that stole the headlines, with Ryan Hansford charging to second place while John Bowe pulled off a fantastic move on the final corner to pip Cameron Tilley.

Race 1

It was a perfect outing for Marcus Zukanovic after converting pole position into a victory in the first official point scoring race of the weekend.

The polesitter won comfortably ahead of Trophy Race winner, John Bowe in his final TCM round, while Cameron Tilley rounded out the top three.

The race wasn’t drama free, with Andrew Fisher pulling over mid-race after an enjoyable race to that point while Brad Tilley had a scary moment on the penultimate lap.

Trophy Race

John Bowe picked up a famous victory in his last Trophy race as part of the Touring car Masters category, finishing ahead of Andrew Fisher.

The gap at the front was three-tenths of a second, with Fisher also picking up the fastest lap to stay clear of third place, Brad Tilley.

Craig Buchanan was the leading NZ competitor, finishing 10th outright.

Practice

The one and only practice session of the weekend for the muscle-car category belonged to Marcus Zukanovic, topping the timesheets a mere three tenths of a second ahead of Cameron Tilley.

Rounding out the top three places in the disrupted session was Ryan Hansford, with fourth place Andrew Fisher rounding out the drivers to finish within one second of the fastest lap.

Lance Hughes was the best of the New Zealand competitors, who had a great opportunity to familiarise themselves with the circuit ahead of qualifying.

Race 3

An exciting race from start to finish saw Cameron McLeod complete a clean sweep of race wins at Mount Panorama, despite a five-second penalty at the start of the race.

McLeod both stalled on the line and got a penalty for a jump start but would then not only chase down the leading Jude Bargwanna, but also extend his lead to more than five seconds to secure the win.

Rounding out the top three was Ryan Simpson, who got the position after making a move on fourth-place Ray Hislop.

Race 2

Cameron McLeod continued to enjoy his category debut, taking the second win of the weekend ahead of Jude Bargwanna.

McLeod got the jump at the start of the race and was aided by a long safety car period which led to a one lap dash, where he was able to hold on.

The second-place finish ensured Bargwanna would become the champion-elect, holding off a late charge from third place Ryan Simpson.

Race 1

It was yet another dominant display from Cameron McLeod in the Kumho Series, this time taking a nine second victory in race one around the mountain.

The series newcomer led in a lights-to-flag performance, crossing the line ahead of series leader, Jude Bargwanna – who was under pressure throughout from another newcomer in Ryan Simpson.

In the end, Simpson would have to settle for third place ahead of Ray Hislop – who was a further 11 seconds back from the podium runners.

Qualifying

Cameron McLeod continued his dominance at the mountain by claiming pole position ahead of series leader, Jude Bargwanna in convincing fashion.

Bargwanna was unable to go faster than Ryan Simpson in both practices on Friday, but this time was able to get his nose in front of the newcomer to start on the front row.

Simpson will head the second row of the grid for race one alongside Ray Hislop, who finished three-tenths of a second ahead of Brendan Strong.

Practice 2

It was a dominant performance from McLeod in practice two, who was in a league of his own with a two and a half second gap over second place Ryan Simpson.

The two newcomers continued to impress after practice earlier on in the day and finished ahead of series leader, Jude Bargwanna and Brendan Strong.

Ray Hislop and Jamie Tilley secured fifth and sixth respectively.

Practice 1

Two new additions to the V8TC field led the way in the category’s first practice session, with Ryan Simpson posting the session-best time ahead of up-and-coming Cameron McLeod.

Rounding out the top three runners was title contender, Jamie Tilley less than two-tenths of a second back from McLeod, while series leader Jude Bargwanna was also in the mix.

In the Kumho Cup, it was Ray Hislop who set the benchmark time ahead of Brendan Strong.

Race 4

Another race win for Tim Leahey secured the weekend clean sweep, this time having to work his way back through the leading pack after a poor start.

Series leader, Shane Smollen would take the lead but then drop back to finish in fourth, with Karl Begg and Adam Garwood making their way through to make up the remaining podium places.

Iain Sherrin returned to the top step of the podium in APC, with Simon Hodges following in second ahead of Grant Sherrin.

Race 3

Tim Leahey kicked off Sunday’s action with a victory in a safety car affected race, crossing the line ahead of series leader Shane Smollen.

Karl Begg held the race lead in the early stages, but ultimately fell down the order and had to settle for third place.

Iain Salteri was the winner of the APC class, picking up his first victory of the weekend ahead of Iain and Grant Sherrin.

Race 2

Tim Leahey crossed the line first under safety car conditions after contact between the race leader and Dean Campbell called out the safety car.

Karl Begg and Chris Pappas rounded out the top three in the shortened race, with series leader Shane Smollen having to settle for fifth behind Mark Griffith.

Iain Sherrin was the first across the line for the APC class, once again. finishing ahead of Grant Sherrin.

Race 1

Tim Leahey claimed the opening race win of the weekend in his first race as part of the Invited class, topping Karl Begg and Series leader, Shane Smollen.

The top three were in a class of their own, creating a gap to fourth place Chris Pappas, while mark Griffith rounded out the top five outright.

In APC, Iain Sherrin was able to best Grant Sherrin for the race win, with two-seconds the gap while Simon Hodges and Lindsay Cowham followed.

Qualifying

The tables turned in qualifying with Tim Leahey making a statement with a pole position ahead of Shane Smollen in his first round as part of the invited class.

The gap between the two frontrunners was seven-tenths of a second, with Karl Begg only a couple of tenths back and will start on the second row of the grid for race one alongside Steve Jukes.

In APC, Grant and Iain Sherrin will lead the way from the fifth row with Class X rival, Beric Lynton only a further two places back.

Practice 1 

Shane Smollen was untouched during the opening session of the weekend for the combined category, having his fastest time of 2:19.16 more than one second faster than newcomer, Adam Garwood. 

Tim Leahey rounded out the top three outright and for the Invited class, with the session coming to an early halt after a red flag intervention late on.

Grant Sherrin led the way in APC outright ahead of Iain Sherrin, while Simon Hodges was next best ahead of Beric Lynton. 

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