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Race 3 

James Moffat completed Sandown clean sweep of National Trans Am Series races after another dominant victory on Sunday afternoon.  

The series leader lost out to Elliot Barbour at the start line but a chaotic turn one saw the former retake the lead, not being headed for the remainder of the race.  

Almost 10 seconds back in second was teammate Lochie Dalton, who did his best to stay in touch with his teammate but had to settle for second, while Cody Gillis put in an impressive stint to finish third.  

Race 1  

James Moffat converted pole position into a Race 1 win in the National Trans Am Series after a great dual with Ben Grice and Tom Hayman.  

Grice pipped the polesitter Moffat off the line, holding the lead for a number of laps before dropping down the order in dramatic fashion.  

A late safety car intervention saw Moffat lead Hayman on a final lap sprint, taking the line ahead of the 19-year-old while the returning Nash Morris rounded out the podium places after a last-gasp move on Elliot Barbour.  


Series leader, James Moffat made it a perfect day out by taking pole position in National Trans Am Series qualifying ahead of Ben Grice.

Moffat led the session from start to finish, aided by a red flag late in the session after Cody Gillis required attention on track.

Grice would move into second place after cars were back allowed out on track in the dying stages, finishing half a second back from Moffat while edging out third place Elliot Barbour by less than two tenths of a second.

Practice 2 

James Moffat made it two from two in the second National Trans Am Series practice session of the weekend, this time finishing half a second ahead of Edan Thornburrow.  

It was an impressive session for Thornburrow, who improved from fifth in the earlier session to sit a further four-tenths clear of Elliot Barbour – who made it back-to-back top three finishes in practice.  

It was a session to forget for Elliot Cleary, with The Racing Academy youngster being towed back to the pits after an incident early on in the session.  

Practice 1  

James Moffat made an early impression in the first National Trans Am Series practice of the weekend, going just under half a second quicker than the in-form Elliot Barbour.  

Rounding out the top three less than one tenth of a second back was Brett Holdsworth, while Nash Morris showed no signs of slowing in his return to the series, finishing fourth.  

Race 3 

Trent Grubel finally pinched a win back from Ryan How in the third and final Australian Formula Open race.  

Grubel showed great pace early and overtook How with nine laps to go and held on in a shortened race, while Miles Bromley finished third out of the AF01. 

Kristian Janev took out the race three win, this time ahead of Brodie Norris in the AF04.  

Race 2 

Ryan How continued to make the Sandown weekend his own after taking a second straight Australian Formula Open victory ahead of Trent Grubel.  

The former was quick off the line and took advantage of a slow start from his title rival, before the two tightened up towards the end of the race.  

Grubel would cross the line ahead of How, but a five second penalty demoted him back.  

The same thing happened with Kristian Janev in the AF04 class, finishing ahead of teammate Brodie Norris but being demoted back into second.  

Race 1  

Ryan How converted pole position into a crucial race win the Australian Formula Open’s first race of the weekend, finishing three tenths of a second ahead of title rival Trent Grubel in a disrupted race.  

A safety car was called out after Peter Bouzinelos went off track, bunching up the pack and allowing Brodie Norris to become the F4 leader despite a slow start of the line.  

In the end, Norris would claim top honours in the class while Thomas Galagher finished second behind him.  


Ryan How will have the ultimate advantage come Race 1 of Australian Formula Open after claiming pole position ahead of Trent Grubel.  

How was two-tenths of a second quicker than his title rival, while Miles Bromley was a further six-tenths of a second back in third.  

Brodie Norris was the best of the F4s and will line up alongside teammate Peter Bouzinelos on the fourth row, with Kristian Janev next best behind.  

Practice 3 

Ryan How has topped off an impressive Friday by going fastest in Australian Formula Open Practice 3, again finishing in front of Trent Grubel.  

The session was momentarily red flagged after a spin early in the session, but once the action got back underway it was Kristian Janev who did the work – leading the F4 class.  

Practice 2 

Peter Bouzinelos led the way in Australian Formula Open Practice 2, with the Victorian pipping AF04 contenders Kristian Janev and Brodie Norris in the dying stages of the session.  

It was an impressive session for Miles Bromley in the F3, going fastest in a session that saw contender Ryan How second and Beau Russell in third.  

Practice 1  

Ryan How striked first in Australian Formula Open Practice 1, finishing 1.6 seconds ahead of series leader Trent Grubel.  

Brodie Norris was the best of the F4 class ahead of teammate Kristian Janev in convincing fashion, with all drivers taking caution due to challenging wet conditions out on track.  

Race 2 

Series leader, Bailey Sweeny has charged his way through the field in the Supercheap Auto TCR Australia Series reverse grid race, finishing ahead of Aaron Cameron and Lachlan Mineeff.  

Sweeny pressured early leader, Tom Oliphant off the line and soon found himself in the lead, able to build a sustainable gap for the foreseeable future of the race.  

It was a session to forget for 2019 champion, Will Brown who had to retire the car after an oil and engine issue.  

Race 1 

Tony D’Alberto claimed victory in a thrilling opening encounter for Supercheap Auto TCR Australia, outlasting Aaron Cameron and Will Brown.  

The reigning champion took the lead off the line after a slow start from polesitter Bailey Sweeny to then hold on in a veteran-like performance to take his first win of 2023.  

Cameron was under immense pressure from 2019 champion, Brown on the final lap but was able to hold on to take second place, while Sweeny dropped to fifth – three places ahead of teammate and title rival, Josh Buchan.


Bailey Sweeny made an emphatic statement by taking his first career pole position in Supercheap Auto TCR Australia qualifying.  

Sweeny finished ahead of Lachlan Mineeff in second, who also endured a personal best result in a thrilling session.  

Rounding out the top three was Zac Soutar while Tony D’Alberto ensured he would start on the second row for Race 1 by going fourth fastest. Series leader, Josh Buchan was sixth.  

Practice 2  

Working their way to the top of the timesheets in Practice 2 was Zac Soutar, finishing a mere tenth of a second ahead of Tony D’Alberto – who has now made it two top three finishes in Friday practice.  

Ben Bargwanna rounded out the top three places in a session that saw the top nine drivers separated by less than one second.  

Will Brown was unable to get a full run in before qualifying, only completing six laps across the session while title contender Bailey Sweeny only completed eight. 

Practice 1

Will Brown continued where he left off at Queensland Raceway by going fastest in Practice 1 for Supercheap Auto TCR AUstralia.  

The top three were separated by less than two-tenths of a second, with Jordan Cox edging out reigning champion, Tony D’Alberto.  

The session was over before it even started for Kody Garland, who stopped at the end of the pit lane with a driveshaft issue.  

Race 3 

Jude Bargwanna closed out the weekend for Kumho V8 Touring Car Series in style, taking his second victory of the weekend in a dominant display of racing.  

Starting from the rear of the grid, Bargwanna charged his way through the pack to eventually find himself in the lead at the midway point of the race, while a Jim Pollicina spin and a Ray Hislop black flag gave him some extra breathing room.  

Coming home in second place was an impressive Antonio Mulluso with Pollicina recovering to take the final spot on the podium. 

Race 2  

Jude Bargwanna charged his way from the rear of the grid to take victory in the second Kumho V8 Touring Car Series race of the weekend. 

The series leader worked his way through the field in the opening laps to sit on the rear of race leader, Jamie Tilley with only a handful of laps to go before the latter found himself in the wall due to a mechanical failure.  

The race finished under safety car conditions with Jim Pollicina promoted into second while Ray Hislop rounded out the podium places.  

Race 1 

Jamie Tilley claimed another Kumho V8 Touring Car Series victory after a chaotic opening race of the weekend at Sandown.  

Polesitter, Jude Bargwanna was forced to work his way to the front of the field after a troubled start before spinning and hitting a wall later on.  

Tilley took advantage of the incident to take the lead of the race and ultimately claim victory, finishing ahead of Ray Hislop and Jim Pollicina.  


Jude Bargwanna made it four from four pole positions in the Kumho V8 Touring Car Series in 2023 after yet another stunning performance in qualifying.  

The New South Welshman put in hi fastest lap midway through the session before a red-flag intervention, with cars to return to the track for a final run before the chequered flag late on.  

Queensland Raceway round winner, Ray Hislop would end up three-tenths of a second back while the fast-starting Jim Pollicina will be on their tail on the second row for Race 1 alongside Tony Auddino. 

Practice 1 

Jamie Tilley went fastest in the one and only Practice session of the weekend for the Kumho V8 Touring Car Series, after the first session was cancelled due to track conditions.  

Tilley was sitting behind series leader, Jude Bargwanna for the majority of the session before posting his quickest lap on the final time around, while Antonio Mulluso also nipped the latter in similar fashion.  

Bargwanna would end up in third, with Tony Auddino running in fourth ahead of Jim Pollicina.  

Race 4 

Shane Smollen prevails in the fourth and final race of the weekend for the combined APC and GT4 category.  

Smollen led from start to finish, ahead of Steve Jukes and Mark Griffith in a chaotic outing which saw multiple safety car interventions.  

Also clean sweeping their respective class was Grant Sherrin, who claimed win number four for the weekend ahead of brother Iain Sherrin, while Cameron Crick rounded out the podium places.  

Race 3 

A perfect three for Shane Smollen (GT4) and Grant Sherrin (APC) after the duo once again claimed top honours in their respective classes at Sandown. 

Smollen, who now has a healthy gap at the top of the GT4 standings, was never headed in the third race of the weekend, beating second place runner Steve Jukes by 16 seconds.  

Meanwhile, Sherrin was again the only APC representation in the outright top five, pipping yet another podium finish while taking the category honours ahead of Iain Sherrin and Coleby Cowham.  

Race 2 

Shane Smollen (GT4) and Grant Sherrin (APC) made it two from two for the day after another incredible performance in the combined categories second race. 

Smollen finished almost five seconds clear of his closest competitor in Steven Jukes, while mark Griffith was impressive in third.  

It was another outright top five for Sherrin, who crossed the line in fourth place ahead of his closest class competitor in Lindsay Kearns.  

Race 1 

Shane Smollen took a stunning victory in the first combined APC and GT4 class race after a final lap overtake on the long-time race leader, Karl Begg.  

Begg took the lead of the race in the early stages and was able to hold off the valiant Smollen for the entirety of the 30-minutes up until the final time around, having to settle for second.  

Finishing in third place outright and taking APC honours was Grant Sherrin, who found himself battling with the GT4’s in the later stages of the race before securing the final podium position late on.  

Coleby Cowham would finish in second place for APC while Cameron Crick rounded out the top three.  


Shane Smollen (GT4) and Grant Sherrin (APC) have been awarded pole position in their respective classes after an intriguing qualifying session.  

The GT4 series leader finished two-tenths of a second ahead of rival Karl Begg, with the top-two in a class of their own as third place Mark Griffith finished almost one whole second back.  

Meanwhile, Sherrin went half a second faster than Coleby Cowham in second for the APC class but will have Cameron Crick and Iain Sherrin on his tail at the start of Race 1.  

Mobil 1 Australian Production Cars and Monochrome GT4 Australia Practice 1

Shane Smollen continued his run of good form by going fastest in the GT4 class ahead of Karl Begg in challenging conditions.  

Meanwhile, APC saw Hadrian Morrall stake his claim as the early driver to beat, topping Jake Camilleri by more than one and a half seconds.  

The session saw challenging conditions throughout, with red flags being waived and drivers going off track on multiple occasions.  

Race 3 

Daniel Jilesen has put a MARC GT on the top step of the podium for the first time this weekend after an impressive drive in the third and final MARC Cars Australia race. 

Jileson was one of the last drivers to pit but ultimately held the lead on return to the track, cruising his way to the chequered flag ahead of Cameron McLeod – also posting the fastest lap of the weekend in the process. 

Running in third was Darren Currie, who finished ahead of the weekend’s other race winner, Jake Camilleri.  

Race 2 

Its back-to-back race wins for Cameron McLeod after another dominant performance in the MARC Cars Australia category.  

Mcleod and Jacob Camilleri were once again fighting for the race lead off the line but a spin for the latter soon ruled him out of contention, dropping down the field as a result.  

Darren Currie would work his way up into second place to make it back-to-back podium finishes with Geoff Taunton coming home in third in his MARC GT.  

Race 1 

Cameron McLeod took the first race of the weekend for MARC Cars Australia, leading from start to finish to win the 40-minute race in comfortable fashion.  

McLeod was put under pressure from polesitter Jacob Camilleri in the opening stages of the race but was able to pull away and hold the lead in a world of his own.  

Camilleri would come home in second, with Darren Currie rounding out the top three.


Jacob Camilleri has taken an emphatic pole position in an interrupted MARC Cars Australia qualifying session, finishing just over a tenth of a second ahead of Cameron McLeod.  

The session ended early after a red flag was waived late, but two laps was all Camilleri needed to take the position.  

Starting in third for Race 1 will be Geoff Taunton, but despite his early pace in qualifying he will have to get the jump on John Goodacre in the other MARC GT beside him.  

Practice 2 

After topping opening practice, Geoff Taunton has repeated his efforts by going fastest again in the second practice session of the day for MARC Cars Australia.  

The only driver to come close to Taunton was Cameron McLeod, who was six-tenths of a second back of the MARC GT 001 on a dryer track to the morning session.  

Coming in third was the other GT of John Goodacre, who made his first appearance of the weekend after sitting out of Practice 1.  

Practice 1  

Geoff Taunton led the way in MARC Cars Australia’s first practice session at Sandown, finishing ahead of Jacob Camilleri in a disrupted session.  

Camilleri was the best MARC I runner of the session, heading Andrew Leithhead in third while Darren Currie was the next best in his MARC II Mustang.