The Bend AutoFest Wrap: Saturday

Australian Production Cars

The crews were up nice and early on Saturday morning to kick off the first race of the weekend, and it did not disappoint.

A wild start to the race saw the leading pack come together, prompting the safety car to make its first appearance of the day.

This forced a recovery drive from Wayne Russell, who had started in pole position but then found himself sitting in last.

Despite the wild start, a Go-Karts-Go driver swap saw Drew Russell fight through the field to win race one, and then cruised to victory in the second to make it back-to-back victories.

The third race of the weekend will begin on Sunday at 8:15am ACDT.

Radical Cup Australia

A brilliant lap from Elliot Schutte saw the Arise Racing driver take pole position for the first race later in the day.

Schutte finished just under three seconds ahead of Caleb Sumich, while Chris Perini fell to third after an impressive Friday.

The top three in qualifying stayed the same during the race as Schutte finished less than a second ahead of Sumich in an exciting encounter.

Perini finished 10 seconds back as Peter Carr and Stephen Champion rounded out the top five.

The series will take the track again on Sunday at 10:10am ACDT.

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Fanatec GT World Challenge Australia

Jefri Ibrahim and Broc Feeney dominated both sets of qualifying sessions in the morning while rival’s garth Tander and Yasser Shahin impressed to take second.

The first and only race of the day saw exciting battles take place throughout, with Liam Talbot taking the lead at the first corner at the expense of Shahin, who was tagged by Prince Jefri Ibrahim – who was later handed a 15 second time penalty.

The scenario set up a race long battle for the lead with Prince Abu Bakar Ibrahim, before 19-year-old Broc Feeney put on a masterclass to take the lead in the dying stages.

The cars will take the grid once again on Sunday at 11:45am ACDT.

Porsche Michelin Sprint Challenge Series

In what has been an incredible series fight to date, Ryan Wood and Thomas Sargent impressed with a breathtaking display of side-by-side action throughout the first race, which ultimately saw Wood take a big leap towards his category-winning ambitions.

The Queenslander finished eight tenths ahead of his rival, upping the pressure ahead of the second encounter of the day.

Unfortunately, Wood suffered from a fuel pressure issue that ended his race early, leaving Sargent with a convincing victory over second place runner Aron Shields.

The battle continues at 11:10am ACDT on Sunday.

Australian Prototype Series

A shortened opening race of the weekend saw John-Paul Drake claim victory, finishing over a second ahead of newcomer Chien-Wen Liew.

Drake started in pole position after a convincing qualifying session earlier in the day and had a dream start to hold the lead throughout the three-lap race.

Multiple false starts saw many cars have issues and fail to start the race but close battles at the front gave fans something to look forward to come Sunday.

The APS will kick off Sundays action with an 7:45am ACDT start for their second race of the weekend.