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Champions Defend Great Southern Four Hour win
Posted by: newsla on May 25, 2014 - 01:39 PM
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Champions Defend Great Southern Four Hour win


GLENN SETON and Bob Pearson have successfully defended their 2013 Great Sothern Four Hour victory, taking a repeat win in style at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit in today’s Australian Manufacturers Championship enduro.

 

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The Pro Duct Racing Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X led for a bulk of the race and survived a late-race safety car to take their second Phillip Island victory ahead the Beric Lynton / Tim Leahey BMW 1M and the class B-winning Iain and Grant Sherrin BMW 135i.

Seton forfeited a one-minute lead when the race’s only Safety Car was called, 45 minutes from the end of the race, having just taken the wheel of the Pro Duct car following the final round of stops.

However, the former Australian Touring Car Champion was able to establish a margin once racing resumed with 36 minutes remaining, eventually holding out a fast-finishing Beric Lynton to take the outright and Class A victory by just 1.1 seconds.

Seton was held up by lapped traffic in the closing stages but never really looked like missing the victory in the closing stages. The ProDuct Mitsubishi completed 121 laps and a total of 539km en route to victory.

Lynton, sharing with co-driver Tim Leahey, passed Grant Sherrin following the late-race restart to secure the second-place outright finish, rebounding well from their dramas at the opening round that saw them classified only 11th outright.

The Sherrin brothers replicated their class B-winning efforts from twelve months ago, their main class rivals (from their teammates and the GWS Motorsport BMW 335i) striking mechanical dramas early on, leaving them to focus on the outright battle with the Mitsubishis and Lynton / Leahey BMW 1M.

Sandown 3-hour winners Rob and Shane Marshall finished third in Class A and fourth outright, while the Donut King (McLeod / Alford) and Kintyre Holdings (Crimp / Cherry) BMW 1Ms both struck dramas and were removed from the running early on in the race.

Click here for a full Great Southern 4-hour race report.

The Porsche Carrera Cup Australia Championship ProAm and Radical Australia Cup have provided plenty of thrills and spills during round three of the Shannons Australian Motor Racing Nationals at Phillip Island.

Three different winners from three races highlighted a competitive third round of the 2014 Radical Australia Cup, John Corbett and Tim Berryman adding their names to the list of winners on Sunday, following Peter White’s race one triumph.

Berryman held out a fast-finishing Neale Muston by just 0.5s at the end of race two, held in wet conditions following an immense downpour prior to the race that caused the start to be delayed nearly half-an-hour.
Michael Shaw finished third outright and won the SR3 class over John Morriss.

The final race of the round featured five different leaders across its 19-lap duration, John Corbett edging out Berryman in a thriller by just 0.2s at the line.

Corbett assumed the lead when early leader Muston stopped on lap eleven, Berryman scything his way through the field to grab second on the final lap and close on the leader in the run to the checkered flag, falling agonisingly short.

Greg Smith completed the podium ahead of SR3 class winner Peter Johnston.

Tim Berryman led White and Muston in the SR8 class round standings, Michael Shaw leading Kim Burke and John Morriss in the SR3 class.

Scott McLaughlin and Steven Grove sensationally won the Porsche Carrera Cup Pro-Am round, while Nick Percat held off McLaughlin to take victory in a thriller race on Sunday.

Percat and co-driver Shane Smollen started the second race from 13th position however a strong early stint from Smollen saw the car handed over to his V8 Supercar-regular co-driver in a strong position.

Percat quickly worked his way to the front of the field and established a margin, while McLaughlin set about carving his way through the field in the Grove Racing Porsche.

He found more than 10 seconds and moved from fifth to second within the final ten minutes of the shortened 50-minute race, getting to the rear bumper of his V8 Supercar rival on the final lap. The pair went side-by-side through MG on the last lap, though Percat was able to defend his position and scrape through for a narrow win.

Saturday winners Craig Baird and Max Twigg won the professional class at Phillip Island, while Grove and McLaughlin not only won the overall event, but the Elite class as well.

While today’s race featured several non-finishers, it was a cleaner affair than Saturday’s bruising one-hour race that saw several cars badly damaged in on-track incidents and a record-breaking 10 finishers out of the 20 starters.

Remarkably, all except two cars were able to take the start in Sunday’s final race.

The next round of the Shannons Australian Motor Racing Nationals will be held at Winton Motor Raceway on June 13-15.

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