National climax for season finale

The Shannons Nationals for 2018 will conclude at the end of this weekend as seven categories battle it out at the iconic Sydney Motorsport Park.

Headlining the categories will be the Porsche Michelin GT3 Cup Challenge, which has a season high 26 entries taking part in the season finale.

All eyes for the cup will be on the front two as the winner between Cooper Murray and Simon Fallon will determine the champion of 2018.

After leading the competition since Round 2, Murray will be nervous going into the round after a rare DNF in Queensland cost him serious points.

“I’m looking forward to Sydney where I’ll just try to get as many points as I can,” Murray said.

“I’d like to be a little bit further ahead in the standings at this point, but unfortunately a DNF at Queensland Raceway really cost us a lot of points.”

Also holding their final round of the 2018 season is Radical Australia Cup, as Kim Burke looks to win his first title within the RAC.

While Burke’s closest rival in Chris Perini is quite far away on the standings, he will still be nervous going into the final round with the arrival of 2017 champion Peter Paddon.

The RAC will also be going into Sydney with their biggest field since the opening round in February, with 14 Radicals expected to hit the track for the final time in 2018.

A host of the categories attending Sydney Motorsport Park will be entering their penultimate rounds for the year, the Jacuzzi Spas Australian Production Cars already enjoying four rounds with the Nationals.

Beric Lynton currently sits on top of the standings after taking out the opening two rounds, however with Grant Denyer and Tony D’Alberto taking out the previous three races, Lynton could lose his lead this week.

With 26 cars to take part in Sunday’s four hour endurance race, the results will go a long way in determining who will be the champion at the end of their final round at Phillip Island in November.

The Australian Prototype Series will join the Australian Production Car Series for that final round in Phillip Island, with Jason Makris looking to seal the series in Sydney.

Leading the Radical dominated 15-car field, Makris looks to have the competition sorted out but will be facing stiff competition from fellow Prototype pilots, Mark Laucke and John-Paul Drake.

The CAMS PAYCE Australian Formula 4 Championship enters its sixth round following an action packed double round at Winton earlier in the month.

Jayden Ojeda holds a slight lead over fellow AGI Sport driver Ryan Suhle in the standings, however with confidence from a previous round win, Suhle will be looking to sneak past his teammate.

“I’m really excited, I love the short gaps in between rounds. Sydney is the home track for AGI Sport, so I think it’s going to be fantastic,” Suhle said.

The championship has 10 drivers taking part in the event ahead of the final round in New Zealand next month.

The two remaining categories to take part in the Nationals will also join for the first time in 2018 in Aussie Racing Cars and the Veloce Racing Association.

Aussie Racing Cars will have a healthy 22-car field hit the New South Wales track for the first time this year, as three drivers do battle for top spot.

Kyle Ensbey, Joel Heinrich and Kel Treseder occupy the outright podium positions, however Blake Sciberras and Justin Ruggier are also a chance to break their way into the top three.

For the Veloce Racing Association, 17 cars will be hitting the track as outright leader Daniel Harris will be holding off challenges from Daniel Gatto who is within touching distance.

Both series also have one round remaining following the conclusion of the Shannons Nationals at Sydney Motorsport Park.

Incorporated within this weekend’s round, CAMS simulator partner Motum Simulation will host the Esports component live at the circuit.

Online qualifying will be concluded over the weekend, with the top 12 to advancing to the VSR Showdown on Sunday.

Motor sport enthusiasts looking at attending the Sydney Motorsport Park for the Nationals can purchase Saturday tickets for $15, Sunday tickets for $25 or a two day pass for $30.

Those who hold a CAMS licence can spectate free-of-charge all weekend.

The Shannons Nationals at Sydney Motorsport Park will take place on 22-23 September with free and live coverage of Sunday’s action available at motorsportaustraliachampionships.com.au.

 

The final round of the Shannons Nationals is proudly supported by the NSW Government.