Shannons Nationals Sandown review – Saturday

After a memorable day of action at Sandown Raceway, stay updated with all the results and news from each category.


History was made at Sandown Raceway with the first ever S5000 Series qualifying race and in front of a big crowd, Tim Macrow came away with the memorable win.

With 13 cars on the grid, there was much to like about Australia’s newest open-wheel category and despite five cars breaking the all-time Sandown lap record, it was Macrow who entered the history books.

Starting in second place behind pole sitter John Martin, it didn’t take long for Macrow to make his move and once he did, he never let P1 go again – Martin having to settle for second ahead of Virgin Australia Supercars Championship driver James Golding.

It was a race to forget for Rubens Barrichello with the former Formula 1 star knocked on the first turn and dropping down the order – unable to fight back to the front.

The S5000 is back on Sunday with the second qualifying race at 10.05am and the main feature race at 2:15pm.

carsales TCR Australia Series

There was no stopping Nestor Girolami as the Argentine TCR superstar claimed both pole and race one top honours.

After a sketchy start in qualifying where he slid off the track, it was smooth sailing for Girolami and the Wall Racing international entry never looked like losing top spot, setting the pace in the race.

Finishing behind Girolami was series leader Will Brown who edged closer to the inaugural title as his closet rival Dylan O’Keefe finished in eighth.

Rounding out the podium for race one was Jordan Cox, with the Alfa Romeo pilot winning a three way battle against Garth Tander and John Martin with all three drivers trading positions throughout the race.

The carsales TCR Australia Series returns to the track on Sunday with race two at 12:15pm and race three at 1:20pm AEST.

Porsche Michelin GT3 Cup

Aaron Love has done his title chances no harm today with two wins from two thrilling races for the one-make Porsche series, while series leader Harri Jones performed consistently.

Despite starting the day in pole, Jones wasn’t able to win a race but finished both races in the top three allowing him to keep his series lead.

A second place finish for Ryan Suhle in the second race was reward for his good effort after he finished fourth in the first race, while Sam Shahin and Brett Boulton had one win each in the Pro-AM class.

The Porsche Michelin GT3 Cup Challenge returns for the last time on the weekend on Sunday morning at 9:10am.

CAMS Australian Endurance Championship

The first of three one-hour CAMS Australian Endurance Championship legs has been run with Peter Hackett heading into the tomorrow’s second leg as leader.

The 2017 champion got past Fraser Ross early to lead for the majority of the session. Despite losing the lead, Ross currently sits comfortably in second with third placed Liam Talbot more than a lap behind him. Current championship leader Geoff Emery sits in sixth behind Dale Patterson and Brendon Woods.

The race resumes on Sunday morning under safety car at 10.35am, while the third and final leg wraps up the weekend at 4:50pm to determine the race winner.

Kuhmo Tyres Super3 Series

There were two races today and two different race winners with redemption for Josh Fife.

After Fife lost pole position yesterday due to crashing his car moments after posting the time, he was a man on a mission today, finishing second behind Hamish Ribarits in the first race followed by a maiden series race win.

Broc Feeney remains on track to claim the series title after finishing the day with third and second respectively, while his closest title rival Jayden Ojeda had less of an impact.

With only 30 points between Ojeda and Feeney and a maximum of 60 points on offer for the season’s final race tomorrow, the current series leader needs to finish fifth or higher and the trophy is his.

Australian Production Cars

Rick Bates ended day two of the Shannons Nationals the same way he ended the first, with a victory in the day’s final race.

It was a day of mixed emotions for Bates who earlier in the day had failed to finish the category’s second race for the weekend, which was won by Iain Sherrin.

The category resumes on Sunday with its fourth race at 3:40pm AEST.