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Race one was dominated by Sonic Racing’s Aaron Love who led the 11 lapper from start to finish. He had a handy 5.7s advantage over RAM Motorsport’s Dylan O’Keeffe. David Wall and Max Vidau had contact at Turn 2 with both off the road. That paved the way for Earl Bramber Motorsport’s Callum Hedge to third and he chased O’Keeffe to the flag.
David Russell followed them for fourth ahead of Christian Pancione and Luke Youlden. Harri Jones picked up two places to finish seventh ahead of Ryan Suhle, Jackson Walls and Dale Wood. Vidau recovered for 16th while Wall was two places further behind.
Liam Talbot took the Morris Pro Am class honours over Adrian Flack and Geoff Emery. Sam Shahin challenged Talbot for much of the race before a slip-up near the end relegated him behind Dean Cook and Matt Belford.
Chev Camaro driver Aldo De Paoli dominated the first and had a sizeable lead in the second until struck down with a fuel pressure issue which allow Craig Allan (Ford Mustang) to take victory.
While De Paoli dominated the first, fellow Camaro steerer Keith Kassulke fell to fifth early. He fought to third ahead of Adam Walton (Mustang) and Andrew Williams (Holden Torana XU-1) and looked to challenge Allan for second when the race finished behind the safety car. That was brought about when David Forbes’ Ford Falcon XK stopped on track.
There was a great dice between Allan and Kassulke for second in race two. That became the race for the win with Allan 0.46s ahead at the finish. Walton was next from Jason Humble (Mazda RX2) who was a DNF in race one with a broken gearbox. De Paoli limped across the line fifth ahead of Graeme Woolhouse (Mustang) and Nathan Gordon (Holden Monaro).
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In the two races Josh Anderson and Kody Garland each scored a first and a second in their Mustangs. Pole sitter Anderson had a fight on his hands in the opening laps of the first race before he took the lead and drove away. Joel Heinrich (Cruze) led initially and then a broken front control arm pick-up point put him out.
Garland crossed the finish line second ahead of Ryan Reynolds (Mustang), and Reece Chapman (Mustang) headed the battle for fourth. There Anthony Di Mauro (Camaro) emerged ahead of Cody Brewczynski (Mustang), Rylan Gray (Camaro) before a 10s penalty, Lachlan Ward (Camaro) and Courtney Prince (Mustang).
After a great start, Garland led the second race from start to finish. Chapman jumped to second ahead of Anderson before a safety car brought about by Brewczynski, Reynolds and Di Mauro in a tangle at Turn 6.
Garland gapped Chapman on the last lap and lost out to Anderson. Prince was third until passed by Heinrich, Ward and Gray, with Reynolds next after the first lap skirmish.
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Two races and two big victories for Jordan Caruso in John Gourley’s Audi/Chev over Steve Tamasi (Calibra/Chev) with Geoff Taunton (MARC II V8) third in each.
Caruso led all the way in the first with Tamasi second. Shane Woodman (BMW/Chev) was third for over half the race as Shane Bradford (Chev Camaro) held out Taunton for several laps. Once past, the latter was able to push forward to third.
Bradford had a moment at Turn 13, dropped to 11th before he recovered to seventh behind Tony Groves and Lachlan Gardner in MARC Mazda V8s, and Michael Robinson (Monaro/Chev).
In the next encounter, Tamasi won the start and held off Caruso until the fourth circuit. When in front, he drove away as Taunton again had a slow lift off and had to pass three cars to finish third. Woodman was next ahead of Bradford, Gardner and Ashley Jarvis in Colin Smith’s Monaro/Chev.
A brilliant start in race one put David Sieders (Mitsubishi Triton) straight into the lead and the win before Adam Marjoram (Triton) won the reverse top six second race. Aaron Borg (Holden Colorado) failed to start the opener due to a fuel pressure problem while Marjoram was second initially before he slipped off the track and dropped to fourth.
George Gutierrez (Colorado) went to second and held off Ben Walsh (Toyota Hilux) until in sight of the chequered flag where he too had a fuel problem and Walsh slipped past. Craig Woods (Hilux) came from the rear to finish fifth.
In the half-points second race Marjoram replaced initial leader Ryan Gilroy (Hilux) after two laps while Borg was on the charge from the back. He ultimately was a close second to Marjoram as Gilroy held out Woods for third. Sieders was next from Walsh and Gutierrez who recovered from a first lap spin.
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