Round 6 of the Shannons Nationals at Phillip Island promised to be one of the largest meets of the year with a massive number of entries across seven different categories set to show their pace around the iconic circuit.
From Superkarts to V8 Touring cars and Formula 3 open wheelers there was no shortage of horsepower ready to pounce.
Victoria turned on its best weather over the three day event, and our acclaimed photojournalist George Hitchens was on hand to recap the results across the weekend and showcase his fantastic skills behind the lens. You can check out George’s complete gallery by clicking here.
Formula 3 Australian Drivers’ Championship
One of the headline acts for the weekend was the Australian F3 Championship as series leader Jon Collins was looking to further his lead over Ricky Capo.
The entry of two time F3 Champion Tim Macrow in the Alpine Motorsport team car threw a cat among the pigeons for the Phillip Island round.
Macrow showed first hand why he is now the most winning driver in the category as he took out all three races with a stunning return to the category for a one-off race weekend.
Jon Collins looked to potentially upset the two time champion by jumping him off the start on more than one occasion but fell short by a narrow margin in all three races and never gave up the fight to keep Macrow on his guard (pictured above).
Ricky Capo rounded out the top three for the weekend in what seemed to be a little off the pace compared to his usual neck and neck battles with Collins. With one round remaining in the championship Collins extended his lead to 19 points and will no doubt be on the charge to claim the title at Wakefield Park.
Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge
Ryan Simpson drove a flawless weekend to take victory in all three races and seal the 2015 GT3 Cup Challenge Australia; he also set the fastest lap in each race and apart from a short-lived battle with Dylan O’Keefe (pictured above) in race three displayed some very impressive driving in only his first season in the category.
Dylan O’Keefe lifted his overall position in the standings from fourth to second thanks to some consistent driving and second place in all three races over the weekend.
Australian Super Kart Championship
Victoria’s Gary Pegoraro was all set to retain his 2014 championship but was beaten to the punch by Russell Jamieson who managed to finish second in the last of four races over the weekend that saw him snatch the title away.
Gary Pegoraro won three of the four races in a very close battle to the flag.
Anton Stevens ended up third in the Championship after a consistent weekend of racing to round out the weekend and season.
The weekend was not without incident, unfortunately, as Adam Stewart and Chris Nolan came together at the end of the home straight in a frightening collision that saw Chris Nolan transported to hospital for scans on a suspected broken leg.
Kumho Tyres Australian V8 Touring Series
A clean sweep of three wins for Queenslander Liam McAdam (pictured above) in his VZ Holden Commodore which now sees him 52 points clear at the top of the standings.
Tony Evangelou was second overall thanks to some consistent finishes in second and third place. A surprising off and subsequent last place for Alex Rullo in race two didn’t help his cause in chasing McAdam but a strong second place in the final race snagged him third overall.
Radical Australia Cup
The Radical Cup round this weekend comprised of two short stint races on Saturday followed by a 40-minute enduro on Sunday.
Robert Baird and Tim Macrow (pictured above) teamed up to take out the Enduro, only after a post-race penalty for initial winner Neale Muston was applied and therefore knocked him back to second. Baird and Macrow took out the overall weekend honours in the SR8 Class, with Peter Paddon claiming overall victory in the SR3 Class.
‘Dial before you Dig’ Australian Super Six TC Series
The biggest field of the year for this category meant there was no shortage of entertainment for the spectators and drivers alike!
Ben Grice took out all three races ahead of Gavin Ross; these guys were neck and neck at almost every turn. Travis Londorff and Wayne King rounded out the top four in typical fashion: by trading paint (pictured above)!
Australian Sports Racer Series
A mixed bag of results in this category kept it interesting all weekend. Mark Laucke ended up first overall but not without a fight to overcome a drive through penalty served in Race 1.
Terry Peovitis and Sue Hughes (pictured above) took honours for the remaining podium steps after some consistent results throughout the weekend. It was great to see Hughes back on the podium after a setback in May due to a heavy accident earlier this year.
IROC Challenge Series
The classic Porsche series was host to a fantastic front row duel between Sven Burchartz and Greg Keane in their stunning 911 machinery. Sven won two out of the three races with Greg taking out the third in a thrilling finish to the afternoon. The 944 Class was won by Adam Mills.
Keeping it in the Family
This weeked was also a special occasion as Radical racer Sue Hughes and son Jon Collins were racing in the same weekend at the same venue! It was my pleasure to take a motorsport family portrtrait of sorts in pit lane on Sunday morning, a special moment.
Images via George Hitchens Photography