IN A thrilling opening encounter for the Aussie Racing Car Championship Series sixth round at Phillip Island, Adrian Flack has won ahead of a very tight finish between Adam Uebergang and Trent Young.
The three were in the lead battle throughout the eight-lap event, swapping positions on numerous occasions, before Flack (A GAS National) gained the upper hand on the sixth lap and gained a vital break to win by 1.8 seconds.
As he had done on Young (HBR Nissan Altima) headed the Uebergang’s Euro GT onto the main straight only to have Uebergang run Young down and pip him for second. Unfortunately Young was penalised five seconds for a start infringement and was relegated to ninth.
Just in behind the front running trio there were six battling for position where ultimately Brendon Pingel (Spirit of Lockyer Holden Cruze) worked his way through to fourth, having started ninth.
He finished just in front of Jon McCorkindale who was having his second meeting in Scotty Taylor’s Ford Mustang, defending title holder Darren Chamberlin (Darrell Lea Stix Chev Camaro), Blake Scibberas (Western Sydney Motorsport Toyota Aurion) and the Hertz Altima of Chris Stevenson.
Adrift of that leading pack was a three-way stoush which raged all race long and eventually Mark Griffith (Iveco Euro GT) came out on top, just in front of Kent Quinn (VIP Petfoods) and Craig Woods (WSM Ford Mustang).
Brendon Tucker (Variety Group Euro GT) came home in a solid 13th after not posting a qualifying time and starting rear of grid while Shane Burns (Bobs 4WD Centre Holden Commodore) recovered for 19th after a first lap spin at turn four. Only Michael Rinkin failed to go the distance, his Mosen Motors Altima pulled up on the side of the road past the finish line on lap four.