IT WAS a lights-to-flag victory for James Abela in the first of four races for round four honours at Sydney Motorsport Park.
The young pilot of the Horsley Park Gun Shop Toyota Aurion never appeared in doubt, winning the nine-lap race by 1.1 seconds over a three-way dice for second where Brendon Pingel (Lockyer Holden Cruze) edged out Peter Carr (Mako Sunglasses Ford Mustang) and Adrian Flack (A GAS National Euro GT).
However the latter was penalised five seconds which relegated him to seventh behind James Duckworth (RDA Brakes Euro GT), Damien Flack (Automotive Holdings Group Euro GT) and Chris Stevenson’s Hertz Nissan Altima.
Adrian Flack’s penalty was just one of the dramas that afflicted some of the front runners. Maurice Masini was to have started off pole after qualifying fastest but his Penrith Car Sales Ford Mustang snapped its tailshaft prior to the grid-up.
Uebergang’s problems further escalated with an early spin at turn 2 after shooting through to second place. Then followed contact with Dehnam Ballantyne’s Holden Cruze at turn 1 on the next lap which resulted in Uebergang rolling. Kent Quinn had nowhere to go, locking his brakes and bumping Uebergang sufficiently enough to put him back on his wheels and enabling him to continue, albeit well down the order.
Trent Young (HBR Brake Reconditioning Toyota Aurion) crossed the finish line ninth behind Darren Chamberlin (Darryl Lea Stix Chev Camaro) but penalties dropped him to 13th behind Craig Woods (Ford Mustang), Myles Bond (ExoDrill Toyota Aurion), Blake Sciberras (Toyota Aurion) and Quinn.
Daniel Gaunt was the only race retirement with his Griffith Corporation/Iveco Euro GT going out at turn 2 on lap 6 after vying with, and clashing, with Bond.