Shannons Nationals Sunday wrap

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Sunday 11th September, 2011 - 9:06pm

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Chris Smerdon at Sandown (PIC: Christian Hartung)

Chris Smerdon at Sandown (PIC: Christian Hartung)

Mixed weather conditions again greeted competitors at Sandown today for the Shannons Nationals Motor Racing Championship.

With eight categories on the card, there was plenty to see on the race track.

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In the Dial Before You Dig Sandown 500, TMR Performance’s Stuart Kostera and Ian Tulloch took their Mitsubishi Lancer to a comfortable win.

Lancers made up the top four places, with Tony Quinn and Klark Quinn finishing second ahead of Jim Pollicina/Dean Kelland and Dylan Thomas/Dale Thomas.

Cam Wilson and Peter Burnitt were the first of the non-Lancers home, taking their Subaru WRX Sti to fifth place overall

Matthew Hayes continued his winning ways in Commodore Cup, taking round honours. After winning yesterday’s first race, Hayes finished third in the today’s first race before taking another win in Race 3.

Chris Stevenson finished second overall after winning Race 2, with Danny Buzadic, Adam Beechey and Marcus Zukanovic rounding out the top five.

Chris Smerdon (Ford Falcon BA) took the top prize in the Kumho Tyres V8 Touring Cars. While he followed home Terry Wyhoon (Ford Falcon BA) in both of today’s races, his consistency over the weekend was enough to give him the most points. Wyhoon was second for the round ahead of Scott Loadsman (Holden Commodore VY), Bruce Heinrich (Ford Falcon AU) and Jim Pollicina (Holden Commodore VY).

Ford drivers Andrew Nowland and Matt Lovell fought out Saloon Car car honours. Nowland’s two wins to Lovell’s one was enough to get him over the line for meting honours.

Tony Evangelou (Holden Commodore VT) finished third overall ahead of Gavin Ross (Holden Commodore VT) and Sam Milton (Ford Falcon AU).

In the Suzuki Swift Series, Mark Gibson won today’s first race. The second race was red flagged and subsequently called-off when Allan Jarvis rolled his car at Turn 6. He emerged unharmed.

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