Young boosts title bid with Surfers Paradise win

Friday 24th October, 2014 - 5:30pm


Trent Young took out the opening race of the Castrol Edge Gold Coast 600

Trent Young took out the opening race of the Castrol Edge Gold Coast 600

Trent Young ignited his Aussie Racing Cars title hopes with victory in the opening encounter of the Castrol Edge Gold Coast 600.

Young made the most of a clean getaway from the front row but faced a stern challenge from Kyle Clews with the lead changing hands as the race reached the halfway point.

The battle soon came to an end when Simon Smith collided with Clews at Turn 1 on lap six which gave Young a relatively easy run to the chequered flag.

Polesitter Hayden Stephensen finished in second after battling back from a poor start, while Smith claimed the final podium position in third.

Young made no mistakes at the start as he streamed into the lead but there was drama for Stephenson as he bogged down before eventually getting going in sixth spot.

Despite a brief Safety Car period for a two car incident on the opening lap, Young led the way from the restart before coming under immense pressure from Clews.

The lead son changed hands on lap five before Young burst through on the run down to Turn 1 on the next tour.

Smith was in hot pursuit of the pair behind and made contact with the out of position Clews, sending him into the barriers.

This allowed a recovering Stephensen to pounce as he slipped into second spot.

But there was no stopping Young  as he took the chequered flag by 1.3s from Stephenson and Smith.

The victory has boosted Young’s championship hopes with series leader Darren Chamberlin absent from the meeting.

The Aussies Racing Cars will return to the track on Saturday for another 12 lap race beginning at 11am (Queensland time).

Aussie Racing Cars Race 1 Result

1 Young Racing Trent Young (NSW) Toyota Aurion 12 20:58.7549
2 “Team 28, Maddog Signs, Child’ Hayden Stephensen (QLD Toyota Aurion 12 21:00.1412
3 Big Kart Track Simon Smith (QLD) Falcon 12 21:03.4391
4 VIP Petfoods Maurice Masini (NSW) Euro GT 12 21:08.0054
5 Horsley Park Gun Shop James Abela (NSW) Toyota Aurion 12 21:08.2907
6 Visper RS75 Damien Flack (QLD) Euro GT 12 21:08.6608
7 Penrith Car Sales/ AMP power/ Craig Woods (NSW) Commodore 12 21:11.0747
8 FREEM Hashtag Graham Armstrong Tyler Greenbury (QLD) Falcon 12 21:17.7568
9 Battery World Rhett Noonan (WA) Holden Cruze 12 21:18.7660
10 A GAS National Adrian Flack (QLD) Euro GT 12 21:21.1327
11 Millers Mowers and Motorcycles Hagen Skinner (VIC) Falcon 12 21:21.6458
12 TechPath Troy Adams (QLD) Commodore 12 21:21.7255
13 Absolute Automotive Solutions Michael McLean (QLD) Toyota Aurion 12 21:25.2213
14 Uebergang Racing Adam Uebergang (QLD) Euro GT 12 21:27.0453
15 Automotive Holdings Group Grant Denyer (QLD) Euro GT 12 21:34.4394
16 “Griffith Corporation, Iveco, Mark Griffith (QLD) Euro GT 12 21:35.4498
17 F&J Professional Computer Serv Brian Ford (QLD) Falcon 12 21:35.8332
18 Advantage Motorsport Chris Stevenson (VIC) Commodore 12 21:36.9456
19 VIP Petfoods Kent Quinn (QLD) Holden Cruze 12 21:46.9036
20 Variety Group Brendon Tucker (WA) Falcon 12 21:56.9108
21 Advantage Motorsport Jeff Watters (VIC) Commodore 12 22:11.1429
22 PND Civil Racing Lachlan McDonald (VIC) Commodore 12 22:19.3992
23 Matthew Lynch (QLD) Commodore 12 22:21.7433
DNF Giddyup Horsey Racing Tim Boyle (QLD) Falcon 10 18:41.2432
DNF Hertz Craig Thompson (NSW) Nissan Altima  9 17:26.0650
DNF Kyle Clews Motorsport Kyle Clews (NSW) Commodore  6 13:37.1123
DNF Sean Rose Motorsport Mic Uebergang (QLD) Falcon