SUPPORTS: Johnston dominates opening Excel Shootout race
By James Pavey
Saturday 26th September, 2020 - 9:36pm
Circuit Excel Shootout
Asher Johnston was untouchable in Race 1 of the Circuit Excel Shootout at The Bend Motorsport Park on Saturday.
The #18 Check It Out Graphics entry was a class above in the 12-lap affair, with Johnston checking out from the start and racing to a 5.7s victory over Jayden Wanzek.
Wanzek managed to finish where he started despite a first-lap tangle with Bradley Vaughan at the Turn 6 hairpin, with Vaughan finishing fifth in his #50 Angaston Motors entry.
Daniel Errigo shadowed Wanzek to the line, with the duo joined in battle by Lee Stibbs and Andrew Hobby, with the latter falling away after a late visit to the pits.
Just 1.9s separated Wanzek in second to Stibbs in fourth, with Vaughan keeping a watching brief in a distant fifth.
Hobby was one of three retirements in the 37-car field, along with Scott Stephenson and Cassandra Hoare.
The Excels will hit the track on Sunday for Race 2 at 10:40 AEST and Race 3 at 14:55.
South Australian Sports Car Invitational
The opening race of of the Sports Car Invitational at The Bend fell the way of Sebastien Amadio.
Amadio steered his #22 Toyota FT40 to victory over Jason Makris, who drove his #44 Wolf Tornado to second ahead of Mark Laucke.
Blake Purdie made it three Wolf entries in the top four, with Garth Walden rounding out the top five in his #24 Radical SR3RS.
The day began and ended in drama for Tim Cook, who failed to finish the race, just hours after a high-speed off in his Firman F1000 at the end of the pit straight. Cook’s car struck dormant puddles left behind by heavy rain which fell in the lead-up to this weekend’s event.
Cook was one of four runners to retire from the race, alongside Michael Whiting (#33 Radical), Ian Eldridge (#19 Stohr WF1) and Mark Haig (#89 West WR1000).
The category will return on Sunday for Race 2 at 8:50 AEST, before Race 3 at 11:15.