Smollen sweeps APC opener in Sydney

Shane Smollen. Picture: Speed Shots Photography

Shane Smollen has swept Round 1 of the MRF Tyres Australia Production Cars Series at Sydney Motorsport Park.

Four weeks on from winning the Bathurst 6 Hour, Smollen qualified on pole in the Prestige Connex BMW M4 and converted that into an all-the-way victory in Race 1.

He did likewise in Races 2 and 3, with a margin of just over 25 seconds in the latter, 20-lap encounter.

“We had really solid and consistent car speed the whole weekend,” said Smollen.

“For us, the car is still a new car, it ran for the first time at the Bathurst 6 Hour where we were successful.

“We are still in the process of getting to know it, and Sydney Motorsport Park is a very different track in terms of its dynamics and grip levels compared to Bathurst.

“In the sprint format, it was a really great opportunity for us to get to know the car further.

“It really ran flawlessly, just as it did at the 6 Hour, and that is a credit to Aaron Reed and the team who built the car. We have had basically no significant gremlins or tweaks to make since we were first put it on the track only a few weeks back.

“It was a really valuable weekend, and it was great to have a consistent run with the pole and three wins, allowing us to take an early lead in the championship.”

Cem Yucel, in a Volkswagen Golf R, was runner-up in all three races, while Jake Camilleri picked up two third placings in a Mazda 3 MPS.

Duane West had been running second in the weekend opener until he stopped due to a technical problem for the #9 HSV GTS inside the final two laps.

Not only did that promote Yucel to the runner-up position, but also James Keene to third in another Golf R.

Round 2, also on the Shannons Motorsport Australia Championships bill, unfolds at Morgan Park on June 25-27.

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