Brook prevails in Trans Am crash-fest

Tim Brook. Picture: Australian Racing Group

Tim Brook has picked up a second win in Round 1 of the Turtle Wax Tran Am Series in a crash-fest at Symmons Plains.

Brook was leading when the field took the chequered flag under Safety Car conditions for the third time in as many races at AWC Race Tasmania, ahead of Nathan Herne, Lochie Dalton, Dalton Ellery, and Jett Johnson.

Only 18 of the 24 starters made the finish in a contest which ended after just 13 laps of a scheduled 22.

Race 1 winner Brook and Kyle Gurton shared the front row for Race 3 and while the former held the lead through the first two corners, the latter lost a spot when Herne went down his inside.

Just behind, Cody Burcher turned around fourth-placed Ben Grice, causing chaos as the following drivers scattered in a bid to avoid them.

Elliot Barbour was not so fortunate, sustaining damage when he spun in the pack, and he joined Grice and Burcher as retirements as the Safety Car was deployed.

Upon the Lap 4 restart, Owen Kelly launched all the way from eighth to fourth, and he was up to third when Gurton ran long at the Hairpin on Lap 6.

While replays did not fully capture the moment, it appeared that Gurton had jinked right under brakes in a bid to avoid nailing Herne in the braking zone.

Brook’s lead over Herne moved beyond a full second on Lap 8, while Kelly cycled through the pit lane and resumed in 19th, suggesting he was serving a penalty for the restart.

The Safety Car was called again on Lap 10 when Michael Rowell made heavy frontal contact with the barrier on the run to the Hairpin, with the root cause of the shunt unclear.

That would be the last action of the weekend for the Trans Ams, cementing Brook as the early series leader.

Brett Holdsworth ended up sixth in Race 3, ahead of Gurton, Edan Thornburrow, Nash Morris from 23rd on the grid after his Race 2 DNF, and Hugh McAlister in 10th.

Kelly took the chequered flag in 16th.

Round 2 takes place at Phillip Island as part of the Shannons Motorsport Australia Championships on March 18-20, with live streaming on Stan Sport.

Results: Race 3

Pos Num Team/Sponsor Driver Car Cls Laps Race time
1 38 TRADIEPAD Wall Racing Tim Brook Ford Mustang O 13 19:06.4525
2 1 Team Valvoline GRM Nathan Herne Ford Mustang O 13 19:06.9464
3 45 Up2 /11 Motorsport /GRM Lochie Dalton Ford Mustang O 13 19:08.1906
4 31 Bruce Lynton Service Dalton Ellery Ford Mustang H 13 19:09.5253
5 117 Team Johnson/Full Throttle BBQ Jett Johnson Ford Mustang H 13 19:10.4975
6 99 TPS Group /Breeze Holiday Park Brett Holdsworth Chevrolet Camaro O 13 19:11.2434
7 2 Micale Cabinets /Nuveau Group Kyle Gurton Ford Mustang O 13 19:12.1953
8 116 Sydney Property Care Edan Thornburrow Ford Mustang O 13 19:13.2352
9 67 Supercheap Auto Nash Morris Ford Mustang O 13 19:16.6078
10 6 McAlister Motors Hugh McAlister Ford Mustang H 13 19:18.0358
11 69 Dial Before you Dig Jon McCorkindale Ford Mustang O 13 19:20.0255
12 8 Wealth Rite Racing Chris Pappas Ford Mustang H 13 19:21.9519
13 777 Dream Racing Australia Craig Scutella Chevrolet Camaro M 13 19:23.3279
14 4 Crutcher Devlopments Mark Crutcher Ford Mustang M 13 19:24.1057
15 23 Holinger Racing John Holinger Chevrolet Camaro M 13 19:25.4248
16 73 Owen Kelly Motorsport Owen Kelly Ford Mustang O 13 19:26.2403
17 88 Ownit Homes /Superior Jetties John Harris Ford Mustang H 13 19:27.4821
18 48 Nic Carroll Motorsport Nic Carroll Dodge Challenger O 12 19:31.0191
DNF 15 Pacific Petroleum/Carroll Tyre Michael Rowell Ford Mustang H 8 10:24.8754
DNF 37 Dream Racing Australia Jackson Rice Dodge Challenger O 4 6:27.3244
DNF 03 All American Driveline Ben Grice Ford Mustang O    
DNF 36 Cody Burcher Racing Cody Burcher Ford Mustang O    
DNF 27 Dream Racing Australia Elliot Barbour Chevrolet Camaro O    
DNF 12 Shaun Richardson Motorsport Shaun Richardson Dodge Challenger H    

Classes: O Outright, H Hoosier Cup, M Masters Cup

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