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Steven Tamasi has upstaged some of the most prominent names in Australian motorsport to win the opening round of the Precision International Australian Sports Sedan Series, held as part of round three of the Motorsport Australia NSW State Championships at Wakefield Park on the weekend.
Tamasi’s chief rivals were Supercars racers Thomas Randle and Andre Heimgartner, the latter a late entry in the race meeting aboard the Mark Duggan-owned Aston Martin DBR9.
Randle qualified on pole position and won the opening race, with Tamasi finishing second after Heimgartner spun at turn 10.
In the second race, Randle led initially before a gearbox problem eliminated his Saab from proceedings for the rest of the weekend. Tamasi capitalised to take the win, with Heimgartner finishing 10th after a drive-through penalty for overlapping on the race restart after a Safety Car.
Race three was a thriller, Heimgartner hunting down Tamasi before making an incisive move for the lead at turn six on the final lap. However, Tamasi earned the overall round win by virtue of his consistency across the three races.
Tom Sargent took his second-consecutive round win in the Australian Formula Ford Championship after a weekend-long battle with title adversary Cody Burcher. Sargent qualified on pole position and won the first race, but Burcher fought back in race two with an aggressive move on Sargent in the last corner.
The third race was red-flagged and declared a non-event after a spectacular barrel roll for Valentino Astuti after contact with Jake Donaldson at the Fish-Hook; fortunately, Astuti escaped serious injury but his Sonic Formula Ford was badly damaged.
Sargent’s bonus point for pole was enough for him to win the round overall ahead of Burcher, with rookie Noah Sands completing the podium.
Dean Campbell took out the NSW Production Touring Cars Massel Enduro in his Mitsubishi Evo X after a tough battle against Dimitri Agathos (Subaru WRX STi) and the Matt Holt/Josh Muggleton HSV Clubsport.
Campbell led initially, but was jumped by both Agathos and Holt/Muggleton during the compulsory pit stop cycle. However, Agathos was badly delayed by lapped traffic, which brought Campbell close enough to make a late move for the lead, while Holt/Muggleton suffered a flat tyre which brought them into the pits for an unscheduled stop, dropping them to fourth behind David Krusza (BMW 135i).
Dave Williams won the first two Improved Production Under 2 Litre races in his Honda Civic, before Mat Harris (also in a Civic) won races three and four, recovering from mechanical problems earlier in the weekend.
Polesitter Kurt Macready (Nissan Silvia) retired from race one early and missed race two, but charged through the field to finish second in race three and chased Harris all the way to the finish in race four.
In the Over 2 Litre Improved Production division, Lachlan McBrien won the first two races in his BMW M3 while Trevan Spiteri recovered from a transfer case failure in his Mitsubishi Evo to win race four.
Aaron Lee won both Formula Vee races but was challenged closely by John McDonald in each race, while William Pym had a career-best weekend to complete the podium.
Peter White won the first of Saturday’s Supersports races in his Radical SR8, but a spin in race two dropped him out of the front-running proceedings and allowed Neale Muston and Nick Kelly (also in Radical SR8s) to finish 1-2 in the other two races, with Brad Shiels (Radical SR3) and Darren Barlow (Stohr) squabbling over the final podium position.
The Production Sports cars staged a pair of 25-minute races on Saturday; Andrew Macpherson took victory in the first event aboard his Porsche 911 GT3-R, before Drew Hall won the second race in his Carrera Cup car.