The Australian Trans-Am Series wrapped up on the weekend at Queensland’s Lakeside Park Raceway, with some thrilling racing that saw some big highs and low lows.
Shannon O’Brien in his Pontiac Firebird was the man to beat in qualifying easily out pacing Russell wrights Mustang as long as he could keep it on track.
On Saturday afternoon saw Wright take the win with Ian Palmer close behind in his beautifully prepared Pontiac Firebird and Andy Tenkate take third in his Mustang. Colin Walt failed to wash off enough speed entering the Karrassel and consequently rolled and caught on fire when the tank ruptured. Fire crews were on the scene within seconds and pulled Colin from the car. Colin is ok and is recovering from some burns the car is not so ok. Race 1 wasn’t good for Shannon after multiple excursions onto the dirt he finished last.
Got off to a better start for O’Brien and despite Russell breathing down his neck was able to get the win with Ian Palmer rounding out the top 3. Race 2 wasn’t going down without incident with Michael Aldrick’s Chevrolet also catching fire just out from Eastern Loop crews again responded with haste, Aldrick was well clear of the car when crews arrived and as the fire was only small damage is minimal.
Sunday morning was another victory for O’Brien with Wright again right on his six but unable to find a way past. Ian Palmer kept his run of consistency going with another third.
What a thrilling race Wright really delivered the pressure to O’Brien and finally found a way past only to lose it coming out of Hungry Corner after contact with O’Brien allowing Palmer to slip by for the win. Wright still managed second and third was occupied by Anthony Tenkate.
On a whole an exciting weekend of racing for the Trans-Am series. Russell Wright claimed the overall round win with 3 seconds and 1 win, while Tony Rutherford secured the sportsman class, and Ron Prefontaine took out the 5 litre class.