NASH Morris has added another pair of race wins to his ever-expanding CV, taking both sprint races in Round 4 of the Porsche Michelin Sprint Challenge Australia Series at Queensland Raceway.
With one race remaining in the round, Morris finds himself in a similar position to his debut round in Sydney a fortnight ago, where he ultimately finished second overall.
A dramatic day of racing at the Ipswich venue saw Morris commence proceedings by winning an arm-wrestle with Oscar Targett on the opening lap of the first race before edging away to claim the race win.
Starting from pole, Targett made a strong start however Morris pounced at turn three and completed the move at four to grab a lead he’d never lose.
Targett then held of Marcos Flack to secure second – his third of the season – with Flack scoring his best result of the season in third.
Hamish Fitzsimmons and Macro Giltrap were next, in close company with the leaders, with Aron Shields, Caleb Sumich, Tom Taplin, Zac Stichbury and Tom McLennan completing the top-10.
Pro-Am went the way of Matt Slavin, who capitalised on a late race incident that included Sam Shahin being forced off the road and out of the race three laps from home.
Also in strife was Ronan Murphy, who spun onto the infield at Turn four early in the race, making contact with Lachlan Bloxsom as he speared across the road. The damage forced the Sonic racer out of the race.
Race two saw more of the same with Morris smartly away from pole position and into the race lead.
Targett held on around the outside of turn two, however dropped all four wheels of the road and into the dirt, which dropped the Grove junior down the order.
That shuffled the pack with Hamish Fitzsimmons and Flack battling for second, swapping the place twice before the former held on with a late pass.
With Flack third, Tom Taplin was an outstanding fourth in his best race of the season.
Sheilds, Giltrap, Targett, Stichbury, a recovering Lachlan Bloxsom and McLennan completed the top-10.
The race was brought under the control of a Safety Car following contact between Brad Carr and Tim Wolfe at Turn 2, that saw both cars deposited into the gravel trap at turn two.
That set up a two-lap dash to the line, with Morris ultimately holding on to claim the win.
Pro-Am went the way of Ramu Farrell, while Shahin charged from the back of the field to 2nd in class, with Slavin third.
Lachlan Harburg completed a sweep of Class B wins across the two races today.
The end of the final race saw a serious crash involving Richard Cowen and Andrew Goldie.
Both drivers were taken to hospital for further observation. We thank our medical teams and all our officials for their prompt response.
The Porsche Michelin Sprint Challenge returns for a third and final race – the next edition in the Jim Richards Endurance Trophy – on Sunday morning at Queensland Raceway.