THOMAS SARGENT leads the Porsche Michelin Sprint Challenge Series heading to Sandown thanks to a clean sweep of victories at Queensland Raceway.
Sam Shahin (Morris Pro-Am) and Tom McLennan (Class B) took the class honours following a competitive and close 35-lap Jim Richards Endurance Trophy race on Sunday morning at the Ipswich circuit.
Sargent and Ryan Wood continued their season-long battle at the pointy-end of the field, battling nose-to-tail for the entire race duration today.
Starting from pole, Sargent got the jump into Turn one and led Wood on the opening lap, securing a lead he would never lose.
It wasn’t for a lack of trying from the EBM / Team Porsche NZ driver, however, who had several attempts to sneak past before ultimately settling for second.
The pair were never more than one second apart throughout the race with their finishing order in the race reflecting the round result as well.
The fight continued their remarkable battles in round one of the championship and on Saturday at Queensland Raceway, setting the tone for the remainder of the season.
Lachlan Bloxsom finished third overall in the Enduro Trophy race, with Jason Miller and Courtney Prince completing the top five.
For Bloxsom the result represented a strong comeback following an off at the beginning of the opening race, the Bloxsom Team Navy driver working his way back into contention as the weekend continued.
Meanwhile, Aron Shields finished third overall for the round in just his second ever race event; scoring his first career podium finish in the process.
In the ongoing battle for Morris Pro-Am, Brett Boulton delivered his McElrea / Bold Living team a win in the Enduro Cup race following another lengthy race-long battle with close rival Sam Shahin.
The latter held the lead early on however slipped back behind Boulton mid-race, the pair finishing in that order.
Shahin’s pair of victories on Saturday, however, were enough to ensure he won the round; his second straight Porsche round victory following recent success in Porsche Paynter Dixon Carrera Cup Australia.
Boulton finished second overall while Scott Taylor completed the podium at his home circuit.
In Class B, rookie Tom McLennan won the class in both the Endurance race and the round overall, with Brad Carr second.
The Porsche Michelin Sprint Challenge Series continues at Sandown Raceway on September 16-18.
Thomas Sargent, Round 2 Pro winner:
“To say I’m happy its understatement, it’s been a tough weekend and the racing is really been close with Ryan, he’s awesome to race against, its really good how we have respect, he’s very fair and sportsmanlike, so it makes for awesome racing. I definitely didn’t walk away with it, that’s for sure so I’m looking forward to the whole series being like that, it pushes me along as a driver and progresses me more, so all in all great weekend massive thanks to the (CHE Racing) Team. We weren’t altogether as a team, with the rest of the guys down in Sydney running Formula Ford so its been a bit of a different team , but awesome to still get the job done.“
Sam Shahin, Round 2 Morris Pro-Am winner:
“Anytime of got a steering wheel in my hand, I’m living the dream, so proud to be driving in this category and representing The Bend. It was a tough weekend to start off with just getting familiar with the car again, but it’s just such a wonderful machine to pilot and I really enjoyed all the races. The longer races, I really enjoy them and I’m just so thrilled to be on the top step again and I look forward to Sandown which always produces great racing.”
Tom McLennan, Round 2 Class B:
“It was awesome, I can’t thank the McElrea Team enough for the weekend. It was a good weekend for Queensland Raceway as well, it’s a massive spectacle here so congrats to putting this back together and I’m keen for the next one.”