Pics By: Mike Shore


Three days of on track entertainment delighted race fans last weekend as the Shannons Nationals, Presented by Hi-Tec Oils, took over Sydney Motorsport Park for the fifth round of their season.



While the team from Performance Garage attended the event focused on bringing an exclusive behind the scenes look at the running of F3 team Snake Racing / AGI Sport, we couldn't help but get distracted by all the racing that was on offer.



All weekend the racing was exciting and unpredictable, with strong contenders and previous champions competing in every category. In the Hi-Tec Oils Australian Swift Racing Series, Reece Murphy and Allan Jarvis battled it out for the round victory. Jarvis moving forward from a third place in race one to take the win in the final race. Though despite Jarvis's efforts, Murphy was able to amass enough points to take the round victory.



It was another round triumph for Neale Muston in the Radical Australia Cup. A race one win and fifth in race two was more than enough to secure him the top spot for the third time this season. Interestingly, the only time Muston hasn't visited the top step of the podium, at the end of a round this year, was when he didn't compete. No doubt his competitors are going to have quite the task trying to stop him marching away with this year's championship.



The undisputed breeding ground for tomorrow's motorsport stars, Formula 3, saw another weekend of high quality wheel to wheel racing. Previous champion Tim Macrow stole the show once again, taking home the round victory in his one-off appearance for this year. It is the third time in three years that the previous champion has made an appearance in the wings-and-slicks category and gone home with the trophy. Notably, Race Two also saw a maiden class victory for Snake Racing / AGI Sport driver Nathan Gotch. A great start to the race combined with consistent quick lap times, as well as contact between the class leaders, saw Nathan move from third to first in class over the course of the race.


Check out this video of Snake Racing / AGI Sport concluding a day of racing. We've condensed over four hours of footage into under 2 minutes to show you how much work is actually involved in preparing an F3 race car.


Kane Rose extended his championship lead even further in the Porsche Staff Solutions GT3 Cup Challenge Australia. His two race wins, combined with a second place to championship rival Jeff Bobik, giving him more than enough points to take home his third consecutive round victory this year.



The Kerrick Sports Sedans series combined forces with NSW Sports Sedans to field a massive grid of twenty seven cars for the weekend's racing. Tony Ricciardello was again head of the field, taking pole position with a blistering 1m27.9890s lap before leading to the flag in each of the three races on Sunday. After a difficult start to the year, race victories are exactly what Ricciardello needs to get himself anywhere near to taking home an unprecedented eighth crown. While mathematically it is unlikely Ricciardello will be able to regain the ground lost to his title rivals, the round at Sydney Motorsport Park served as a notice that while he is down, the Alfa driver is most definitely not giving up.



Headlining the weekend were the twin one hour endurance races for the Australian GT Championship – Protected by Sargent Security. Two days of racing couldn't show a more severe change of fortunes for Roger Lago and David Russell. After taking an impressive victory in Saturday's twilight race, Sunday saw Roger put the Lamborghini Gallardo GT3 into the wall at turn eleven. That accident brought out the safety car, with eleven minutes left on the clock, allowing the charging Ferrari of John Bowe to eliminate the three second lead of Mercedes SLS driver Peter Hackett and set up a two lap showdown for the end of the race. Ultimately Bowe would make an aggressive move at turn six stick, with neither driver wanting to give an inch in pursuit of victory. While Bowe would go on to win the race, Hackett took the round victory for Team Erebus, a great finish to a weekend which didn't start too well with James Brock putting the sister SLS into the wall in practice.



The Shannons Nationals presented by Hi-Tec Oils now moves north to Ipswich's Queensland Raceway for round six with seven category's scheduled to take to the circuit over three days of action between August 13 and 15. For more information check out www.thenationals.com.au