The Queens Birthday long weekend saw the Shannons Nationals come to Winton Raceway in Victoria. Approximately 2.5 hours North of Melbourne, and makes that 3hrs from my side of town! So it was a lovely rise and shine time of 0430 to leave by 5am. With a welcoming 2c outside and fog, a great cruise ahead awaited me with iPod ready to rock. By the time I reach the track its a lovely -1c. Weekend entry is free to all spectators for the entire weekend! How cool! Perfect for a cruise up the Hume Highway with your mates to watch some great racing. The weather forecast for the whole weekend was cold mornings but sunny conditions of approx 15-17c, perfect for racing.
This weekend sees 4 categories of racing. Australian Prototype Series, Australian Production Car series, Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Australia presented by Pirelli and the main event CAMS Australian GT Trophy Series presented by Pirelli. Great racing and kerb bashing lay ahead from Radicals, to Production Cars, to GT Cars! Trackside Saturday morning was again cold at around the 0-1c, but we were in the rural area of Victoria as well so it is to be expected. But beautiful sunshine and no wind was awesome weather for Cars! So great racing lay ahead. The Australian Production Cars had a 100km race on the Saturday, seeing Evos and Rexes battling amongst a whole mix of other cars was great to see. Chaz Mostert was competing in a Ford Focus RS and Rick Bates competing in an Evo 10. Saturday’s qualifying for the GT cars saw one of the quickest laps ever set by a GT Car. a 1:18.9666 set by Jake Fouracre putting the Audi R8 on pole for the first 50 min race.
Sunday again was a glorious day with the sun out and shining. The Porsche GT3 Race kicked off the mornings proceedings. Nice way to start the morning with some Porsche action followed by race 1 for the GT cars. Turn 1 had a little incident between the Audis as usually 2 cars into 1 never works. The 2 Audi’s attempted to do just this with them evidently touching going into turn 1. Once that incident had settled everyone else filed in and raced away. In the end Steve McLaughlan took out both race wins on the Sunday to claim overall victory in his Audi R8. Race favourites failed to finish due to either race incidents or technical difficulties. It was a great weekend at Winton. Perfect weather and great racing across all classes, you can’t ask for much more than that! The Shannons Nationals now heads to NSW for round 4 at Sydney Motorsport Park on July 7-9. So if you’re in NSW I recommend you clear the calendar and head on down. Enjoy more pics below.