Clipsal 500 support race wrap


Podium prank … Porsche Carrera Cup winner Andre Heimgartner, right, sprays champagne at Dylan O’Keeffe. Picture: Mark Brake

SHANE Van Gisbergen, in the Supercars, was Sunday’s big winner at the Clipsal 500, but he wasn’t the only one celebrating after the day’s races.

Here’s a rundown of how the support events played out.

PORSCHE CARRERA CUP

ANDRE Heimgartner triumphed in Sunday’s race three of the Porsche Carrera Cup to secure the round victory.

After starting on the second row of the grid, the Kiwi made the decisive move on lap five when he passed early frontrunner Cameron McConville and held the lead for the remaining 15 laps.

Pole-sitter David Wall (NSW) was runner-up in race three and slipped to second in the meeting points standings.

Wall finished level with Heimgartner on 168 points, but the New Zealand-based driver was awarded the honours for winning the final race.

Victorian David O’Keefe was third on Sunday, with Michael Almond the best-placed SA driver in sixth.

AUSTRALIAN GT CHAMPIONSHIP

Tony Bates celebrates his Australian GT Championship triumph. Picture: Mark Brake

Tony Bates celebrates his Australian GT Championship triumph. Picture: Mark BrakeSource:News Corp Australia

TONY Bates took advantage of a quick pit stop to win a shortened race three and the Clipsal 500 round of the Australian GT Championship on Sunday.

The Victorian entered the day third on the meeting standings after taking out race one in his Mercedes on Friday.

Bates emerged from the pits ahead of previous race leader Roger Lago (Queensland) on lap 10 and held his advantage to claim victory by .14 sec.

Tony Walls (NSW) was third in his McLaren 650S.

Lamborghini driver and race-two winner Peter Major took out the minor placing for the round.

The race was red flagged on lap two after a heavy collision between Tim Miles and Jim Manolios.

Miles entered turn eight wide and hit the wall before bouncing across the track and sending Manolios spinning.

The action resumed with 20 minutes remaining of the 38-minute race.

STADIUM SUPER TRUCKS

Paul Morris jumps for joy ... on his vehicle ... after winning the Stadium Super Trucks race. Picture: Mark Brake

Paul Morris jumps for joy … on his vehicle … after winning the Stadium Super Trucks race. Picture: Mark BrakeSource:News Corp Australia

THE final race of the Stadium Super Trucks did not disappoint race fans eager to see some spills, but SA driver Craig Dontas no doubt wishes he had not been one of them.

His truck flipped on to its roof and ended up on its side on turn six on the first lap when he lost balance going around the corner.

It caused the race to be suspended under a red flag until the wreckage could be cleared. It took six track workers to right Dontas’ car for it to be towed away.

Four green laps were able to be completed, and by the end of the first Australian driver Paul Morris and US driver Jeff Hoffman flew side by side over the last jump on pit straight.

US driver Sheldon Creed had an uncharacteristic run off at turn four, then four trucks came together at turn five, and US driver Gavin Harlien found himself spinning 360 degrees.

Paul Morris came home with the win and several trucks put on burnout show for fans for long after the chequered flag had been flown.

AUSSIE RACING CARS

A SECOND-place finish in race four of the Aussie Racing Car series was enough for James Duckworth to seal meeting honours on Sunday.

The NSW driver was .78 sec behind race winner Kel Treseder (Queensland) at the line after starting from the front of the grid in his Nissan Altima.

Treseder, who lined up on the fifth row on pit straight, broke the lap record he set on Saturday when he clocked 1 min 33.42 sec on lap seven.

Luke Fraser, also driving a Nissan, was third.

Race-one winner Duckworth finished seven points ahead of Craig Woods (NSW) in the driver’s standings.

Queenslander Blake Sciberras was third overall in his Mustang.

TOURING CAR MASTERS

THE first big crash of the day involved some of the oldest cars, on the first lap of the Touring Car Masters final race on Sunday.

A rolling start had the field firing into the chicane and four cars got caught up in the smash between turns two and three, with Andrew Fisher’s Ford Falcon XY GTHO suffering the worst damage.

The race started with a “jumbled grid” with the race leaders deliberately mixed through the field to give spectators more chance of seeing passing manoeuvres and exciting racing.

Tony Karanfilovsk’s Ford Mustang took the chequered flag from the Mustang of Brad Tilley and Holden Torana of Adam Garwood.

John Bowe was the overall winner of the round in his Torana, and Adam Bressington, driving for SA’s Whiteline Racing team, came second.

Originally published as Clipsal 500 support race wrap