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May 18, 2019

Pole and race win for Barram on Saturday

The first race of the 2019 Australian Prototype Series has been run and won outright by Queenslander David Barram.

Fellow competitor Mark Short (SA) and Barram had been locked in a close battle for the championship lead across yesterday’s practice sessions and today’s qualifying round as part of the first Shannons Nationals at Sydney Motorsport Park.

Barram started from pole position in his Chiron LMP3 and managed to hold onto the lead position for the majority of the first race despite challenges from Short in the Prince LSR.

“Mark gave me a very good run for most of the race,” Barram said.

“Unfortunately he faded, but that was good for me.

“I was reading the side of his car quite a few times, and one time I even saw the back of it – but luckily I got back through and have taken the win here and that’s very special.”

Short was well placed to take second spot on today’s podium, but after receiving a five second jump start penalty, along with fellow competitors Mark Laucke (SA) and John-Paul Drake (SA), Short would have to be content with third outright.

It was 2018 series winner Jason Makris (QLD) who secured second outright in his Wolf Tornado in a strong drive through the field.

“Mark certainly holds the skills for keeping in front, so for around ten laps he made it ultra-difficult,” Makris said. “But I just had to wear him out slowly, which I did and here I am. I believe I came second, I don’t even know yet – scrutineering took their time.”

Newcomer Daniel Gonzalez (WA) had a successful first race and took fourth – a result that far exceeded his expectations going into the race.

“We sat in a race car back in November on Phillip Island for the very first time, so we are really stoked with that finish,” Gonzalez said.   

“Being our first official race it was pretty intense, and we were keen just to get through it to be honest. We’re just happy to finish - position wasn’t relevant.”

The Australian Prototype Series Championship returns to the track tomorrow for their second and final race of the weekend. The race will be 25 minutes long and starts at 9:50am.

The second race can be viewed on the Shannons Nationals live stream at thenationals.com.au.

Top 10 Outright

1

David Barram (QLD)

Chiron LMP3         

35:41.96  

2

Jason Makris (QLD)

Wolf GB08 Tornado   

35:56.76 

3

Mark Short (SA)

Prince LSR

35:59.72  

4

Daniel Gonzalez (WA)

Wolf GB08 Tornado   

36:18.60 

5

Mark Laucke (SA)        

Wolf GB08 Tornado   

36:25.52 

6

Peter Paddon (NSW)

Radical SR3 RS      

36:44.93  

7

Stephen Champion (NSW)  

Radical SR3         

36:45.94

8

Carmelo Bonaventura (QLD)

Radical SR3         

36:46.54 

9

Peter Clare (NSW)       

Radical SR3         

36:54.68 

10

Zig Fuhrmeister (VIC)   

Radical SR3         

36:56.20  

 

Class Results

P1

1

David Barram (QLD)

Chiron LMP3

35:41.96

2

Jason Makris (QLD)

Wolf GB08 Tornado   

35:56.76

3

Mark Laucke (SA)

Wolf GB08 Tornado

36:25.52

4

John-Paul Drake (SA)

Wolf GB08CN

36:40.68

 

HC

 

 

 

 

1

Mark Short (SA) 

Prince LSR

35:59.72

 

2

Daniel Gonzalez (WA)

Wolf GB08 Tornado

36:18.60

 

3

Glen Stallbaum (QLD)

West WX10

37:07.62

 

 

RAD

1

Peter Paddon (NSWW)

Radical SR3 RS

36:44.93

2

Stephen Champion (NSW)

Radical SR3

36:45.94

3

Carmelo Bonaventura QLD

Radical SR3

36:46.54

4

Peter Clare (NSW)

Radical SR3

36:54.68

5

Zig Fuhrmeister (VIC)

Radical SR3

36:56.20

6

Bill Medland (NSW)

Radical SR3 RSX

35:45.59

7

Michael Whiting (SA)

Radical SR3

36:06.05