Shannons Nationals makes historic debut at The Bend

Seven categories made their way to The Bend Motorsport Park on the weekend to compete in Round 1 of the 2018 Shannons Nationals. 

Australian GT Championship

Following a pole position start, WM Waste Management drivers Max Twigg & Tony D'Alberto claimed the maiden Australian GT Championship victory at The Bend after completing 78 laps of the 4.95km International Circuit. 

Difficult conditions on Saturday had Australian GT make a precautionary decision to move the Championship from the 7.7km GT Circuit to the 4.95km International Circuit for Sunday's race. However the weather gods were kind on Sunday, allowing for a great day of racing. 

Twigg & D'Alberto shared the podium with second place Liam Talbot & John Martin of Walkinshaw GT3 and third place Steve Richards and Michael Almond of BMW Team SRM. 

The Bend's own Yasser Shahin finished 15th with teammate Luke Youlden. 

Porsche Michelin GT3 Cup Challenge Australia

After two victories on Sunday, Max Vidau claimed the outright and Pro class victory for the first race of the 2018 season. Vidau shared the podium with Cooper Murray and Simon Fallon

In ProAm, it was The Bend's on Sam Shahin who took victory, followed closely by Danny Stuttered and Ben Stack. 

National Sports Sedan Series

Tony Ricciardello claimed victory from a 30-car field on the weekend. Followed by Steven Tamasi and Jake Camilleri. 

Australian Prototype Series

Peter Paddon claimed outright victory in his Radical followed by Kumho Cup driver John-Paul Drake and Radical driver Philip Hughes.

Radical Australia Cup

In the Radicals, Peter Paddon led Philip Hughes and Paul Braico to victory. 

Group S Racing

Group S concluded Sunday's racing in gloomy conditions as the sun began to set. Great cars and great racing saw Wayne Seabrook take the win followed by Rusty French and Doug Barbour rounding out the podium. 

Heritage Touring Cars

The Heritage Touring Cars had the honour of the first ever race at The Bend Motorsport Park on Saturday morning. A new category for the Shannons Nationals, they're in line to become a fan favourite. 

Jack Le Brocq took the Class A round win for Heritage Touring Cars. 

 

It was a succesfull weekend and we cannot wait to do it all again this weekend when the Australian Superbike Championship and Asia Road Racing Championship arrive on Thursday 19 April - tickets here