Tander takes share of F3 lead, Hossack sweeps Sports Sedans at Eastern Creek
13/07/2008 at 7:23:52 AM:

Leanne Tander moved into a share of the Australian Formula 3 Championship lead while Darren Hossack cleaned up in Sports Sedans and Superkarts, in Round Five of the Shannons Nationals at Eastern Creek Raceway.

Tander and Hossack were among the winners in a big weekend of racing at the Sydney circuit, with seven categories in action and lap records tumbling.

Nathan Caratti was on form early in Round Six of the Kumho Tyres Australian Formula 3 Championship, topping each qualifying session to extend his championship lead to 20 points.

He lost ground at the start of each race, though, and was involved in a Race Two incident, finishing fourth and 12th in the two races, despite setting a new lap record.

With an opening-race victory and second-place in Race Two, Tander eliminated the deficit and the pair are now tied on 145 points at the top of the standings, with two rounds remaining.

“We started off slowly this weekend, but the team did a great job to get us up here,” Tander, who finished second in the 2007 championship, said.

“Even though we didn’t quite have the pace, we were still able to move into a share of the championship lead.

“We’ll do some more work on the car before Phillip Island and get ready to fight for the championship in the last two rounds.”

Race Two winner James Winslow is third, just seven points behind Tander and Caratti, while Sydney driver Chris Alajajian scored a pair of podium finishes.

Darren Hossack dominated Round Three of the Kerrick National Sports Sedan Series, winning all three races and re-setting the class lap record.

Fresh from taking his new Audi’s maiden victory at Phillip Island last month, Hossack now takes the championship lead.

The Melbourne resident also won the opening round of the Australian Superkart Championship ahead of Sam Zavaglia, after taking a pair of race wins.

“It was a fantastic weekend,” Hossack said.

“Driving the Audi and the Superkart was hard work and I’ll sleep well tonight, but the results have made it worthwhile.

“The Audi keeps on getting better and better, so we can’t wait for the rest of the year.”

Tony Ricciardello finished second in his Alfa Romeo, while New Zealander Bernie Gillon was third, contesting his first round of the year in a recently-purchased Jaguar.

With two race wins, John Kaias won Round Four of the Australian GT Championship driving an Aston Martin DBRS9.

Peter Lucas took out the opening race in a Lotus Elise, and was second in the remaining races to secure second place for the weekend.

Making it an Aston Martin 1-3, Peter Hackett was third, while Lamborghini Gallardo pilot Mark Eddy now leads the championship.

Steve Kwiatkowski set a new Saloon Car lap record on his way to victory in Round Three of the 2008 Supaloc Series.

Kwiatkowski won two of the three races to extend his championship lead over fellow Ford driver Matt Lovell, who won the opening race and took a pair of second-place finishes.

2006 champion Marcus Zukanovic won all three Menzel Glass Commodore Cup races, taking his tally to five wins from six starts in a partial campaign.

Steven White was second and Michael Tancredi finished third to take the championship lead from Adam Lloyd, who was fourth.

Also at Eastern Creek, Chris Smerdon moved into the lead of the Shannons V8 Touring Car Series, after winning Round Two in his ex-Stone Brothers Racing AU Falcon.

The weekend’s racing will be broadcast on SBS’ Speedweek this Sunday, 20 July, from 1:00pm, check local guides for details.

Round Six of the Shannons Nationals will be held at Phillip Island Raceway in Victoria, on 9-10 August.
 
 
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