0.02second Split Top Three Shannons V8 Touring Cars
24/10/2010 at 8:01am

Qualifying for the fifth round of the 2010 SHANNONS V8 TOURING CAR NATIONAL SERIES turned into a real dogfight with Ford Falcon BA drivers Chris Smerdon and Tony Evangelou trading fastest times on a continual basis in an enthralling session.

Ultimately it was Smerdon in the ex-Stone Brothers Racing machine with a 1min 12.7711sec lap that earned him pole position for the first of three races. “That was an amazing session,” he said.

“I would get a lap, then Tony would go faster, than I got one better, then him again. Finally I got that lap for pole but it was one that was right on the edge,” he added.

In the ex-Ford Performance Racing Falcon, Evangelou was just a tenth of a second slower while Terry Wyhoon made it trifecta for Ford with his BA third in his once Larkham Motor Sports entry.

Best of the Holdens and fourth was Stephen Voight in the ex-Garry Rogers Motorsport VY, just four tenths adrift while Mark Sheppard put his ex-Stone Brothers Racing, Wyhoon prepped AU fifth ahead of the second Rob Tebb entered GRM Holdens driven by son Aaron.

Seventh fastest was John Vergotis in his ex-Ford Tickford Racing AU ahead of the former Imrie Motor Sport VX of “supersprinter” Shaun Fennell in his first full-blown circuit racing meeting.

Completing the top ten were the West Australian entries of Matt Hansen (Prancing Horse Racing AU) and Isi Ambrosio in his ex-Perkins Engineering VY. As has been the case all season at the eastern circuits, both were having their first look at the Sandown circuit.


Three cars were within three hundredths of a second of each other in the shoot-out style Time Attack which is only a points earning exercise not a grid position decider. Starting with slowest qualifiers, the final three toppled each other by the smallest of margins.

Fennell opted not to run while Ambrosio was first out. Hanson went next and was slightly quicker before Vergotis topped both. Tebb couldn’t better the Falcon time while Sheppard went to the top of the list. Then Voight came out and was able to best them all.

Finally the top three set off. Wyhoon opted to run just new tyres rather than use four green ones, and went fastest, Evangelou went one hundredth of a second faster and then Smerdon topped the session for 20 points with another one hundredth advantage.
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