Exciting racing headlines VSCRC visit to Sandown

Monday 15 August, 2022
Photos: Revved Photography
More than 200 entries have taken part in the Motorsport Australia Victorian State Circuit Racing Championships (VSCRC) at Sandown Raceway on the weekend.
 
Nine categories shared the spotlight across the two-day event, with plenty of action happening within each category as only two drivers managed to come away with a clean sweep.
 
Enjoying perfect weekends behind the wheel were Saloon Cars winner Shawn Jamieson and Sports Cars winner Benjamin Schoots.
 
The rest of the category winners were made to work harder for their victories, with Formula Ford seeing Brendan Hones and Richard Davison share the spoils in the Formula Kent class.

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In the category’s outright battle, a consistent Edison Beswick took out top honours by six points over Matthew Hillyer despite not winning any of the three races. 
 
The only other driver to win their respective category without claiming maximum points in a race was Victorian V8 winner Brian Finn, whose two runner-up finishes was enough to claim the overall victory over David Ratcliffe by just two points - the smallest margin for the whole weekend.
 
Porsche 944 top seed James Westaway would have considered himself a clear favourite to win the weekend with a clean sweep of wins after taking out the first two races, only to suffer a scare late on when round runner-up Chris Lewis-Williams won the final race by half a second.
 
Despite the minor setback, Westaway’s two wins were enough to seal the category weekend honours.
 
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In Formula Vee, round winner Reef McCarthy had the opposite problem to Westaway, finishing second place to Jake Rowe in the opening race before beating his rival in the remaining two races to seal the round win.
 
The last category to have the round results go down to the final race was in Improved Production, as Jarrod Tonks’ two podiums either side of a race win proved enough for outright honours. 
 
South Australian Adam Poole had a strong start with first in the opening race, but Tonks’ win over him in the second race gave the latter the overall lead before the latter secured the round with a comfortable third place in the finale.

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In the event’s largest field for the day, the Hyundai Excels, round winner Hugo Simpson’s victory looked comfortable on paper as he finished 10 points ahead of Harry Tomkins, however it was far what truly happened as race one and two winner Ethan Grigg-Gault retired in the final race.
 
Grigg-Gault was on track for a clean sweep of winsro but had to retire with just two laps to go, handing Simpson the race win and outright round win.
 
Rounding out the categories for the race meeting was the BMW E30s and it was the biggest victory of the weekend as Geoffrey Bowles’ win and podium was enough to score him an 18-point win over Jesse Bryan.
 
Like the Excels, the BMW E30 class had one driver dominate the day with Alex Jory winning two of the three races, however it was a last-place finish in the middle race that cost him any chance of glory.
 
Only one more round remains in the Motorsport Australia Victorian State Circuit Racing Championships, with the finale to take place at Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit on 24-25 September.

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