Ben McLellan and Cody Gillis are the Shamick TaG Enduro champions for 2019.
After a gruelling 4.5 hours and 287 laps, the TWM Arrow/Rotax combo beat home Declan Somers/Jace Lindstrom (Exprit/Rotax) and Adam Lindstrom/Jason Pringle (Formula K/Rotax).
First IAME home was David Sera/Anton de Pasquale (Sera/X30) in 4th, just 0.4s off the podium.
Amazingly, the top seven teams all finished on the lead lap.
As per previous years, the first part of the race was easy to follow, but as soon as the pitstops started, it’s hard to know who’s where until the final 30-odd minutes. And even then, some teams had to quick-stop for a driver change or splash-n-dash of fuel to get home.
Generally, the X30 runners had to pit early as they didn’t get the fuel range that was achievable with the Rotax MAX. However, the Rotax runners couldn’t make full use of the better fuel economy as that put them in the danger zone of over-timing a driver.
As the race wound into the final stage, it looked like the Harrison Hoey/Kris Walton entry had out-maneuvered the competition with a +1 lap lead. They were one of the first to take a compulsory long stop and were therefore off the leader board and out of mind for much of the event. But then, with just minutes to go, Hoey dived into pit lane to hand over to Walton, losing the race by 30 seconds.
In the Masters division, Matt Wall/Glen Riddell (KF Kart/X30) teamed up for the second year running, taking 16th outright (after starting last). Twenty laps behind was second placed Bjorn Schultheiss/Reif Corbett (FA Kart/Rotax), which was somewhat of a miracle – the duo didn’t take the start with a starter motor failure pre-grid. After joining the race late, they encountered numerous other issues along the way, but they did finish, which is half the battle!
Supercar bragging rights went to Anton de Pasquale, teaming with David Sera and taking fourth place. Nick Percat was 6th, Chaz Mostert 11th, James Golding 19th and Michael Caruso 20th.
21 Cadet entries fronted for their 1 hour race, three teams entering two drivers, the rest going solo.
In the Cadet 12 division, James Anagnostiadis pipped the Isaac McNeill/Max Walton combo for the win with the rest of the field a lap down. Miley Miller, who placed fourth, had earlier qualified fastest.
1 James Anagnostiadis 2 Isaac McNeill / Max Walton 3 Xavier Avramides
Six drivers made up the Cadet 9 field, all racing solo. Ewan Anderson lead home fastest qualifier William Calleja with Max Mangano third.
All eleven KA3 Juniors ran their one hour race solo. Hugo Simpson, who qualified pole, won by 12.8s over Luke Sawyer. The top seven all completed 62 laps.