June 23, 2012 | General


Pollicina extended his lead over 17-year-old rookie sensation Josh Hunter to 31 points with the Fernandez Motorsport-run youngster finishing third from eighth on the grid.

Pole-man Morgan Haber (MW Motorsport Falcon) led the field into turn one at the beginning of the race but slipped back in the opening lap and then again on lap three when he ran off at turn one on a Safety Car restart.

He recovered to finish fourth and set the fastest lap of the race.

Local Wangaratta-based driver Mark Shepherd finished fifth clear of Aaron Tebb Michael Bartsch Matt Hansen (who fell to last after spinning at the first corner) Shawn Jamieson and Nathan Garioch.

Bobby Jane son of four-time Australian Touring Car Champion Bob Jane stalled on the grid and caused a lap one Safety Car before recovering to finish 11th.

Last round winner Chris Smerdon was running seventh but spun off on lap five and eventually finished a lowly 16th.

Races 2 and 3 will be held tomorrow at 10.00am and 12.30pm to round out the weekend at Winton.

Coverage of the races will be shown live online tomorrow at with post-produced television coverage on SBS Speedweek and a one-hour program on SPEED Australia in the weeks ahead.