Nathan Herne seals Turtle Wax Trans Am Series title in dominant opening race victory
Series leader Nathan Herne has led the Trans Am 100 from start-to-finish as he led home Turtle Wax Pole Position winner Tim Brook by a comfortable 4.6208s margin and sealed the series win.
Dream Racing Australia Team Valvoline’s Herne jumped Brook at the start and quickly built up significant margin as the battle for second turned into a three-way fight.
TRADIEPAD Wall Racing Mustang driver Brook took his second Turtle Wax Pole Position in a row yesterday, but had no answer for the series leader as he had to withstand pressure from Ben Grice in the All American Auto Parts and Driveline Mustang, and Kyle Gurton in the Garage1 Morris Finance Racing entry.
Grice was able to pass Brook, but this was reversed by the latter at Turn 2 as Gurton also passed the second-generation racer to score his first podium since Phillip Island.
An intense battle for the final spot in the top five was won by Team Sydney Property Care Mustang driver Edan Thornburrow, with Dylan Thomas in the Sensational Kitchens CXC Racing example just beaten to the position.
Completing the top 10 was the Waltec Motorsport Chevrolet Camaro of Aaron Tebb, Kubota Racing duo Hugh McAlister and Matthew MacKelden, and Team Tempest Solutions’ Zach Loscialpo.
However, Herne enjoyed a hard fought series victory after challenges from Mustang drivers Aaron Seton and Brook.
“I knew I just had to get Brook at the start and all I really had to do to get the title was to finish, which was our main goal,” said Herne.
“The car was screaming, alarm bells going off at me, with oil temps and everything like that so the last few laps I was praying to god hoping it make it. With every corner it was a sign of relief and weight off my shoulders.
“I’ve been over pressurising myself these last couple of rounds, so I really wanted this title, which means more to me than what most people see on the surface.
“It’s cool to finally get it under my belt and now I can come into these next two races refreshed.”
Although the title has been decided, second place is a long way from being sorted as Thornburrow holds a slender seven-point margin from Brook with Race 2 of the Turtle Wax Trans Am Series scheduled for 11:50am tomorrow.