7 August 2022 | General

Close title fight to continue despite Nathan Herne clean-sweep

It was another clinical performance from Nathan Herne as he completed a clean-sweep of results in the Valvoline Team GRM Mustang to extend his title lead at Queensland Raceway.

Leading from start-to-finish, Herne led guest driver Brodie Kostecki in the Boost Mobile Racing Chevrolet Camaro and title rival Owen Kelly in the Garry Rogers Motorsport Mustang completing a swift recovery.

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Herne again led through Turn 1 as Kostecki pushed behind to overtake Johnson for second, as did Owen Kelly into third as he continued his recovery mode.

Supercheap Auto Ford Mustang driver Nash Morris made an impressive 10 positions in the opening lap before the race was neutralised for an incident involving series contender Tim Brook in the Andrew Miedecke Ford Wall Racing entry.

Brook was positioned on the outside of the field entering Turn 1, but chaos beside occurred. John Harris in the Ownit Homes Ford Mustang contacted the rear of Jackson Rice’s Dream Racing Australia entry sending across the front of Brook, with the latter pair ending in the sand trap.

When the race was restarted, Herne continued his charge as behind Kostecki and Kelly continued to battle for second as Johnson held off the advances of Garry Rogers Motorsport’s Lochie Dalton and the DJ Pioneer Chevrolet Camaro of Elliot Barbour in what was a season’s best performance so far.

Morris was behind, but unable to make any headway through the field as Ben Grice in the All American Driveline Ford Mustang kept ahead of Jon McCorkindale in the Dial Before You Dig example, who completed a stunning run after a lowly qualifying session.

Recovering from his spin in Race 2, Brett Holdsworth was 10th in the TPS Group Ashley Seward Motorsport Chevrolet Camaro as he snatched back third in the series after Brook’s off.

Herne took the first complete clean-sweep from qualifying to Race 3 of the season as he put his title aspirations back on track after a DNF at Sydney Motorsport Park, while Kelly won’t go away after a masterful recovery.

The final round of the Turtle Wax Trans Am Series heads with the SpeedSeries to Sandown on September 16-18.