The first of four hour-long Meguiar’s Australian Production Cars races to be held at The Bend Motorsport Park this weekend has brought plenty of thrilling racing action this afternoon.

The grid was set using the practice times after qualifying was red flag after just two laps, due to a heavy crash for Iain Sherrin in the #72 Sherrin Rentals BMW M4. While Iain was unhurt, the #72 is unable to take any further part this weekend due to the damage incurred.

While Grant Sherrin (#27 Sherrin Rentals BMW M4) and Chris Lillis (#64 Cachet Homes HSV Camaro SS) shared the front row of the grid, it was Chris Sutton (321 Motorsport Mitsubishi EVO X) who had the best start, making huge moves to jump from P6 to move into the lead ahead of Sherrin and Lillis, while Cameron Crick (#118 DA Campbell Transport BMW M2) retained fourth, ahead of Mark Caine (#21 Secure Wealth Advisors BMW  M4), who had dropped from 3rd to 5th off the start.

It soon became the Crick and Caine show however, with the pair constantly trading fastest laps across much of the race in drying conditions as the duo moved into the leading positions and battled for the outright and Class X lead, and occasionally also with Grant Sherrin for 3rd outright and in class.

When all was said and done, it was Crick who would take out the outright and class win ahead of Caine, while Grant Sherrin was third for class X and outright. Sutton and Lillis rounded out the top five outright while taking the A1 and A2 class victories respectively.

Paul Buccini and Justin Anthony were the A1 runners-up from sixth outright in the #71 Buccini Transport BMW M140i, crossing the line ahead of C Class winner Allan Jarvis in his #70 TOA57D Motorsport VW Golf GTI in seventh outright.

The B1 win went to Karlie Buccini and Courtney Prince (#999 Buccini Transport BMW 135i) from eighth outright, while Brent Peters took the B2 win from ninth on the road in the #32 Luxe Performance Commodore SSV.

Rounding out the ten and third for A1 was Zaki Wazir and Tom Shaw, who shared the driving duties in the #15 VSP BMW 1M.

Michael Rowell and his A2 #3 Rowell Logistics Ford Mustang GT was unable to front for today’s racing, after suffering an ECU failure during practice.

Race two will be held on Saturday the 1st of June at 11.15am and will be streamed live on 7plus.

Race three will then be held on Saturday afternoon at 4.35pm, before the fourth and final race of the weekend on Sunday the 2nd of June at 8.55am.

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Note: all results provisional