Following an hour of racing on Friday evening, the stage is well and truly set for Mobil 1 Australian Production Cars’ infamous Fight in the Night, scheduled to hit the track at Queensland Raceway at 5.55pm this evening.

After an hour of exciting racing around ‘the Paperclip,’ the outright Mobil 1 APC placings were spread across three classes, with A2 competitor Coleby Cowham taking the outright and A2 win in the #25 TyrePlus Burleigh Ford Mustang, crossing the line ahead of Class X winner Beric Lynton (#23 Bruce Lynton Service BMW M3) and Class A1 winner, Cameron Crick (#118 DA Campbell Transport Mitsubishi Evo).

Rounding out the top five outright were Rob Gooley (2nd for X – #60 Speedcafe/Ultimate Diesel Tune BMW F82 M4) and George Miedecke (2nd for A2 – #95 Andrew Miedecke Ford Mustang).

Next on the road and taking the B2 class win was Ben Gersekowski in the #38 KCK Lubricants/Vic’s Timber BMW M3, who was sixth outright ahead of A1 runner-up, Tyler Mecklem (#9 Parramatta Vehicle Services Mitsubishi Evo), 3rd for class X Tim Leahey (#22 Leahey Auto Group/Bruce Lynton Service BMW F80 M3), 3rd for A2 Michael Rowell (#3 Rowell Logistics Ford Mustang) and Garry Beggs (#41 RED Holden Commodore – 4th for A2).

Also taking out class victories were Rob Rubis (B1 winner/11th outright – #29 Fierce Racing BMW 135i), Jake Camilleri (C winner/12th outright – #36 Grand Prix Mazda Caboolture Mazda 3 MPS), Shane Fowler (E winner/20th outright – #31 Mazda 3 SP23) and John Connolly (D winner/21st outright – #35 RaceAway Track Time Nissan Pulsar).

Camilleri crossed the line ahead of C class runner-up Tom Needham (13th outright – #34 All Carbitz Mazda 3 MPS), with Cem Yucel (3rd for A1 – #222 Harding Performance VW Golf), Karlie Buccini and Michael Von Rappard (2nd for B1 – #999 Brisbane Motor Works BMW 135i), Mitchell Randall and Chris Gunther in the #15 Wahlstrom Financial Services BMW M87 130i (3rd for C/16th outright) and Richard Shinkfield (2nd for B2 – #119 Axis Surveys BMW E92 M3) each also taking out podium placings in their classes from 14th to 17th outright respectively.

Striking trouble during the race were Sherrin Racing, with both of their Sherrin Racing BMW M4s suffering from fuel issues during the race while at the pointy end of the outright and Class X standings, with Grant Sherrin having been leading Class X and outright when he was forced to the pits in the final laps of the race in the #27 Sherrin Rentals BMW M4.

Also failing to finish the race were Liam Moyse and Chris Holdt, with Moyse damaging a gearbox in his #97 GenFit Toyota 86 and Chris Holdt suffering a fire in his #51 Lithostone Surfaces Holden Commodore VZ when exhaust sparks caused the tank to catch fire.

Missing the Friday race all together was Wade Scott in the #81 Graphteq/BSR Mitsubishi Evo 8 RS who was repairing damage after losing a wheel in qualifying, and the #39 GTECHNIQ/LME Care Audi TT RS of Amar Sharmar and Daniel Natoli, which unfortunately suffered engine problems in practice and will take no further part this weekend.

Round three of the 2023 Mobil 1 Australian Production Cars season continues today at Queensland Raceway, with the two hour Fight in the Night at 5.55pm ahead of a final one-hour race on Sunday morning.

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