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2018 Round 3 - Jones takes the round as Shields breaks the lap record.   
Story By: Administrator  Date: 9/06/2018 at 3:14:47 PM [photo: Darrell Hamilton] 
Jones Motorsport's young Queensland driver Harri Jones has closed the gap further to series leader Cameron Shields from McDonalds Gilmour Racing by winning round 3 at Morgan Park over the weekend, though he didn't have it all his way with Shields claiming the outright lap record and winning race 3.

A heavy shower shortly before the feature race saw the field start on wets and an oil spill in the race before made the track treacherous. Shields got the jump off the line holding the lead till the end of the 15 lap race, Jones though was right on his tail right throughout. Shields' teammate Richard Peasey had an outstanding debut crossing the line 3rd winning the National class completing a clean-sweep. R-Tek Motorsport's Roman Krumins was being caught hand over fist by teammate Andrew Roberts, the two going the the final two corners nose to tail but as Roberts tried to pull along side he spun on the wet offline leaving Krumins to finish 4th maintaining his National Class lead. Roberts recovered for 5th ahead of Flo Fast Racing's Bruce McKenzie who rewarded his team's Friday night heroics with 6th.

Earlier in the day conditions were very cold and damp for Race 2 with all drivers taking it very cautious in the early laps. Jones held the lead at the start with Shields close on his tail for the first 9 laps. As they were coming through lapped traffic Shields was in a position to pass Jones on the inside of turn 6, only to come across yellow flags for the beached McKenzie which brought out the safety car.

The safety car came in with one lap to go where Jones was able to hold off Shields who was later handed a 5 second time penalty for a jumped start. This didn't make any difference as Shields was 8 seconds clear of teammate Peasey winning the National Class. Krumins was next ahead of teammate Roberts who held off a fast finishing Jason Hore and Blake Varney who had spun on lap 2. McAlpine Racing's Ross McAlpine was next across the line taking 3rd for the Premier class with Wilson Team Racing's Shane Wilson 9th after spinning on the opening lap.

Saturday Jones made the most of his first All Properties Group pole position award and a stall off the grid by Shields to take a comfortable victory with his fastest lap being under the outright lap record, he was pipped to the record though by Shields who did a lap of 1:07.543 to claimed the record on his recovery to 3rd place behind Peasey

Krumins had a race long battle with local Varney with Krumins holding out for 2nd in class. Jason was next across the line followed by Wilson and Roberts.

Flo Fast Racing performed a Friday night miracle to have McKenzie back on track after his incident with Jones in practice. McAlpine was the only retirement suffering a spin as he continues to come to grips with his new Mygale.

Jones and McKenzie collide

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