Tommi Saunter-Chun has powered to a dramatic victory in Round 3 of the Shannons Insurance Circuit Excel eSeries at Phillip Island, moving from third to first place during a dramatic final lap of the one hour endurance race.
Saunter-Chun, who qualified 12th, made substantial ground early in the race, climbing five positions on the opening lap. Saunter-Chun continued making steady progress until he took his compulsory pit-stop on lap 22, the last of the drivers in the lead pack to do so, and rejoined in fifth position.
Saunter-Chun easily disposed of the Evolution Racing entries of Ethan Grigg-Gault and Jordan Caruso, who made the fatal mistake of not fitting new tyres during their pit stops, and commenced the final lap in third position.
He was able to overtake Lachlan Mineeff at Turn 3, before dramatically passing Jordan Ross for the lead at Turn 10 after Ross’s Audi RS3 TCR car ran out of fuel on the 36th and final lap.
Ross’s demise enabled Saunter-Chun to score victory ahead of Mineeff and Ben Bargwanna, with Caruso fourth ahead of Grigg-Gault, who protected his championship lead with a top-five finish.
Check out the dramatic conclusion to the race below.
Shannons Insurance Circuit Excel eSeries – Top 10 points (after Round 3)
- Ethan Grigg-Gault – 828
- Tommi Saunter-Chun – 674
- Ben Bargwanna – 612
- Aaron Oliver – 605
- Broc Feeney – 501
- Jordan Caruso – 460
- Lachlan Mineeff – 448
- Dylan Birse – 436
- Matt Brunt – 414
- Benjamin Smith – 398