Shahin Wins Second GTWC Australia Title
Yasser Shahin claimed his second consecutive Fanatec GT World Challenge Australia powered by AWS title by winning two out of three races at the Adelaide season finale alongside Christopher Mies.
The opening race saw Mies narrowly hold off Kelvin van der Linde by less than second after the latter closed down a four-second gap to his fellow Audi Sport factory driver.
Van der Linde and Tony Bates then finished first on the road in Race 2 before receiving a five-second time penalty for a safety car infringement during the early stages.
That handed victory to the Audi pairing of Liam Talbot and Fraser Ross, while Bates and van der Linde settled for second and Shahin closed in on the title with fourth.
The final race of the season started with Shahin, Talbot and Bates running at the head of the field.
Mies then emerged from the driver swaps with a huge 17-second lead in Shahin’s The Bend-liveried Audi R8 LMS GT3 Evo II after a round of stops under a safety car.
Despite having his advantage erased by another safety car period later on, Mies held firm at the front to deliver both the win and the title for Shahin.
Talbot and Ross finished second after the latter bounced back from contact with van der Linde, while Prince Abu Bakar Ibrahim and Jamie Whincup completed the podium for Triple Eight Race Engineering.
Triple Eight’s other Mercedes-AMG GT3 Evo didn’t take part in any of the races after championship contender Prince Jefri Ibrahim crashed out of qualifying.
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On this weekend: Intercontinental GT Challenge powered by Pirelli (Yas Marina)