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RESULTS - Monday Night GT3 League 2014 - Round 4 @ Zandvoort NED

Friday, May 09, 2014

The sandy dunes of Zandvoort provided a naturally hilly circuit for the GT3 drivers to play on this week. A mix of cornering challenges meant that each car could excel at various points across the track. Therefore, we saw five different manufacturers represented across the field.
Ross Rizzo had taken the first 3 wins so far – could he take a 4th?

Qually:

Tim Hamilton posted the first competitive qualifying time during the session in his Lamborghini. Jason Brooks in the McLaren took a few laps to bank a strong time but made it count with a 1:46.5. Ross Rizzo, in the same car, pushed it harder and recorded a 1:45.9. Shane Gilfeather was clearly impressed, “That’s ridiculous!” In the dying seconds, Francarlo Rizzo placed his Nissan GTR on the front row.

Race:

After a few ‘incidents’ on a formation lap, the race was finally underway and was remained rather clean. Nathan Tregarthen and Tim had first lap loops, but kept it off the wall and within sight of the pack. The entire field was lucky to avoid Shane’s spinning Porsche. Uncharacteristically, Jason spent a lot of time at the rear of the pack – who would challenge the Rizzo boys now? Nevertheless, two heroes emerged in the form of Allan Marks in his Ferrari and Chris Herringe to lead the best of the rest with smart driving through the pack. A great battle was forged between Allan and Tim, the latter having to force the thread through the needle. Nathan watched closely behind, cautiously – but smart. Allan out-braked himself and shot through the chicane only to make contact/accidental payback to Tim (both cars still race-able).

Nathan was the first to pit at 12 laps in just as Shane was about to join the battle. Allan followed him in too but with a little bit of damage to fix. The remainder of the field chose lap 15 to get their business done in pit lane. Strategies emerged as a split between either two or three stoppers. By the time all had played out; Allan, Jason and Shane were all stuck together – forced to race the ol’ fashioned way on the circuit. Meanwhile up front, Ross answered our first question – yes, he made it win number 4 and rather convincingly. Francarlo and Tim ensured that all the podium champagne would be consumed up in the Queensland store (for this night at least).

Race Result:

Finish

Start

Gain/Loss

Driver

Car

Race time

Fastest lap

Qual. time

1

1

-

Ross Rizzo

McLaren MP4-12C

82:22.264

1:45.968

1:45.983

2

2

-

Francarlo Rizzo

Nissan GT-R GT3

+1:29.109

1:46.551

1:46.058

3

4

+1

Tim Hamilton

Lamborghini Gallardo

+1:30.136

1:47.281

1:46.899

4

7

+3

Nathan Tregarthan

Porsche 997 CupR

+1 lap

1:47.580

1:48.281

5

5

-

Shane Gilfeather

Porsche 997 CupR

+1 lap

1:46.966

1:48.281

6

6

-

Allan Marks

Ferrari 458 Italia

+2 laps

1:49.005

1:48.371

7

3

-4

Jason Brooks

McLaren MP4-12C

+2 laps

1:46.673

1:46.579

8

8

-

Chris Herringe

McLaren MP4-12C

+3 laps

1:50.236

1:50.403


Championship Table:

 

        2014 GT3 League
Drivers State Race 1  Race 2  Race 3 Race 4 Race 5 Race 6 Race 7 Race 8 Race 9 Race 10 Race 11 Race 12 Total Points Current Place
Ross Rizzo QLD 20 20 20 20                 80 1st
Francarlo Rizzo QLD 15 17 15 17                 64 2nd
Jason Brooks NSW 17 13 17 10                 57 3rd
Tim Hamilton QLD 7 15 13 15                 50 4th
Nathan Tregarthan NSW 3 10 10 13                 36 5th
Allan Marks NSW 8 8 8 11                 35 6th
Shane Van Gilfeather NSW 0 12 11 12                 35 7th
Nikolai Valge NSW 10 11 12 0                 33 8th
Chris Herringe QLD 12 6 0 9                 27 9th
Pat O'Reilly NSW 9 9 7 0                 25 10th
Iain Salteri QLD 13 0 0 0                 13 11th
Ryan Healy QLD 11 0 0 0                 11 12th
Iain McIntosh QLD 0 0 9 0                 9 13th
Chris Paras NSW 0 7 0 0                 7 14th
Rob Cooper QLD 6 0 0 0                 6 15th
Justin Wilson NSW 5 0 0 0                 5 16th
Luke Bannano NSW 4 0 0 0                 4 17th
Evan Golbach NSW 2 0 0 0                 2 18th
Todd Varacalli QLD 1 0 0 0                 1 19th

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