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RESULTS - Monday Night Mixed League 2014 - Indy Car @ Las Vegas

Thursday, February 06, 2014

This week we raced the Indy Cars at Las Vegas. It’s a tight, narrow circuit – the boys will have to be careful of those concrete walls.

 Qualifying Results:

 Ross Rizzo was the fastest, grabbing P1. Jason Brooks and Francarlo Rizzo took out the minor placings, followed by Iain Salteri, Wade Keenan, Scott McDonald, Josh Ganderton, and Chris Herringe.

 Race 1:

 Race 1 was a 15 lap sprint. Ross and Jason had the front row, but it was Josh from P7 who made the most ground from the start. Ross held his lead over Jason for the first few laps, before a small error handed the lead to Jason. Ross fought hard to catch him, and managed to pass him for the win. Francarlo also managed to sneak by to claim P2. At the finish, it was Ross in P1, Francarlo in P2, with Jason filling out the podium in third place. Most of the other drivers managed to find the fence and lose a front wing – a costly pitstop for each repair saw the field spread out. Fastest lap of the race went to Jason Brooks, with a 1:14:586 – a time that would prove to be the quickest of the evening.

 Race 2 – Reverse Grid

 Race 2 was another 15 lap sprint, with a reverse grid – these are always interesting to watch! Both of the Rizzo brothers made great starts from the rear of the grid, but the real drama was at the first corner when an unlucky Iain was collected by Jason. Jason lost a lap repairing damage in the pitstop that resulted, but Iain managed to fight on. The Rizzos picked their way through the chaos to emerge out in front, where they would duel for most of the race. Scott suffered an unfortunate DNF on Lap 2. Lap 8 saw more drama, with Josh damaging his suspension beyond repair. Francarlo also had a spin, handing the lead to his brother. Ross held onto the lead until he also spun on the final lap and gifted the win to Francarlo. Iain grabbed P3, followed by Wade, Jason, and Josh. Fastest lap went to Ross with a 1:15:716.

 Race 3

 Race 3 was shortened to 25 laps due to time constraints. The Rizzo brothers started from the front, but a spin from Ross at the first corner saw Francarlo take the lead. Jason and Wade slotted into P3 and P4 respectively. As the race progressed, it was clear that the Rizzo brothers were going to be tough to beat. At the front, the battle was between Francarlo, Jason, and Ross. Damage saw early pitstops for Scott and Wade, putting them a lap down on the leaders. By halfway, Iain is forced to retire with damaged suspension, no doubt a victim of the nasty Las Vegas curbs. The leaders have pitted and were racing to the flag. Ross manages to claw his way past Jason, on the hunt for his brother. With 5 laps to go, a spin for Ross gives Francarlo a handy buffer, will Ross be able to recover and chase him down? Ross puts up a good fight, but ultimately the win goes to Francarlo by 8 seconds over his brother Ross, followed home in third place by Jason. Fourth went to Wade, and Scott was fifth. Ross took out the fastest lap of this race as well, with a  1:14:709.

 Despite a strong showing tonight by the Rizzo brothers, the points table still has Jason Brooks out in front and flying the flag for NSW on 55 points. QLD takes out the next few positions - Wade remains in P2 with 39, followed by Ross with 34, and Francarlo with 32 points.

Race Results:

 

Overall Driver Race 1 Race 2 Race 3
1st Francalo Rizzo 2nd 1st 1st
2nd Ross Rizzo 1st 2nd 2nd
3rd Jason Brooks 3rd 5th 3rd
4th Wade Keenen 4th 4th 4th
5th Iain Salteri 5th 3rd 6th
6th Josh Ganderton 6th 6th 7th
7th Scott McDonald 7th 7th 5th
8th Chris Herringe 8th 8th 8th

League Standings:

 

        2014 Mixed League
Drivers State Race 1  Race 2  Race 3 Race 4 Race 5 Race 6 Race 7 Race 8 Total Points Current Place
Jason Brooks NSW 20 20 15           55 1st
Wade Keenan QLD 15 11 13           39 2nd
Ross Rizzo QLD 0 17 17           34 3rd
Francarlo Rizzo QLD 0 12 20           32 4th
Jeremy Pernesz NSW 13 15 0           28 5th
Josh Ganderton QLD 12 0 10           22 6th
Enda Murphy QLD 11 10 0           21 7th
Chris Herringe QLD 0 9 9           18 8th
Tim Hamilton QLD 17 0 0           17 9th
Todd Varacalli QLD 0 13 0           13 10th
Iain Salteri QLD 0 0 12           12 11th
Scott McDonald NSW 0 0 11           11 12th

By Darren Chambers / Todd varacalli

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