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RESULTS - Monday Night Mixed League 2014 - Porsche Cup @ Laguna Seca

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Well last night saw the start of the racing season for our mixed League competitors for 2014. Heavy storms kept most drivers from making the start at our new Gold Coast store. The car was the Porsche Carrera Cup and the track was the Laguna Seca GP circuit. Lets see how they did.

Race 1 – 13 Laps

A great start by Wade Keenan, sprinting from P4 to P2 in the first corner. Josh Ganderton slots into P3 by the end of Lap 1. By the second lap, Jason Brooks was clearing out – looks like he’ll be hard to beat today. Our new driver Wade was holding his own in P2. Tim Hamilton was the first to pit on Lap 7, followed on Lap 9 by Wade. Tim manages to leapfrog Wade during the pitstop, taking P2. Jason Brooks is out to a 30 second lead with just 1 lap to go – only disaster will keep him from taking Race 1. He holds on for the win with Tim Hamilton in P2 and 3rd was Wade Keenan

Race 2 – 13 Laps, Reverse Qualifying Grid

Tim makes a great start, closely followed by Jeremy Pernesz. There’s some rubbing in the first lap, a tap from Wade sees Enda spin at Turn 3. Those reverse grids are always interesting! Jason takes the lead on Lap 3, and begins to pull away from the field – leaving Tim and Jeremy in a gripping battle for second and third, swapping positions cleanly several times on Lap 5. Jeremy can’t hold on, and spins at Turn 1 handing P3 to Wade. Tim is still 2 seconds clear of him. Wade, Jeremy, and Jason all pit on Lap 8, leaving Tim to take the lead until he pits on Lap 9. By Lap 10, Jason is still out in front, and Tim had maintained his 2 second lead over Wade in third place. Jason takes Race 3 in a last-to-first effort. P2 goes to Tim and P3 goes to Wade.

Race 3 – 26 Laps

An even start sees a great battle develop between Tim, Wade, and Jason. After Lap 1, it’s Tim in P1, being chased by Wade, Jason, Enda, Jeremy, and Josh. So far, the racing is clean. Newcomer Wade takes the lead through the corkscrew on Lap 2, and Tim has a spin on the next corner. Lap 2 ends with Wade in P1, with Jason, Enda and Jeremy hot on his tail. Lap 3 sees another change for the lead with Jason pushing his way through. Jeremy tags Enda leaving him stranded in the sand and unable to continue. Lap 4 sees Tim making his comeback from his earlier spin, charging into P3 behind Jason and Wade. Lap 5 sees the field settle a little – but the racing is still close with the pack separated by less than 4 seconds, what a race!

Wade has a spin and tags a wall, handing P2 to Tim. On Lap 8, the top 3 drivers are covered by less than 12 seconds – it looks like pit strategy will play a huge part in this result. Who will blink first? It’s Wade, in for fresh rubber on Lap 9 – let’s see what he can do with that extra grip. By Lap 11, the rest of the field has also pitted, and the order remains unchanged. Jason still has the lead, followed by Tim, Wade, and Jeremy. Josh has disappeared from the timing monitors, it seems a crash has seen his day end early.

Tim has a spin on Lap 13, gifting P2 to Wade. These two seem to be inseparable in the fight for second place, and three laps later a tap from Tim sees Wade tour the gravel trap. Tim, knowing he was in the wrong, redresses the position and the battle resumes. On Lap 18, Tim gets the move done cleanly at Turn 1 – but the fight has given Jason a chance to drive away from the field to a 30-second lead.

By Lap 21 the final pitstops have been completed, and it’s a straight fight to the finish. With a handful of laps to go, Jason’s lead over Tim has been cut down to 20 seconds, with Wade a further 5 seconds back.

The flag drops at the end of Lap 26 it’s Jason Brooks with the win, followed by Tim, Wade, and Jeremy. Josh and Enda failed to finish on this tricky circuit.

Round 1 Results:

 

  Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Points
         
Jason Brooks 1 1 1 60
Tim Hamilton 2 2 2 51
Wade Keenan 3 3 3 45
Jeremy Pernesz 4 4 4 39
Josh Ganderton 5 6 5 35
Enda Murphy 6 5 6 34


Championship Table:

        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 1st
Tim Hamilton QLD 17               17 2nd
Wade Keenan QLD 15               15 3rd
Jeremy Pernesz NSW 13               13 4th
Josh Ganderton QLD 12               12 5th
Enda Murphy QLD 11               11 6th

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