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RESULTS: Monday Mixed League Championship Round 7 - Porsche Cup (fixed) @ Mugello

Wednesday, July 10, 2013
This week’s mix league returned to being a fixed league by popular demand. Scott Durham’s track choice aimed to even up the field further since most drivers had little experience on the circuit. The Carrera Cup Porsche a joy to drive on the fast-flowing Mugello. Sam Owen was out of the blocks early to post the first time, but Ross Rizzo held provisional pole over the first half of the qualifying session. Michael Palladino and David Lord take the front row respectably.

Race One – 10 laps

Lights out and there’s side-by-side racing all down the pack. There’s virtually nothing between the top 3 qualifiers over the opening laps. Nathan Tregarthen led as best of the rest but an unfortunate slide let the freight train through. David Lord led home Michael Palladino with Ross in third.

Race Two – 13 laps

Reverse grid, and Michael had to fight hard to get back to the front of strong field. Latecomer Jeremy Persnesz does an excellent job to hold off the others. Michael spins and Ross finds himself in first. Jason Brooks pressures Scott who’s already pressuring Jeremy. Jason dives into the pits for new rubber and a break from the traffic. Meanwhile Jeremy just runs wide to let Scott Durham through. After his spin, Michael does what Michael does best – overtaking people, Scott being an impressive but unfortunate example. Pitstops are thrown into the mix and this one gets too hard to predict. Non-stopper David nursed and cared for his tyres just enough to be ahead of Michael and Ross (separated by a couple of tenths).

Race 3 – 20 laps

The final enduro race started with a clean first lap, a common theme of the night. Michael gets the top spot but pressured off by David. Ross having no time for those games and jumps the both of them. Another tough break for Jason, running into a technical issue. The halfway point indicates that the one-stopper is the popular strategy for the long 20 laps and the pitlane gets busy. Scott stays out for lap leading bragging rights and soon returns to a solid fourth position. Just behind him, Francarlo Rizzo stayed in the hunt to pass Jeremy on the final turn of the race. It’s Michael’s plan that comes together to take the final battle of the night over Ross Rizzo then Lord. However Lord wins the night’s war and adds the 20 points to his championship campaign.

With the championship coming to a close its time for the drivers to drop their 2 lowest scoring rounds. Will this shake up the order as they cannot drop their points scored from the Final Round.

 

      2013 Mixed League
Drivers Race 1  Race 2  Race 3 Race 4 Race 5 Race 6 Race 7 Race 8   Dropped Points   Total Points Current Place
Michael Palladino 20 9 13 20 20 20 17     22 97 1st
David Lord 15 20 15 12 15 15 20     27 85 2nd
Iain Salteri 17 17 17 15 17 9 0     9 83 3rd
Ross Rizzo 10 13 20 17 13 0 15     10 78 4th
Jeremy Pernesz 13 15 12 13 11 0 10     10 64 5th
Jason Brooks 7 13 8 11 9 17 9     15 59 6th
Scott Durham 12 0 9 9 12 0 13     0 55 7th
Francarlo Rizzo 8 10 11 0 10 0 12     0 51 8th
Nathan Trentgarthen 9 11 0 8 0 11 8     0 47 9th
Sam Owen 11 0 7 10 8 10 7     7 46 10th
Shane Gilfeather 0 0 10 0 0 0 11     0 21 11th
Enda Murphy 0 7 0 0 0 13 0     0 20 12th
Bobby Leprem 0 0 0 0 0 12 0     0 12 13th
Josh Hunter 0 8 0 0 0 0 0     0 8 14th
Darren C 0 0 0 0 0 8 0     0 8 14th
Andre Heimgartner 0 6 0 0 0 0 0     0 6 15th

 By Matt Anderson

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