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RESULTS: Monday Night GT3 League 2014 - Round 11 @ Fuji JPN

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Fuji speedway has undergone many variations throughout the years, but the long straight and deceptively technical remainder of the lap remains. Despite what appeared to be a very skilled field of drivers, the short lap surprisingly produced a wide spread in terms of lap times. Practice revealed that the trio of Jason, Ross and Francarlo as the only guys to find the elusive 1:30’s, a pace that was resumed in also Qualifying. Allan’s trademark Ferrari F430 topped the rest, followed by Tim’s Audi R8.

Race:

Tim flew off the start line into Turn one (sideways) prompting evasive action throughout the field. Pole sitter, Jason ran wide and required 4 laps to get back into the top-three. Andrew demonstrated great pace by keeping up with that three whilst multiple battle packs were forged behind. New guy, Isaac, awed the crowd with his opportunistic two-at-a-time passing. Nathan was the first to pit, unfortunately unplanned due to damage. The tactical stops were initiated by Jason after 14 laps, meaning potentially four stints. To his surprise, there was great variance on stint length as a shifty few managed 20 laps!

At the halfway point, the usual trio were within seconds of each other, led by Ross. Jason was on track to make an extra stop, but at least that meant he could throw down some ballsy laps for our entertainment. Allan and Tim continuously found each other battling on track trading places. Allan managed the undercut on Tim which was countered soon after. An optimistic dive ended with a collision and spin for Allan. Shane and Andrew both played their roles mid pack as they were joss ling for position for a few laps. They both knew that it wasn’t in their strategies as Andrew let Shane go in the end. The exit of the final turn claimed a couple of casualties as both Nathan and Shane fell victim to the outside ripple strips. Nathan went straight over while Shane clipped it and spun into the inside Armco.

As Ben and Andrew were getting used to the tyre management on the GT3’s they started to settle down in P8 & 9. The other rookies for the night were Kris Miller who was getting used to the aggressive oversteer of the Lamborghini and Isaac Vaccarella  who drove an impressive race finishing in a credible 7th place. Iain McIntosh found the wall a couple of times towards then and was forced to retire 7 laps from the finish. There was no stopping Ross out front while Francarlo had a nasty accident with a back marker to nurse it home in 2nd. Jason Brooks who held pole position and the fastest lap of the race finished in 3rd after going for a 3 pit strategy which ruined his chances of a win. Now he and Francarlo will decide who comes 2nd and 3rd in the Championship on the final race of the season.

By Matt Anderson / Shane Gilfeather

Race Results:

 

Finish Start Diff +/- Driver Car Laps Race time Fastest lap Qual. time
1 2 +1 Ross Rizzo Ferrari 458 Italia 56 88:02.899 1:30.919 1:30.772
2 3 +1 Francarlo Rizzo McLaren MP4-12C 56 +0:23.711 1:31.142 1:30.901
3 1 -2 Jason Brooks McLaren MP4-12C 56 +0:44.851 1:30.716 1:30.637
4 5 +1 Tim Hamilton Audi R8 LMS ULTRA 56 +1:08.528 1:31.646 1:31.469
5 4 -1 Allan Marks Ferrari F430 55 +1 lap 1:31.744 1:31.335
6 11 +5 Shane Gilfeather McLaren MP4-12C 55 +1 lap 1:31.794 1:34.064
7 10 +3 Isaac Vaccarella McLaren MP4-12C 55 +1 lap 1:33.244 1:32.851
8 8 - Nathan Tregarthan McLaren MP4-12C 54 +2 laps 1:32.278 1:32.462
9 9 - Ben Martin McLaren MP4-12C 54 +2 laps 1:33.331 1:32.617
10 6 -4 Andrew Donnelly Ferrari 458 Italia 54 +2 laps 1:31.851 1:31.566
11 7 -4 Iain McIntosh McLaren MP4-12C 49 Accident 1:32.447 1:32.380
12 12 - Kris Miller Lamborghini Gallardo 45 +11 laps 1:35.066 1:35.411

Championship Points:

        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 Drop Points Total Points Current Place
Ross Rizzo QLD 20 20 20 20 20 20 15 17 20 20 20     52 160 1st
Francarlo Rizzo QLD 15 17 15 17 15 15 7 20 17 17 17     37 135 2nd
Jason Brooks NSW 17 13 17 10 17 17 20 15 15 0 15     23 133 3rd
Tim Hamilton QLD 7 15 13 15 13 13 17 12 12 15 13     31 114 4th
Allan Marks NSW 8 8 8 11 12 11 13 11 13 10 12     24 93 5th
Shane Van Gilfeather NSW 0 12 11 12 10 10 11 7 10 12 11     17 89 6th
Nathan Tregarthan NSW 3 10 10 13 9 12 10 10 9 13 9     21 87 7th
Pat O'Reilly NSW 9 9 7 0 8 9 12 9 0 11 0     7 67 8th
Chris Herringe QLD 12 6 0 9 7 0 0 0 0 0 0     0 34 9th
Nikolai Valge NSW 10 11 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0     0 33 10th
Iain McIntosh QLD 0 0 9 0 0 0 0 8 8 0 6     0 31 11th
Enda Murphy QLD 0 0 0 0 6 0 0 0 7 9 0     0 22 12th
Chris Paras NSW 0 7 0 0 5 7 0 0 0 0 0     0 19 13th
David Lord NSW 0 0 0 0 0 6 9 0 0 0 0     0 15 14th
Iain Salteri QLD 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0     0 13 15th
Matt Anderson NSW 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 13 0 0 0     0 13 16th
Ryan Healy QLD 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0     0 11 17th
Stuart Vaughan NSW 0 0 0 0 11 0 0 0 0 0 0     0 11 18th
Scott McDonald NSW 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 0 0     0 11 19th
Isaac Vaccarella NSW 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 10     0 10 20th
Tim Calvert NSW 0 0 0 0 0 8 0 0 0 0 0     0 8 21st
Andy Lardner QLD 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 0 0 0 0     0 8 22nd
Ben Martin NSW 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8     0 8 23rd
Andrew Donnelly NSW 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7     0 7 24th
Rob Cooper QLD 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0     0 6 25th
Nicholas Fittock NSW 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 0 0     0 6 26th
Sam Owen NSW 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 0 0 0     0 6 27th
Kris Miller NSW 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5     0 5 28th
Justin Wilson NSW 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0     0 5 29th
Luke Bannano NSW 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0     0 4 30th
Andrew Clarke NSW 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0     0 4 31st
Evan Golbach NSW 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0     0 2 32nd
Todd Varacalli QLD 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0     0 1 33rd

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