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RESULTS: Monday Night GT3 League 2014 - Round 7 @ Spa-Francorchamps 24hr

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

It seemed the weekend had caught up to a few drivers tonight as we had several guys anxious to get this 2 hour race over and done with on the first few turns, although Francarlo Rizzo’s pit crew worked incredibly fast to get his G27 back up and running, which saw him stranded on the grid.

Qually:

Alan Marks had set the bar high with a clear advantage on the Qually time that saw him take pole and left the rest of the field wondering just how they were going to catch him.



Race:

After 3 false starts, we were underway, but it was clear from the onset, it was going to be a test of mental toughness to see who can go the distance. 

Once drivers had settled into their rhythms it was smooth sailing for the majority of the field, however, mechanical failure saw Sam Owen & Francarlo Rizzo call it an early day, with only having completed 16 & 14 laps respectively.

Crucial pit stops saw the lead change several times as this race was shaping up as a strategic mind game and it was going to take grit and determination to finish the victor.

At the half way point, Tim Hamilton was out in front with a whole 18 second lead, leaving Jason Brooks and Pat O’Reilly tussle it out for second spot.

Ross Rizzo was looking like he was running a very tidy race having only pitted once in 34 laps.  His tight line and mental discipline could mean a late surge on a podium finish!

David Lord & Shane Gilfeather were enjoying an extremely playful game of cat and mouse further down the field and looked like they were making the best of such a lengthy drive.

The final 10 laps saw an exciting race between Jason Brooks and Tim Hamilton, both exchanging the lead several times, however, it would be Jason the eventual winning holding out a slim 1.1 second lead over Tim Hamilton over the final couple of laps. Taking the bottom step was Ross Rizzo who would find it strange as it is his first defeat after 8 races. Could this be a sign of things to come ?

The result would accelerate Jason Brooks to second spot in the championship.

By Daniel Gialdini 

Race Results:


Finish Start Diff +/- Driver Car Laps Race time Fastest lap Qual. time
1 3 +2 Jason Brooks McLaren MP4-12C 50 122:52.955 2:21.903 2:21.825
2 5 +3 Tim Hamilton Ferrari F430 50 +0:01.161 2:22.485 2:22.443
3 2 -1 Ross Rizzo McLaren MP4-12C 50 +0:28.854 2:23.979 2:21.379
4 1 -3 Allan Marks Ferrari F430 50 +1:39.697 2:23.513 2:21.234
5 4 -1 Pat O'Reilly McLaren MP4-12C 50 +1:45.359 2:23.149 2:22.345
6 12 +6 Shane Gilfeather BMW Z4 48 +2 laps 2:23.737 n/a
7 9 +2 Nathan Tregarthan Ferrari 458 Italia 48 +2 laps 2:26.107 2:25.768
8 7 -1 David Lord Mercedes SLS AMG 45 DNF 2:23.099 2:22.557
9 8 -1 Andy Lardner McLaren MP4-12C 45 +5 laps 2:27.980 2:25.342
10 6 -4 Francarlo Rizzo McLaren MP4-12C 16 DNF 2:22.530 2:22.554
11 10 -1 Sam Owen Ferrari 458 Italia 14 Suspension 2:29.193 2:27.195

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 20 20 17           137 1st
Jason Brooks NSW 17 13 17 10 17 17 20           111 2nd
Francarlo Rizzo QLD 15 17 15 17 15 15 7           101 3rd
Tim Hamilton QLD 7 15 13 15 13 13 17           93 4th
Allan Marks NSW 8 8 8 11 12 11 13           71 5th
Nathan Tregarthan NSW 3 10 10 13 9 12 10           67 6th
Shane Van Gilfeather NSW 0 12 11 12 10 10 11           66 7th
Pat O'Reilly NSW 9 9 7 0 8 9 12           54 8th
Chris Herringe QLD 12 6 0 9 7 0 0           34 9th
Nikolai Valge NSW 10 11 12 0 0 0 0           33 10th
Chris Paras NSW 0 7 0 0 5 7 0           19 11th
David Lord NSW 0 0 0 0 0 6 9           15 12th
Iain Salteri QLD 13 0 0 0 0 0 0           13 13th
Ryan Healy QLD 11 0 0 0 0 0 0           11 14th
Stuart Vaughan NSW 0 0 0 0 11 0 0           11 15th
Iain McIntosh QLD 0 0 9 0 0 0 0           9 16th
Tim Calvert NSW 0 0 0 0 0 8 0           8 17th
Andy Lardner QLD 0 0 0 0 0 0 8           8 18th
Rob Cooper QLD 6 0 0 0 0 0 0           6 19th
Enda Murphy QLD 0 0 0 0 6 0 0           6 20th
Sam Owen NSW 0 0 0 0 0 0 6           6 21st
Justin Wilson NSW 5 0 0 0 0 0 0           5 22nd
Luke Bannano NSW 4 0 0 0 0 0 0           4 23rd
Andrew Clarke NSW 0 0 0 0 4 0 0           4 24th
Evan Golbach NSW 2 0 0 0 0 0 0           2 25th
Todd Varacalli QLD 1 0 0 0 0 0 0           1 26th

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