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RESULTS: Wednesday Night 2016 V8 League - Round 6 @ Winton

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Qually:

With a few key drivers out for this round we had a scramble to see who can get closer to the front and this session will tell all. A few drivers finding it to as this track requires a bit of patience with the throttle for the tight and twisting turns. In practice Dave Carter looks the goods but we will see. James Delaney manages pole again but its close mates Mick Spiteri and Matt Pisani to lock out the top 3 grid spots.

Race 1:

Green flag drops and Mick Spiteri gets a great start with minimal wheel spin to lead the field around for the opening laps. Greg Gavalas and Enda Murphy both victims at Turn 3. A great scrap of 4 drivers up the front with Spiteri, Delaney, Carter and Owen. Tregarthen and Durham the next in P5 & 6. Tyre wear is a big issue here as the boys rely on them heavily to turn these tight corners. Spiteri slipping back into P3 as he’s looking after his. Enda Murphy is an early retirement. Jayme Hemi and Matt Pisani are duelling it out in P7 & 8. Dave Carter has just taken the lead from birthday boy James Delaney. James Owen now a further 4 secs back in P3. Spiteri runs wide as his tyres are on Canvas at the moment just waiting to blow. He loses one spot on the last turn to finish in P5. Matt Pisani after sitting in the back for most of the race cleans up towards the end to take P4. James Owen in P3, James Delaney in P2 and Dave Carter taking the WIN !!.

Race 2:

Reverse grid this time and as Nathan Tregarthen didn’t post a decent time in qually he got to lead the front of the race for a few laps. Jayme Hemi also doing a fantastice job in P2. Scott Durham in P3. The field is very tight this race P3 to P9 are all with a second of each other. Durham’s just lost it coming out of turn 2 and he heads back to P9. Gavalas holding firm in P4 with hotshot Delaney on his tail.  Up the front now and its Carter on the back of Tregarthen for P1 while James Owen is quietly confident in P3. Half way through and no better time to pit as the field starts to roll through the lane for fresh rubber. The top 4 now who haven’t pitted are back to within a second of each other. Tregarthen however peels off to the pits as he wont make it to the end on 1 set. Carter looking too good out front as he is stretching his lead out to 2 sec’s over James Owen with Delaney close behind. That’s the way they finish. Matt Pisani roles over the finish for his second 4th place of the night.

Race 3:

A much longer race to think of strategy. The start of the race was smooth and a train started to form. James Owen’s race was ruined as he found the grass at Turn 3. He’s in P7 trying his best. Again Pisani and Gavalas are mid pack trying to get some nice smooth laps in. Delaney, Carter and Spiteri are the 3 at the front leading the charge. Jayme Hemi struggling to come to grips with the tyre wear as he pits for the 3rd time. Carter has moved his way back to the lead with Delaney 6 secs behind and James Owen has done well to charge through the field on 1 pit stop to now be in 3rd position. Matt Pisani is looking for his third 4th of the night (just like Ricciardo this year) but he had Tregarthen hot on his heels. A solid performance from Carter as he takes 3 from 3 this round. Delaney very very close behind trailing 1.5 seconds in the end and james Owen holds on for 3rd.

By Shane Gilfeather

>>Race Results<<

Championship Table:  

 

      2016 V8 League  
Drivers R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10 R11 R12 R13 R14 R15 R16   Drop Points Total Points Current Place
Dave Carter 20 13 20 15 13 20                       101 1st
Nathan Tregarten 13 20 12 17 20 11                       93 2nd
James Delaney 15 17 11 13 12 17                       85 3rd
James Owen 12 0 9 9 17 15                       62 4th
Iain Macintosh 9 12 13 12 10 0                       56 5th
Tim Hamilton 17 15 0 11 11 0                       54 6th
Mick Spiteri 0 9 15 10 8 12                       54 7th
Daniel Oppedisano 10 0 17 20 6 0                       53 8th
Matt Pisani 7 8 10 8 4 13                       50 9th
Greg Gavalas 8 6 4 4 7 9                       38 10th
Steven Wright 1 3 8 7 5 0                       24 11th
Enda Murphy 2 0 7 6 1 7                       23 12th
Wade Benson 4 11 6 0 0 0                       21 13th
Jayme Hemi 6 0 1 3 2 8                       20 14th
Scott Durham 0 0 0 0 9 10                       19 15th
Troy Czislowski 0 5 5 5 3 0                       18 16th
Francarlo Rizzo 0 0 0 0 15 0                       15 17th
David Lord 0 10 2 0 0 0                       12 18th
Jaycie Richards 11 0 0 0 0 0                       11 19th
Brad Martin 5 4 0 0 0 0                       9 20th
Bryce Fullwood 0 7 0 0 0 0                       7 21st
Bailey Nicholas 3 0 0 0 0 0                       3 22nd
Nathan Reddacliffe 0 0 3 0 0 0                       3 23rd

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