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RESULTS: Wednesday Night 2016 V8 League - Round 7 @ Hidden Valley NT

Monday, June 20, 2016

Qually:

A newcomer to the League was making waves as he was setting some impressive laptimes that was keeping him at the top of the board. The Qually session was pretty much the same as he set his low 1:04.345 which puts him on Pole ahead of James Owen and David Carer.

Race 1:

James Foster holds his own into T1 while James Owen slips back a few spots to P13. Tim Hamilton is sliding his way up into P3 up 3 places. Steven Wright is having a good stint currently in P6 defending off James Owen who is charging back through the field. Matt Pisani is having troubles on the circuit as he could be having mechanical issues with the car. Dave Carter catches James Foster and takes the lead. Foster is still on his tail as he fights to get it back. Carter is pulling away though and Tregarthen can smell blood….. Foster blood….. With 2 laps to go its going to be close. Delaney is off the pace tonight but still manages to keep in P4 ahead of James Owen who is smashing it through the pack. He finishes in P5. Carter takes the win with Tregarthen in 2nd. A fantastic drive from Foster as he finishes in P3.

Race 2:

OK…. Reverse Gris for Race 2 Matt Pisani gets a great start as he jumps around Jayme Hemi and there is a massive pile up on the exit of T1. Steven Wright coming off worse and now finds himself stuck in the sand trap for about 10 seconds. Nathan Reddacliff is having an awesome race in P1 in front of Greg Gavalas and Tim Hamilton. Greg takes the lead but is soon swamped himself by Tim Hamilton. Now its 3 wide going into the braking zone of T1 between Gavalas, Tregarthen and Owen.

We had to restart with a 10 lap sprint due to connection issues. Its 5 wide into T1. A much cleaner effort as most make it out alive. Reddacliffe repeats his efforts as he is in P1 with Delaney close behind. Its an awesome sight watching the lead pack charge down main straight to complete the first lap. Mick Spiteri is an early retirement due to setup issues. Gavalas gets a suspected love tap that sends him into the sand trap of T1 this has cost him dearly as Foster and Murphy take advantage. Hamilton struggling a bit in this race as he is in P7 behind Foster. Its James Owen who takes the honours ahead of Delaney and Carter.

Race 3:

I think the temps in Darwin is effecting the drivers as are going stir crazy and talking schmack. James Owen leads the pack through T1 for the 3rd race of the night. James Foster is back in the mix as he is sitting in P3 in between Carter and Tregarthen. After race 2 disaster Greg Gavalas is out to redeem himself and he is sitting in P5 with a pit stop to come. Some of the other drivers have started to pit for fresh rubber but is it too soon ??? Foster left the lead and re-joins in P8 right behind Matt Pisani. He soon dives in the lane for his set. Gavalas was oh so close to the pits before his tyres blew. On the final turn. It didn’t help that as a result 3 people have ploughed into the back of him turning him round like spinning top 1 after the other. Tregarthen is a way back in P7 at the moment. Not sure whats happening there ?? He’s 24 seconds down with 8 laps to go. Foster back out in front but is he smashing his tyres with his impressive times?? We will see towards the end of the race. Matt Pisani is having a better race as he is currently in P7 with Mick Spiteri 4 seconds behind. Enda is in P9 but he’s been better before in the previous race. Tregarthen has managed to work his way back up into P4 as he pips Tim Hamilton on the last lap. Carter finishes in 3rd. Owen in P2 and Foster holds on for his maiden win on his Rookie attempt. Well Done !!!!!!!!

By Shane Gilfeather 

>>Race Results<<

Championship Points:

 

      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 17                     118 1st
Nathan Tregarten 13 20 12 17 20 11 13                     106 2nd
James Delaney 15 17 11 13 12 17 12                     97 3rd
James Owen 12 0 9 9 17 15 20                     82 4th
Tim Hamilton 17 15 0 11 11 0 11                     65 5th
Mick Spiteri 0 9 15 10 8 12 7                     61 6th
Matt Pisani 7 8 10 8 4 13 9                     59 7th
Iain Macintosh 9 12 13 12 10 0 0                     56 8th
Daniel Oppedisano 10 0 17 20 6 0 0                     53 9th
Greg Gavalas 8 6 4 4 7 9 8                     46 10th
Enda Murphy 2 0 7 6 1 7 10                     33 11th
Steven Wright 1 3 8 7 5 0 6                     30 12th
Jayme Hemi 6 0 1 3 2 8 3                     23 13th
Troy Czislowski 0 5 5 5 3 0 5                     23 14th
Wade Benson 4 11 6 0 0 0 0                     21 15th
Scott Durham 0 0 0 0 9 10 0                     19 16th
Francarlo Rizzo 0 0 0 0 15 0 0                     15 17th
James Foster 0 0 0 0 0 0 15                     15 18th
David Lord 0 10 2 0 0 0 0                     12 19th
Jaycie Richards 11 0 0 0 0 0 0                     11 20th
Brad Martin 5 4 0 0 0 0 0                     9 21st
Bryce Fullwood 0 7 0 0 0 0 0                     7 22nd
Nathan Reddacliffe 0 0 3 0 0 0 4                     7 23rd
Bailey Nicholas 3 0 0 0 0 0 0                     3 24th

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