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RESULTS: Wednesday Night V8 League - Round 11 @ Bathurst NSW

Friday, October 17, 2014

In the build up to Australia’s greatest race of the year, race fans flock to Racecentre to get their driving fix. What better way is there to appreciate what the drivers go through than to race it yourself, right? For the V8 league, double points were on offer for the 2 hour race with no co-drivers to lighten the load.

Quallify:

Drivers received only one hot-lap in qualifying, a pressure similar to the top-10 shootout. Chris Beresford rose to the occasion giving his very own version of the ‘Lap of the Gods’ for pole position. The qualifying format was perhaps a little too tricky to handle for a trio of the other quick drivers who failed to post a clean lap.

Race:

Chris demonstrated a typical ‘Mark Skaife’ type start by dropping a few positions on the opening lap. Shane Gilfeather launched into first place from fourth with Matt Pisani close behind. However, Matt made an early mistake which handed the other Matt (Anderson) second place. Enda Murphy and Gavalas quickly made up for their poor qualifying by jumping up to fourth and fifth respectively in the opening laps.

As the first round of pit stops approached, drivers were keeping a very close eye on their right rear tyre wear. Matt A blinked first near the 9-lap mark, whilst Shane managed 10. The rest of the front runners managed to stretch a few laps further, some reporting more than 14 laps. It soon became obvious that we were seeing a varied approach to car-setup and driving styles that could ultimately decide a race. Shane appeared to control the pace most of the race, whilst pit stop cycles allowed Chris, Enda and Matt A a couple of brief opportunities to lead.

Like we have come to expect at Bathurst, the unexpected often happens. Chris and Greg both found themselves caught out by the track – Greg, quite literally found himself on the other side of the barricade. Up front, the tension was building as Shane soon realised that he would have to succumb to an extra stop compared to the other guys managing tyres. His answer – put the foot down and go for it! A spirited charge put Shane a mere one second lead to Matt A after exiting pit lane for his final stop. Shane, in the zone, put in stunning drive to completely drive away from Matt and the rest of the field from there. Despite having to stop an extra time compared to most of his rivals, he managed to lap all but two other cars! Matt A and Enda rounded out the podium, followed by Wade Keenan who had started from last!

Next round is the Gold Coast drivers' home track, and arguably an even tougher one than Bathurst – Expect some Carnage!

By Matt Anderson

Race Results:

 

Finish Start Diff +/- Driver Car Laps Race time Fastest lap Qual. time
1 4 +3 Shane Gilfeather HOLDEN 55 1:57:26.031 2:02.045 2:05.263
2 6 +4 Matt Anderson FORD 55 +0:07.418 2:02.649 2:13.651
3 10 +7 Enda Murphy FORD 55 +1:35.456 2:03.276 n/a
4 11 +7 Wade Keenan FORD 54 +1 lap 2:04.509 n/a
5 3 -2 Troy Czislowski FORD 54 +1 lap 2:05.181 2:04.646
6 5 -1 Frank Papoutsis FORD 54 +1 lap 2:05.182 2:05.562
7 8 +1 Mick Spiteri HOLDEN 54 +1 lap 2:04.703 2:29.995
8 2 -6 Matt Pisani FORD 53 +2 laps 2:05.009 2:02.137
9 7 -2 Ben Weeks FORD 50 +5 laps 2:10.915 2:20.860
10 9 -1 Greg Gavalas FORD 38 DNF 2:03.930 n/a
11 1 -10 Chris Beresford FORD 32 DNF 2:02.817 2:01.682

Championship Table:

 

      2014 V8 League
Drivers Race 1 Race 1(a) Race 2 Race 3 Race 4 Race 5 Race 6 Race 7 Race 8 Race 9 Race 10 Race 11 Race 12 Race 13 Race 14 Race 15   Total Points Current Place
David Lord 17 20 20 17 15 20 20 15 20 17 20 0         201 1st
Chris Beresford 0 0 15 13 13 17 13 10 15 20 17 12         145 2nd
Wade Keenan 0 12 13 0 0 13 9 12 17 15 13 26         130 3rd
Greg Gavalas 9 11 7 12 7 15 5 3 12 7 15 14         117 4th
Enda Murphy 0 0 10 9 2 11 17 11 13 11 0 30         114 5th
Matt Pisani 10 0 9 0 9 10 15 5 10 10 12 18         108 6th
Troy Czislowski 11 13 11 0 8 0 12 0 0 0 11 24         90 7th
Ben Weeks 5 8 3 8 4 6 3 2 7 6 8 16         76 8th
Justin Wilson 12 15 12 0 0 0 10 13 0 13 0 0         75 9th
Duran Nikora 13 17 17 15 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0         74 10th
Mick Spiteri 0 0 0 0 0 5 8 9 11 12 9 20         74 11th
Kevin Maartensz 6 9 8 10 6 9 7 4 0 5 7 0         71 12th
Iain McIntosh 0 0 5 7 0 0 6 7 8 9 10 0         52 13th
Ross Rizzo 0 0 0 0 20 0 0 20 0 0 0 0         40 14th
Shane Gilfeather 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 40         40 15th
Tim Hamilton 20 0 0 0 0 0 0 17 0 0 0 0         37 16th
Frank Papoutsis 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 8 0 22         36 17th
Iain Salteri 15 0 0 20 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0         35 18th
Jayme Hemi 4 10 0 0 3 4 4 1 0 3 6 0         35 19th
Michael Nicholas 8 0 6 0 0 7 0 0 0 0 0 0         21 20th
Jason Brooks 0 0 0 11 0 0 0 0 9 0 0 0         20 21st
Rob Cooper 7 0 0 0 0 12 0 0 0 0 0 0         19 22nd
Francarlo Rizzo 0 0 0 0 9 0 0 8 0 0 0 0         17 23rd
Michael Palladino 0 0 0 0 17 0 0 0 0 0 0 0         17 24th
Ben Martin 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 0 0 0 0 0         11 25th
Scott Durham 0 0 0 0 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0         10 26th
Todd Humphries 0 0 0 0 0 8 0 0 0 0 0 0         8 27th
Jordan Mulach 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 0 0 0         6 28th
Matt Anderson 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 34         34 29th
Josh Behn 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0         5 30th
Bobby Leprem 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0         4 31st
Brad Wilkinson 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0         4 32nd
Clint Vardy 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0         3 33rd
Jonathan Ede 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0         2 34th
Lucas Scholes 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0         2 35th
Thomas Pappin 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0           1 36th

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