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RESULTS: Wednesday Night V8 League - Round 12 @ Gold Coast QLD

Monday, October 27, 2014

A quick turnaround was required for V8 teams to prepare for Surfers Paradise after the last epic race at Bathurst. The short Gold Coast lap is defined by off-camber corners, two-wheel action, all packaged between intimidating barriers and nasty chicanes. 

Qualify:

Drivers were given extended practice to master the track, whilst a 5 minute qualifying session dished out some intensity. David Lord, fresh off his recent World Time-Attack success, required just one lap to claim pole.

Race:

In a flashback to V8 Supercar’s ‘mandatory international’ rounds, the start of race one was chaotic. Ben Weeks spun off the line into the immediate path of Iain McIntosh. Four cars were handed warnings for cutting the first chicane, perhaps trying to avoid a spinning Alex Hyde. The local Queensland boys effectively handed the top-5 spots to Sydney. Lord pulled a 5 second lead early and focused on maintaining the gap. Mike Spiteri’s car looked a bit battered but he still muscled it into 2nd past Greg Gavalas. Shane Van Gilfeather’s spin required a difficult rejoin on the narrow track and he lost three positions. Matt Pisani battled and swapped positions with Daniel Oppedisano multiple times, whilst Iain snuck past the both of them in an excellent comeback. Lord remained unchallenged over Spiteri and Gavalas.


Race two’s grid featured a reverse of qualifying order. Weeks, Gilfeather, Gavalas and Troy Czislowski were all caught up in the first chicane drama. Lord avoided the mess, only to connect with a tyre bundle all on his own. Gavalas and Jayme Hemi found space on the track and set quick times in the 1:10’s. Weeks and Pisani opted to pit at the half way point for this slightly longer race. A gaggle of cars followed suit after lap 12/18, perhaps realising it was quite a stretch on the rear tyres. To their surprise, Spiteri and Lord nursed the cars home on the one tyre set for 1st and 2nd respectively. McIntosh scored the final podium spot.


Race three was contested almost double distance of the earlier race which added even more variance for pit strategy. Unlike the other races, the field got away cleanly (through the first chicane at least). Hemi was the first casualty who had lit it up on the exit of the hairpin. Lord bust out a 3 second lead on the opening lap, followed by a lightning 1:08. After that, most drivers settled into a rythmn. Spiteri clipped the wall, lost the splitter, required an early stop and dropped to 10th. The two stop strategy seemed to be the most common choice. Spiteri also impressed with an awesome recovery effort, pipping McIntosh on the final lap. But once again, Lord opted for one less which led to him lapping the entire field!

By Matt Anderson

Race Results:

 

Driver Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Points
David Lord 1 2 1 57
Mick Spiteri 2 1 2 54
Iain McIntosh 4 3 3 43
Greg Gavalas 3 4 5 40
Matt Pisani 5 6 4 36
Daniel Oppedisano 6 8 7 30
Troy Czislowski 7 7 8 29
Shane Gilfeather 8 9 6 28
Jayme Hemi 11 5 11 24
Ben Weeks 9 10 9 23
Alex Hyde 10 11 10 20

Drivers Standings:

 

      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   Drop Points Total Points Current Place
David Lord 17 20 20 17 15 20 20 15 20 17 20 0 20       47 174 1st
Chris Beresford 0 0 15 13 13 17 13 10 15 20 17 12 0       12 133 2nd
Wade Keenan 0 12 13 0 0 13 9 12 17 15 13 26 0       0 130 3rd
Enda Murphy 0 0 10 9 2 11 17 11 13 11 0 30 0       0 114 4th
Greg Gavalas 9 11 7 12 7 15 5 3 12 7 15 14 13       22 108 5th
Matt Pisani 10 0 9 0 9 10 15 5 10 10 12 18 12       14 106 6th
Troy Czislowski 11 13 11 0 8 0 12 0 0 0 11 24 10       0 100 7th
Mick Spiteri 0 0 0 0 0 5 8 9 11 12 9 20 17       0 91 8th
Justin Wilson 12 15 12 0 0 0 10 13 0 13 0 0 0       0 75 9th
Duran Nikora 13 17 17 15 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0       0 74 10th
Ben Weeks 5 8 3 8 4 6 3 2 7 6 8 16 7       12 71 11th
Kevin Maartensz 6 9 8 10 6 9 7 4 0 5 7 0 0       4 67 12th
Iain McIntosh 0 0 5 7 0 0 6 7 8 9 10 0 15       0 67 13th
Shane Gilfeather 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 40 9       0 49 14th
Jayme Hemi 4 10 0 0 3 4 4 1 0 3 6 0 8       0 43 15th
Ross Rizzo 0 0 0 0 20 0 0 20 0 0 0 0 0       0 40 16th
Tim Hamilton 20 0 0 0 0 0 0 17 0 0 0 0 0       0 37 17th
Frank Papoutsis 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 8 0 22 0       0 36 18th
Iain Salteri 15 0 0 20 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0       0 35 19th
Matt Anderson 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 34 0       0 34 20th
Michael Nicholas 8 0 6 0 0 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0       0 21 21st
Jason Brooks 0 0 0 11 0 0 0 0 9 0 0 0 0       0 20 22nd
Rob Cooper 7 0 0 0 0 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0       0 19 23rd
Francarlo Rizzo 0 0 0 0 9 0 0 8 0 0 0 0 0       0 17 24th
Michael Palladino 0 0 0 0 17 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0       0 17 25th
Daniel Oppedisano 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 11       0 11 26th
Ben Martin 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 0 0 0 0 0 0       0 11 27th
Scott Durham 0 0 0 0 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0       0 10 28th
Todd Humphries 0 0 0 0 0 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0       0 8 29th
Jordan Mulach 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 0 0 0 0       0 6 30th
Ben Weeks 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6       0 6 31st
Alex Hyde 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6       0 6 32nd
Josh Behn 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0       0 5 33rd
Bobby Leprem 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0       0 4 34th
Brad Wilkinson 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0       0 4 35th
Clint Vardy 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0       0 3 36th
Jonathan Ede 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0       0 2 37th
Lucas Scholes 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0       0 2 38th
Thomas Pappin 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0       0 1 39th

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