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RESULTS: Wednesday Night V8 League: Round 10 @ Sandown VIC

Friday, September 13, 2013

With the V8 Endurance races starting the guys had had change their driving styles to think more about pit strategy. Sandown being the Victorian favourite was ready to showcase the great racing that was about to be unleashed.

Qualify:

The drivers didn’t waste any time on hitting the track for the quick Qually session as the times were very close in practise. To get a clear track on a 1 minute circuit was proving to be difficult but the guys showed great driving etiquette. With the Top 6 qualifying within 1 second of each other this race was set to be a real Doooozy !!!

Race: 60 Lap Enduro

Due to the long front straight into turn 1 the guys had a hard time finishing a clean opening lap. A couple of practise starts and we were underway. Michael Goode getting away to a good start is now leading Michael Palladino, Iain Salteri and Nigel Faull in P4. Palladino and Salteri pit early on Lap 9 for tyres while Jamie Hemi and Rob Cooper are forced to retire due to electrical issues.

Darren Chisholm and Scott Durham both spin on the same corner which has brought out the Safety Car. Michael Goode, Nigel Faull and most of the field take the opportunity to change tyres under yellow. They relinquished their lead as Palladino and Salteri stayed out due to their earlier pitstop. Goode was fuming at this point as he thought for sure that he was going to resume the P1 position.

After the restart Palladino spins on L15 dropping to P7 and Goode regains the lead ahead of Faull. As the Safety Car decided to park itself in Rob Cooper pit bay it stopped him from getting new tyres. Unfortunately he also was forced to retire. Palladino on his second stop had incurred a Drive through penalty which put him a lap down. It didn’t stop him smashing the fastest lap of the race on Lap 26 only to break it again a lap later posting a 1:03.899. Its now Goode in P1 Jason Brooks in P2, Nigel Faull P3, Ross Rizzo P4 and Justin Wilson having a fantastic drive in P5. Shortly after Goode pits for a new set while Faull takes the lead with Rizzo and Salteri right on his tail.

Lap 36 passes and Palladino sensationally retires due driver issues. Not long after and its now Ross Rizzo making his Debut run in the V8 League out in front with Faull in P2 on fresher tyres. Where’s Michael Goode Gone you ask ??????  He’s in P3 within 2 seconds of the leader it is now “Game On”. Goode makes no times and moves up into 2nd at Faull’s expense. Faull has been struggling with his pit stops as the pace car has taken up most of that real estate forcing Faull to reverse into his pit box. Has this cost him too much time ?? Rizzo is trying to hold out Goode as he has only made 3 pit stops over Goods’s 4 visits. Around the entire course they are neck and neck Rizzo in front still. Goode is cooking his tyres on the corner exits as he is desperate to pass Rizzo. This is only reducing his own momentum as he is stuck for outright speed down the straights. On the last lap however Goode gets the job done as the crowd in the stands get get to their feet to cheer on the pair as they have really put on a show. Goode crosses the line a well-deserved winner over Rizzo. Brook’s spins on the penultimate corner to allow Salteri to roll over the start/finish unchallenged and take 3rd while Brook’s takes 4th with no tread left on the right rear’s.

Congratulations to all drivers as it was a strong field and a long race. Next Round ....BATHURST !!!!!

 Race Result:

Start Finish Name Racetime Fastest Lap
3 1 Michael Goode 60:18.864 1:05.775
5 2 Ross Rizzo +0:01.323 1:06.355
2 3 Iain Salteri +0:23.499 1:05.904
6 4 Jason Brooks +0:32.656 1:06.092
8 5 Justin Wilson +0:53.333 1:07.022
4 6 Nigel faull +1lap 1:05.629
7 7 Paul Robinson +1lap 1:06.643
12 8 Scott Durham +1lap 1:7.310
11 9 Darren Chisholm +2laps 1:06.856
1 10 Michael Palladino CBF 1:03.899
10 11 Rob Cooper DNF 1:07.373
9 12 Francarlo Rizzo DNF 1:07.705
13 13 Jamie Hemi DNF

1:08.030

  Drivers Table:

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 Drop Total Total Points
1st Michael Palladino 15 20 13 17 20 15 20 20 20 20 7             35 152
2nd Iain Salteri 20 15 17 20 17 17 15 0 15 15 15             30 136
3rd David Lord 12 17 10 11 15 20 13 15 17 17 0             21 126
4th Tim Hamilton 17 12 20 12 10 13 17 17 13 12 0             22 121
5th Nigel Faull 10 11 15 15 12 10 12 13 12 8 11             28 101
6th Michael Goode 0 4 8 6 9 12 11 9 11 13 20             10 93
7th Paul Robinson 8 8 6 13 11 8 10 12 9 0 10             14 81
8th Enda Murphy 11 9 9 0 8 4 9 11 0 7 0             0 68
9th Rob Cooper 6 7 7 5 5 7 6 0 10 11 6             10 60
10th Michael Gray 13 13 11 9 3 0 0 10 0 0 0             0 59
11th Matthew Refalo 0 6 12 10 7 11 0 8 0 0 0             0 54
12th Jarryd Busuttil 5 5 5 8 6 0 8 7 7 0 0             0 51
13th Benny Tran 9 10 0 7 13 9 0 0 0 0 0             0 48
14th Jamie Hemi 3 0 4 4 4 5 4 4 8 6 4             7 39
15th Justin Wilson 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 10 12             0 27
16th Darren Chisholm 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 9 8             0 22
17th Jason Brooks 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 17             0 17
18th Ross Rizzo 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 13             0 13
19th Jimmy Tran 4 0 0 0 0 6 0 0 0 0 0             0 10
20th Scott Durham 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9             0 9
21st Shane Gilfeather 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0 0 0 0             0 7
21st Troy Tzislowski 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0             0 7
22nd Bobby Leprem 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 0 0             0 6
23rd Francarlo Rizzo 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5             0 5
24th James Hardin 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0             0

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