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

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Sandown welcomes a change of pace to the usual sprint format as the first of the V8 Supercars ‘Enduro Cup’ rounds. A deceptively simple layout is categorised by deep braking zones and rewards aggressive use of the kerbing (which leads to some fun two-wheeling action!). 

Qualify:

Being a small track, lap times were just over the minute mark. Only David Lord and Chris Beresford achieved the 1:05 bracket and subsequently, the front row of the grid. Fortunately, the nature of endurance racing often throws up a few surprises.


Race:

Lights for the 76-lapper went out and Matt Pisani flew off row two, pass Chris and just behind David into turn one. No one got left behind through the first few corners. Jayme Hemi embarked on a wild ride over the grass at the end of the backstretch but did an amazing job to hold it. Ben Weeks fell victim to the steep kerb on the entry to the back stretch, and looped. Matt too, got loose over exit kerbing which promoted Chris to 2nd place at the end of lap 2. Lord had already found his rhythm; timesheets already showed a 3 second lead. The first of the front runners, Wade Keenan and Matt Pisani, came in after 11 laps. David and Chris held on a bit longer for 14 laps, but Troy Czislowski became considered as a threat when he demonstrated a 15 lap stint and temporarily took the lead. The distance threw the doors wide-open in terms of strategy, as drivers would be tasked with calculating their number of stops, considering the cost/benefit of undercutting their closest rivals and all whilst wrestling their heavy cars on the limit.
Potentially a race-deciding moment was Chris blowing a tyre trying to stretch a stint, losing 34 seconds to David. However, with more pit stops, came more chance of drive-thru penalties for speeding; Iain McIntosh and race-leader David were both pinged (the gap once again closing for Chris). Quick laps provided plenty of overtaking opportunities too, largely contributed to the blue flag; the main reason being, David and Chris lapped every other car!
David took the win by 7 seconds over Chris. The final and hotly contested podium spot was taken by Greg Gavalas. Wade committed to stretching his final stint after matching Matt’s earlier sequences, managing to steal 4th. Whilst some might consider Sandown to be the warm-up to the 1000, we certainly witnessed an entertaining race! Can’t wait to see what special events Bathurst will bring next round!
By Matt Anderson

Race Results:

 

Finish Start Diff +/- Driver Car Laps Race time Fastest lap Qual. time
1 1 - David Lord HOLDEN 76 89:06.888 1:05.418 1:05.615
2 2 - Chris Beresford FORD 76 +0:06.997 1:06.197 1:05.704
3 6 +3 Greg Gavalas FORD 75 +1 lap 1:06.966 1:06.700
4 7 +3 Wade Keenan FORD 75 +1 lap 1:06.973 1:07.250
5 3 -2 Matt Pisani FORD 75 +1 lap 1:06.590 1:06.201
6 4 -2 Troy Czislowski FORD 75 +1 lap 1:06.576 1:06.279
7 5 -2 Iain McIntosh FORD 75 +1 lap 1:06.861 1:06.458
8 8 - Micheal Spiteri HOLDEN 73 +3 laps 1:07.530 1:07.292
9 11 +2 Ben Weeks FORD 72 +4 laps 1:08.709 1:09.221
10 9 -1 Kevin Maartensz HOLDEN 72 +4 laps 1:07.956 1:07.902
11 10 -1 Jayme Hemi FORD 43 DNF 1:07.777 1:08.870


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 Race 15   Total Points Current Place
David Lord 17 20 20 17 15 20 20 15 20 17 20           201 1st
Chris Beresford 0 0 15 13 13 17 13 10 15 20 17           133 2nd
Wade Keenan 0 12 13 0 0 13 9 12 17 15 13           104 3rd
Greg Gavalas 9 11 7 12 7 15 5 3 12 7 15           103 4th
Matt Pisani 10 0 9 0 9 10 15 5 10 10 12           90 5th
Enda Murphy 0 0 10 9 2 11 17 11 13 11 0           84 6th
Justin Wilson 12 15 12 0 0 0 10 13 0 13 0           75 7th
Duran Nikora 13 17 17 15 12 0 0 0 0 0 0           74 8th
Kevin Maartensz 6 9 8 10 6 9 7 4 0 5 7           71 9th
Troy Czislowski 11 13 11 0 8 0 12 0 0 0 11           66 10th
Ben Weeks 5 8 3 8 4 6 3 2 7 6 8           60 11th
Mick Spiteri 0 0 0 0 0 5 8 9 11 12 9           54 12th
Iain McIntosh 0 0 5 7 0 0 6 7 8 9 10           52 13th
Ross Rizzo 0 0 0 0 20 0 0 20 0 0 0           40 14th
Tim Hamilton 20 0 0 0 0 0 0 17 0 0 0           37 15th
Iain Salteri 15 0 0 20 0 0 0 0 0 0 0           35 16th
Jayme Hemi 4 10 0 0 3 4 4 1 0 3 6           35 17th
Michael Nicholas 8 0 6 0 0 7 0 0 0 0 0           21 18th
Jason Brooks 0 0 0 11 0 0 0 0 9 0 0           20 19th
Rob Cooper 7 0 0 0 0 12 0 0 0 0 0           19 20th
Francarlo Rizzo 0 0 0 0 9 0 0 8 0 0 0           17 21st
Michael Palladino 0 0 0 0 17 0 0 0 0 0 0           17 22nd
Frank Popoutsis 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 8 0           14 23rd
Ben Martin 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 0 0 0 0           11 24th
Scott Durham 0 0 0 0 10 0 0 0 0 0 0           10 25th
Todd Humphries 0 0 0 0 0 8 0 0 0 0 0           8 26th
Jordan Mulach 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 0 0           6 27th
Josh Behn 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 0           5 28th
Bobby Leprem 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0           4 29th
Brad Wilkinson 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0           4 30th
Clint Vardy 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0           3 31st
Jonathan Ede 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0           2 32nd
Lucas Scholes 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0           2 33rd
Thomas Pappin 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0             1 34th



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