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RESULTS: Wednesday Night V8 League: Round 5 @ Barbagallo WA

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Barbagallo, Wannaroo....whatever. The guys made the long trek west to race the flowing sub 1 minute circuit. Close to a full field it attracted a huge crowd to watch all the action. With the field missing Duran Nikora the others where trying to bridge the gap to championship leader David Lord.


Qually:

With only 2 seconds separating the entire field in practice this was going to be something special. The short 50 sec circuit meant that it was going to be hard to find some clear air. David Lord and Jayme Hemi did exactly that and posted the first 2 times of the session. Lord putting his car into full Qually mode smashes out a 52.724. Chris Beresford the closest at the moment with a 52.848 at the moment but he is still making minor tweeks in the garage. Newcomers Todd Humphries and Mick Spiteri coming to terms with the large competitive field.

Race #1

Turn 1 and Enda Murphy and Jayme hemi are in the sand trap while the rest of the field race away. Michael Nicholas spins it off the line and is forced the play catch up. Lord out front Beresford and Matt Pisani. Wade Keene hot on Greg Gavalas's heels until he spins on Lap 5. I think i gave hime the "Commentators Curse". That brings Kevin Maartenszup into P5. Rookie Mick Spiteri is doing a great job to be in P7 at the moment. Keenen finding it hard to stay on the black stuff. Not sure if its his tyres as Barbagallo can be quite severe on the left rears. He pits on Lap 12 of 18. Lord keeping a 4 sec gap to Beresford. Will they pit as well ? While Maartensz is nursing his tyres he is overtaken by Rob Cooper for 4th position. With 3 laps to go will he fight back? Unfortunately the answer is no as he spins from a tap on Turn 1 and brings it home in 6th. Lord takes the win up front with a 1.2 sec advatage over Beresford. Greg Gavalas drove his heart out to finish 3rd.

Race #2

Its reverse grid and there is major carnage at T1. Front runner Chris Beresford gets turned in T1. Jayme Hemi getting a flying start holding out David Lord for a couple of laps. The 2 rookies Humphries and Spiteri are settling in well both fighting for P6 while Keenen is waiting in the wings. Beresford now charging through the pack to make up for lost ground. The biggest fight is for P3 with Enda Murphy, Greg Gavalas, Matt Pisani and Michael Nicholasal all battling it out. The leaderboard is getting a working overtime trying to keep up with the position changes as beresford is about to join them in a 5 car tussle. Humphries doing better in P3 showing that slow and steady wins the race. Lord pits on Lap 10 of 24. Is this too early ?? Will Beresfored get the advantage towards the end of the race when Lord's tyres start to go off earlier?  Murphy and Spiteri losing a lot of time being stuck in the sand trap, Pisani also having fun in the sand as well. In the end Beresford lost too much time working his way through the field to come home in 2nd as Lord takes the win and Gavalas takes his 2nd podium for the night in 3rd.

Race #3

How intense is the start tot he 3rd race ???9 drivers all with a second of each other like a conga line. No-one is budging either. Beresfors again keeping Lord honest by staying within .8 sec's. Ben Weeks clips the inside grass and loops it across the circuit leaving some nice black artwork on the tarmac. Gavalas solid in P3 again with Murphy 2 sec's back. Lord pits on lap 14 knowing that he wont make it with just 1 pitstop while Beresford assumes the lead. Beresford came oh so close to making it a one stop race as he pits on lap 19 of 40. Will he manage these tyres to the end?? Unfortunately a slight mistake from Maartensz see him spin into the kitty on the last turn. Feeling sorry for him 3 other drivers join him a lap later. Its like looking at fly paper. Once your stuck there it takes ages for you to get back out. Maartensz, Nicholas, Humphries and Gavalas all riding the clutch to get back on track costing them any chance of a good finish. While there doing that Rob Cooper is steady in P4 ahead of Keenan and Pisani. Keenan has just moved up into P4 while Beresford is holding a 20 sec advantage over Lord who has pitted for a 2nd set of rears only. Six laps to go can Beresford hold out ?? Second last lap and Lord has just taken a 7 second chunk off the lead but with another 12 seconds to go in just 1 lap is a huge task. lord cant get the job done as Beresford barely makes it across the finish in first place. great race from him. Enda Murphy also drove a great race with a one-stop strategy to finish in 3rd ahead of Wade Keenan.

Race Results:

 

Place Driver Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Points
1st David Lord 1 1 2 57
2nd Chris Beresford 2 2 1 54
3rd Greg Gavalas 3 3 7 40
4th Wade Keenan 7 4 4 36
5th Enda Murphy 9 6 3 34
6th Rob Cooper 5 7 5 34
7th Matt Pisanai 4 10 6 31
8th Kevin Maartensz 6 5 11 29
9th Todd Humphries 11 8 10 22
10th Michael Nicholas 8 13 9 21
11th Ben Weeks 10 9 12 20
12th Mick Spiteri 12 12 8 19
13th Jayme Hemi 13 11 13 14

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                     109 1st
Duran Nikora 13 17 17 15 12 0                     74 2nd
Greg Gavalas 9 11 7 12 7 15                     61 3rd
Chris Beresford 0 0 15 13 13 17                     58 4th
Kevin Maartensz 6 9 8 10 6 9                     48 5th
Troy Czislowski 11 13 11 0 8 0                     43 6th
Justin Wilson 12 15 12 0 0 0                     39 7th
Wade Keenan 0 12 13 0 0 13                     38 8th
Matt Pisani 10 0 9 0 9 10                     38 9th
Iain Salteri 15 0 0 20 0 0                     35 10th
Ben Weeks 5 8 3 8 4 6                     34 11th
Enda Murphy 0 0 10 9 2 12                     33 12th
Michael Nicholas 8 0 6 0 0 7                     21 13th
Jayme Hemi 4 10 0 0 3 4                     21 14th
Tim Hamilton 20 0 0 0 0 0                     20 15th
Ross Rizzo 0 0 0 0 20 0                     20 16th
Rob Cooper 7 0 0 0 0 11                     18 17th
Michael Palladino 0 0 0 0 17 0                     17 18th
Iain McIntosh 0 0 5 7 0 0                     12 19th
Jason Brooks 0 0 0 11 0 0                     11 20th
Scott Durham 0 0 0 0 10 0                     10 21st
Francarlo Rizzo 0 0 0 0 9 0                     9 22nd
Todd Humphries 0 0 0 0 0 8                     8 23rd
Josh Behn 0 0 0 0 5 0                     5 24th
Mick Spiteri 0 0 0 0 0 5                     5 25th
Bobby Leprem 0 0 4 0 0 0                     4 26th
Clint Vardy 3 0 0 0 0 0                     3 27th
Lucas Scholes 2 0 0 0 0 0                       2 28th



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