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RESULTS: Wednesday Night V8 League: Round 7 @ Townsville QLD

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Qually:

As soon as qually started the Queeenslanders started firing holding the top 4 positionsin the opening laps. Newcomer from NSW Jordan Mulach breaking that streak. David Lord getting caught up in slower traffic only managing P7 in the early stages. Ross Rizzo dominating the session with brother Francarlo in tow. With 4 mins remaining can the series leader improve? Just as we ask that question both he and Chris Beresford move to the top getting in the 1:08's. In the dying seconds it was Ross to reclaim the Pole position with a 1:08.802

Race # 1:

After a couple of false starts we were underway. Not clean through the first couple of corners but relatively ok. Its David Lord who jumped Ross Rizzo for the lead. Chris Beresford is Back in P3 with Francarlo on his tail.Tim Hamilton now joins the party overtaking Francarlo to advance 1 position. Francarlo soon spins and loses the fron panel. As its just outside the pit entry he has to complete a full lap before can can pit. With the understeer that he will have he is bound to lose valuable time. He's now dropped to P7 before as he pits.Hamilton has just moved up another spot Beresford in P3. The battle for 10th was getting exciting as it was a 5 car scrap with Mick Spiteri coming out roses with that one. Back up front and Ross Rizzo has pinched off David Lord for the lead and brought it home the victor. David spins on the final turn with the checquered flag in sight conceeding 2nd place to Hamilton. Lord rolling across the line in 3rd.

Race #2:

Reverse grid and Mick Spiteri does a great job to lead the pack through Turn 1. Kevin Maartensz up the inside in P2 spins and has to wait for the field to pass. Lord out of nowhere is in P2 ready to assume the lead. The top 5 are within 1 sec and all keen to hit the front for some clean air. Ross Rizzo & Beresford are trying to join that group charging through the field. Spiteri spins on lap 4 undoing all that hard work. Wade Keenan promoting himself up into P4 with Ross getting ready to change that. Lord now in the lead is keeping Hamilton at bay with only a .4 sec buffer. Greg Gavalas pits early to avoid the battles. He feels he can improve by running his own race as long as the others pit as well. The kerbs are quite aggressive here as they have claimed a few drivers already. justin Wilson one of those drivers has managed to fight his way back to P6 with 5 laps to go.
Lord was stretching his lead to Hamilton but Tim has managed to move up with 5 laps remaining. Something must be wrong with Lord as Ross has passed him as well. Wade Keenan doing a stirling job to hold P4. Chris Beresford has been struggling all race as he pitted with 3 to go. Its all too late as Tim Hamilton takes the win with Ross in 2nd and Lord in 3rd.

Race #3:

Hamilton from front row leads them round the opening lap as they try to get in their groove for this long 35 lap race. Beresford not having a good weekend as gets an unfortunate tap which spins him around and he rejoins at the back of the pack. Lord assumes the lead from Hamilton and Ross Rizzo but soon pits early as he is struggling on his not so old tyres giving up the lead on Lap 9. Jordan Mulach is on the back of Enda Murphy. Maartensz pits from his top 10 position on Lap 11. Beresford is absolutely smashing it by moving through the field. He is now up into P8.
Up front and its Hamilton leading Ross Rizzo by 2.8 secs. with Wade Keenan i n 3rd. While Wade soon pits Ross has just lost 12 seconds to the leader giving Hamilton some well earned breathing space. Ross eventually pits and rejoins in P9. His brother Francarlo now moves up into P3.
Lap 18 and Hamilton will have to pit soon as he is losing 3 seconds a lap to Lord who is now back up into P2 17 seconds back. Thirteen laps to go and there is a ding dong battle to get into the top 10. Greg Gavalas, Mick Spiteri, Chris Beresford and Matt Pisani all swapping paint in their bid to get to the front.
Francarlo's moved into P2 as Ross is forced to pit for the 2nd time. This has put Ross in the clutches of Lord who has just inherited the biggest smile as he now puts his head down and chases Ross with success. Hamilton still out front with an unsailable lead of 28 seconds with his 1 stop strategy. Seven laps to go and Lord is still catching Ross who in turn is 3 seconds behind Justin Wilson. This is going to come down to the wire. Ross soon gets the job done which leaves  for p3 but is just about to take P2 away from his own brother Francarlo. Lord on the back of Wilson is keen to get by and bag some valuable points. Lord and Wilson have now caught Francarlo who is nursing very old tyres. The 3 of them are swapping turns for P3. This went on for the final laps as Hamilton takes the checquered with Ross in 2nd. Francalo starting from 14th rounds out the podium in a great defensive drive against Lord and Wilson who finish in 4th and 5th respectively..

By Shane Gilfeather

Race Results:

 

Driver Race 1  Race 2 Race 3 Points
Ross Rizzo 1 1 2 57
Tim Hamilton 2 2 1 54
David Lord 3 3 4 43
Justin Wilson 5 4 5 37
Wade Keenan 8 5 6 32
Enda Murphy 6 6 7 32
Chris Beresford 4 10 8 29
Mick Spiteri 9 7 9 26
Francarlo Rizzo 10 15 3 24
Iain McIntosh 7 12 13 19
Jordan Mulach 14 8 11 18
Matt Pisani 11 13 10 17
Kevin Maartenz 13 9 12 17
Greg Gavalas 12 11 14 14
Ben Weeks 15 14 15 7
Jayme Hemi 16 16 16 3


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                 144 1st
Chris Beresford 0 0 15 13 13 17 13 10                 81 2nd
Duran Nikora 13 17 17 15 12 0 0 0                 74 3rd
Greg Gavalas 9 11 7 12 7 15 5 3                 69 4th
Justin Wilson 12 15 12 0 0 0 10 13                 62 5th
Enda Murphy 0 0 10 9 2 11 17 11                 60 6th
Wade Keenan 0 12 13 0 0 13 9 12                 59 7th
Kevin Maartensz 6 9 8 10 6 9 7 4                 59 8th
Matt Pisani 10 0 9 0 9 10 15 5                 58 9th
Troy Czislowski 11 13 11 0 8 0 12 0                 55 10th
Ross Rizzo 0 0 0 0 20 0 0 20                 40 11th
Ben Weeks 5 8 3 8 4 6 3 2                 39 12th
Tim Hamilton 20 0 0 0 0 0 0 17                 37 13th
Iain Salteri 15 0 0 20 0 0 0 0                 35 14th
Jayme Hemi 4 10 0 0 3 4 4 1                 26 15th
Iain McIntosh 0 0 5 7 0 0 6 7                 25 16th
Mick Spiteri 0 0 0 0 0 5 8 9                 22 17th
Michael Nicholas 8 0 6 0 0 7 0 0                 21 18th
Rob Cooper 7 0 0 0 0 12 0 0                 19 19th
Francarlo Rizzo 0 0 0 0 9 0 0 8                 17 20th
Michael Palladino 0 0 0 0 17 0 0 0                 17 21st
Jason Brooks 0 0 0 11 0 0 0 0                 11 22nd
Ben Martin 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 0                 11 23rd
Scott Durham 0 0 0 0 10 0 0 0                 10 24th
Todd Humphries 0 0 0 0 0 8 0 0                 8 25th
Jordan Mulach 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6                 6 26th
Josh Behn 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 0                 5 27th
Bobby Leprem 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0                 4 28th
Clint Vardy 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0                 3 29th
Jonathan Ede 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0                 2 30th
Lucas Scholes 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0                 2 31st
Thomas Pappin 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0                   1 32nd

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