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RESULTS: Wednesday Night V8 League: Round 8 @ Queensland Raceway Ipswich QLD

Thursday, July 31, 2014

“The Paper Clip” Love it or hate it it always manages to provide some spectacular racing and some desperate moves with costly consequences.

Qually:

The boys had a short practice session this week so qualifying was a chance for the engineers to still tune the car before the racing started. A 15 minute session would give the guys enough chances to post a decent lap. David Lord had clearly showed that he was the man to beat again but he wasn’t happy with the cars sticking throttle so the guys in the garage worked hard to get him back out on track in time for the race start.

Race #1:

A very nervous bunch gridded up for the start of the race. A rough surface would mean that there was plenty of grip for a good Launch and that’s exactly what David Lord did ahead of Chris Beresford. While David showed his dominance early there was a 5 car battle for 3rd. Jason Brooks, Enda Murphy, Wade Keenan and Mat Pisani all locking brakes to try and get the advantage on each other. Going 3 wide into some corners was showing how desperate they are. Greg Gavalas was back in 8th after an early tap is doing his best to join the pack. Jason Brooks managing to break away from the pack is with his consistency is now hunting down Beresford for P2 with a 1.1 sec gap. He reduced it down to .5 sec’s before he cooked it coming out of the last turn on L10. This cost him over 3 seconds which he couldn’t get back. Lord takes the chequered 5 sec’s ahead of Beresford and Brooks takes 3rd.

Race #2:

Don’t you just love reverse grid starts. All the sadistic people watch in anticipation for carnage and all the drivers whatch in fear of whats going to happen. Spiteri is slow to get off the mark and is swamped by the field. He receives a shunt in the rear which sends him into the pit wall across the start/finish line. Murphy takes the lead in front of Brooks. Last turn on the 1st lap and they try to go 4 wide onto the main straight but we all know how that’s going to end.

Lap 5 and Lord assumes his post at the front while Brooks takes 2nd over Murphy. A few corners later and Murphy dives in from a long way back to challenge Brooks but Brooks spins. He does the gentlemanly thing and waits for the field to pass before he re-joins and pits for new tyres. Beresford is struggling in P5 behind Greg Gavalas who is driving a consistant race. Wade Keenan from nowhere has jumped up into P2 only 4 se’s behind the leader. Rookie Frank Papoutsis finding his feet trying to catch Ben Weeks who is driving a solid race.

Three laps to go and its still Lord, Keenan and Murphy with Beresford advancing one spot into 4th. Mick Spiteri is moving up the field and is now in P5. The chequered drops again and that’s how they stayed. Unfortunately Papoutsis spun on the last lap losing 4 spots to finish 11th.

Race #3:

Matt Pisano gets an absolute flyer from P7 and jumps 4 positions before turn1 but its Beresford that gets the hols shot into the first turn ahead of Lord and Gavalas. Wade Keenan forces his way up into P3 now trying to get away from Brooks. A 4 way battle is brewing between Pisani, Gavalas, Spiteri and Iain McIntosh.

Brooksy has a big moment and loses 3 positions but now he is on the back of McIntosh who is showing a big improvement in his driving. Ben Weeks and Lord are the first to pit on Lap 11. It’s obvious that half the field are on a different pit strategy. Let’s see how that pans out ??

Lap 18 and Brooks is playing in the sand as he has just blown a tyre. He is trying to get out while Spiteri cops a Drive-Thru penalty. This obviously made him drive angry as he then posted his fastest lap of 1:07.583. Beresford in p3 is closing in on Wade Keenan as the gap is only .8 sec’s. The leader David Lord pits for his 2nd set of tyres on Lap 33. Only 11 laps to go and he rejoins in P3, 4 sec’s behind the leaders who are on a 1 stopper. Two laps past and Lord has already bridged the gap to make it a 3 way battle for the lead. The battle goes on for about 3 laps as they all are swapping turns at the front but Lord on fresher tyres starts to pull away. Keenan and Beresford are still glued to each other only .3 sec’s apart.

Greg Gavalas is recovering from a shocking first half now making his way up into P7, 4 sec’s behind Matt Pisani. Iain McIntosh the biggest mover of the race starting from P10 is now in P4. This is showing that he has the form to give us better results as does Ben Weeks.

The final black and White drops and its David Lord with the Clean Sweep taking the win in front of Wade Keenan and Chris Beresford. Mick Spiteri drove the nuts out of his car to finish in P5 even after a Drive Thru. Very impressive drive from him.

Next round we are off to the Easter Creek circuit which is building to be an epic event already.

By Shane Gilfeather

Race Results:

Driver Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Points
David Lord 1 1 1 60
Wade Keenan 4 2 2 47
Chris Beresford 2 4 3 45
Enda Murphy 5 3 7 37
Greg Gavalas 6 5 8 32
Mick Spiteri 8 6 5 32
Matt Pisani 7 7 6 31
Jason Brooks 3 8 11 30
Iain McIntosh 10 10 4 27
Ben Weeks 9 9 9 24
Frank Papoutsis 11 11 10 19

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               164 1st
Chris Beresford 0 0 15 13 13 17 13 10 15               96 2nd
Greg Gavalas 9 11 7 12 7 15 5 3 12               81 3rd
Wade Keenan 0 12 13 0 0 13 9 12 17               76 4th
Duran Nikora 13 17 17 15 12 0 0 0 0               74 5th
Enda Murphy 0 0 10 9 2 11 17 11 13               73 6th
Matt Pisani 10 0 9 0 9 10 15 5 10               68 7th
Justin Wilson 12 15 12 0 0 0 10 13 0               62 8th
Kevin Maartensz 6 9 8 10 6 9 7 4 0               59 9th
Troy Czislowski 11 13 11 0 8 0 12 0 0               55 10th
Ben Weeks 5 8 3 8 4 6 3 2 7               46 11th
Ross Rizzo 0 0 0 0 20 0 0 20 0               40 12th
Tim Hamilton 20 0 0 0 0 0 0 17 0               37 13th
Iain Salteri 15 0 0 20 0 0 0 0 0               35 14th
Iain McIntosh 0 0 5 7 0 0 6 7 8               33 15th
Mick Spiteri 0 0 0 0 0 5 8 9 11               33 16th
Jayme Hemi 4 10 0 0 3 4 4 1 0               26 17th
Michael Nicholas 8 0 6 0 0 7 0 0 0               21 18th
Jason Brooks 0 0 0 11 0 0 0 0 9               20 19th
Rob Cooper 7 0 0 0 0 12 0 0 0               19 20th
Francarlo Rizzo 0 0 0 0 9 0 0 8 0               17 21st
Michael Palladino 0 0 0 0 17 0 0 0 0               17 22nd
Ben Martin 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 0 0               11 23rd
Scott Durham 0 0 0 0 10 0 0 0 0               10 24th
Todd Humphries 0 0 0 0 0 8 0 0 0               8 25th
Jordan Mulach 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0               6 26th
Frank Papoutsis 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6               6 27th
Josh Behn 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 0               5 28th
Bobby Leprem 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0               4 29th
Clint Vardy 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0               3 30th
Jonathan Ede 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0               2 31st
Lucas Scholes 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0               2 32nd
Thomas Pappin 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0                 1 33rd

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