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

Saturday, July 06, 2013
The V8 boys headed north to the tropics of Queensland for Round 8 of Racecentre's V8 League. With the absence of Iain Salteri it paved the way for the return of Michael Gray in Sydney and Bobby Leprem form the Gold Coast to dust off the cobwebs and stretch their legs. This week also saw GC newcomer James Hardin mix it with the likes of Michael Palladino and David Lord.

Qualify:

With soaring temperatures in far North Queensland the qualifying session were going to give the crowd some record breaking times. Palladino too good getting a 1:07:766. David Lord a further .6 sec back.


Race #1 (16 laps):

This race would give the guys a chance to see how the tyre wear would affect the outcome of the race. The green flag drops and David Lord gets a good clean start. It was a long run to T1 which was a tight right hander. Was everyone going to remember that they have cold tyres and too break early?.........Um ......The answer?........No ! The top 5 got through cleanly but due to the slow corner speed the tail of the field got backed up and started bumping into each other in the race to T2 which was another 90 degree tight right hander. With the cold tyres and the eager accelerating Michael Goode looped the car 180 degrees the wrong way. This left him with a lot of work to do in the short sprint race. Through the race all eyes were on the top 3 swapping turns with Nigel Faull holding steady in P4. Darren Chisholm receives a Drive Through penalty. Fuming through the visor he comes in to serve it but the stewards not happy with him slap another one on him forcing to pit again to serve the 2 penalties. Lap 12 and Matt Refalo's tyres temps are already on red but you can see in his driving style that he was now just nursing them home without the need to pit. At the chequered its David Lord in 1st with Tim Hamilton 2nd and Palladino in 3rd.

Race #2 (20 laps): Reverse Grid

The greens light up again for the start of race 2 and its Tim Hamilton with the early lead. Doing very well he has a healthy 3 second lead over Palladino and Lord. Back in the pack and its Michael Goode, Michael Gray & Jamie Hemi fighting for P8 but Hemi spins which gives Goode the easy pass until he too fell victim to cooking it on the corner exit spinning out himself.

Lord dives into the pits first on L10 to undercut the rest of the field as it is getting quite hot in FNQ and it is having an effect on the degradation of the tyres. Hamilton,  Palladino & Paul Robinson holding off for a couple more laps. The gap between Tim Hamilton and Palladino is now down to 1.2 sec's before Hamilton pits for fresh rubber. Its lap 13 of 20 and Palladino has not yet pitted. While trying to hold off Hamilton, Palladino is losing half a second a lap with his older set of slicks.

Its a tough track and the drivers are starting to get lapped. All but the Top 5 have lost a lap to the leaders. Jarryd Busuttil and Bobby Leprem are following Palladino's strategy and holding on with the on set of tyres. Will it work? The MG's, Gray and Goode have been battling it out the entire race and on L19 Goode overtakes Gray for P7.

Palladino does enough to take the win with no pit stops. Hamilton in 2nd a further 29 sec's back with Faull a well-deserved 3rd.

Race #3 (30 laps):

With the grid sorted from the previous 2 results the drivers were ready for the semi-enduro length of 30 laps. Everyone gets off cleanly and Palladino too good off the line assumes the lead into T1 with the rest of the field to follow. In a weird incident on the last corner of L1 Michael Goode cut across 2 drivers forcing himself and Matt Refalo onto pit row. They are both forced into pit lane. Refalo choosing to drive straight through Michael Goode pits for tyres and possible damage. Goode dropping to P13 and leaving Refalo with a lot of work to do in P12.

While the top3 are within 4 sec’s of each other Palladino, Lord & Hamilton. A couple of seconds back and its Robinson and Nigel Faull having a ding dong battle up for P4. Busuttil has got major front end damage and is finding it hard to get front end grip as he is now lapped by the leaders. Palladino on a different strategy is now stretching the lead to 6 seconds over Hamilton. lord a further 5 seconds back. The Top 5 all lapping in the 1:09's Hemi DNF's on L12.

Lap 15 and its Lord and Gray in early for tyres while the remainder of the field pit a lap later. ten laps to go and things are hotting up down the back as Robinson, Gray and Faull all battling for 4th position. Its Robinson remaining cool in front of the trio knowing that all he has to do is punch out some good consistent laps and stay ahead of the pack. Gray has just passed Faull is is now honing in on Robinson, Robinson spins and Gray is up to P4 but within the same lap Gray also spins on old tyres and concedes the position back to Robinson who gladly takes the position to the chequered.

Palladino takes his 2nd win for the day 21 sec’s ahead of Hamilton in 2nd with Lord in 3rd a further 12 seconds back.

It was good to see a healthy field from the Gold Coast with James Hardin and Bobby Leprem joining the fold. Those guys did very well on the day. Another shout out goes to Darren Chisholm for showing his true professional racing etiquette on the track. We hope to see you guys back for the next round.

      2013 V8 League
Drivers Race 1 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 Race 16 Total Points Current Place
Michael Palladino 15 20 13 17 20 15 20 20                 140 1st
Iain Salteri 20 15 17 20 17 17 15 0                 121 2nd
Tim Hamilton 17 12 20 12 10 13 17 17                 118 3rd
David Lord 12 17 10 11 15 20 13 15                 113 4th
Nigel Faull 10 11 15 15 12 10 12 13                 98 5th
Paul Robinson 8 8 6 13 11 8 10 12                 76 6th
Enda Murphy 11 9 9 0 8 4 9 11                 61 7th
Michael Goode 0 4 8 6 9 12 11 9                 59 8th
Michael Gray 13 13 11 9 3 0 0 10                 59 8th
Matthew Refalo 0 6 12 10 7 11 0 8                 54 9th
Benny Tran 9 10 0 7 13 9 0 0                 48 10th
Jarryd Busuttil 5 5 5 8 6 0 8 7                 44 11th
Rob Cooper 6 7 7 5 5 7 6 0                 43 12th
Jamie Hemi 3 0 4 4 4 5 4 4                 28 13th
Jimmy Tran 4 0 0 0 0 6 0 0                 10 14th
Shane Gilfeather 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0                 7 15th
Troy Tzislowski 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0                 7 15th
Bobby Leprem 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6                 6 16th
Darren Chisholm 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5                 5 17th
Justin Wilson 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0                 5 17th
James Hardin 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3                 3 18th

By Shane Gilfeather

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