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RESULTS: Round 4 Mixed Championship League.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Monday night mixed competition was back for round 4 in the Carrera Cup this time! Welcome to the 2 new Gold Coast drivers; Fran Carlos Rizzo and Frank Rizzo.
Michael Yokom arrived early to get a few extra laps on his rivals, and to check out the picturesque Phillip Island scenery. The practice was clearly key, as he topped the Qualifying session with a 1:33.326, almost a second faster than his nearest rival.

Race One: Three cars involved with heavy contact off the grid, bringing the caution out on the first lap. Not even the safety car could stop the chaos, as Ian Salteri gets punted off and Gab Wild sent to the back of the grid. Further contact and retaliation mid-field sparks the debate that the Sydney guys can't drive! Ben Haywood is quick to take advantage of a messy restart,but David Lord makes a great move over Lukey Heights to the lead with 3 to go. Fran Carlos just losing a spot to Michael on the line, unlucky mate! David takes the win over Ben and GC's Rory Boyd.

Race Two: A bit of confusion in Qualifying meant an almost random order for race two. Nonetheless, we saw some great clean racing up until the inevitable first hairpin. Some great state rivalry heating up with Ian just beating out Gold Coast's Rory with Gab and Ross in hot pursuit. But it was Michael who gave us his best 'Casey Stoner' impression, by dominating the island from start to finish and a fastest lap of 1:34.059.

Race Three: A quick qualifying dash set the order for the 20 lap feature race. Plenty of 1st lap spins leading to a very long race for some. An early retirement of Josh Ganderton due to a cool suit failure (actually it was really hot without aircon in the back corner!). Michael leading once again followed by Ian. At the half-way point, Gab is pressuring Ian for 2nd but pulls into the pits for some fresh rubber, the leaders electing to stay out! Gab gets back to 3rd and almost 3 seconds faster than the leaders. Jason Brooks make a daring last lap move on Ben for 4th. But Michael was once again too good, with the no-stopper paying off. Ian and Gab join him on the podium, Great race!

Well done guys, really looking forward to the next round – crowd favourite V8s at Bathurst.

Round Scores:

Michael Yokom 10
Ian Salteri 8
Ben Haywood 6
Gab Wild 5
Rory Boyd 4
David Lord 3
Jason Brooks 2
Ross Rizzo 1


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