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RESULTS: Round 5 Mixed Championship League (V8's at Bathurst)

Friday, November 16, 2012

SYDNEY: Round 5 of the Mixed League saw the teams arrive at Bathurst in their V8’s ready for some toe to toe action. Some arrived for early practice while others were happy to sit in the pits and just soak up the atmosphere of the crowd. The team trucks from the Gold Coast were held up due to transport issues so this left the 2 states to race individual events.

Qualifying was hotly contested with Gab Wild taking pole with a 2:04:001 from Ian Salteri in 2nd & David Lord 3rd . The close times meant that it was going to be close race.

Due to the professionalism of the drivers the race started off cleanly with no major incidents. Everyone got through Hells corner unscathed and the pack headed up the straight to see who could outbreak who in the Quarry (T2). Again the drivers showed each other respect and all got through cleanly. Our first pit stop was seen on lap 3 as Ben Haywood had car damage that needed repairing. This would mean that he would have to spend the rest of the race in chase mode. His luck however was soon to change as the safety car was deployed due to lighting issues. This saw a standing restart on Lap 5. Again everyone got off cleanly and we were underway, Unfortunately Gab Wild got off a little too cleanly and a little too early as he was given a drive through penalty which put him at the back of the pack. Some competitive racing was seen between Jason Brooks, Ian Salteri ,Ben Haywood and David Scott before Mr Consistency (Ian Salteri) started to pull away. Everyone was settling into a good rhythm and turning in some good laps. 

Greg Parker was one of the first to pit on lap 12 for fresh tyres as pit strategy was starting to play a big part in the race. Most were conserving tyres hoping for a 1 stopper but due to high track temps this was not to be the case. A minor mistake saw Greg scrape the wall on turn 2 while Beau Levy smacked it hard a lap later as his suspension broke crossing the start finish line. Beau was stuck against the wall sending smoke signals while the rest of the field did well to go past him. Beau became our first casualty of the race but he was soon followed by Gab as he was forced to pull into the pits with exhaustion and his co-driver was nowhere to be seen. Ian pitted for the second time for fresh tyres and this saw him relegated to 2nd position trying to catch “Mr were the hell did you come from?” (David Lord). With setting the fastest lap of 2:03:079 on his fresh tyres Ian was meaning business. He would soon regain the lead as David started to struggle on the older tyres as he stayed out with a one stop strategy. While dealing with heavy lapped traffic Ian would come home with the victory while 2nd and 3rd finished just over a second apart. 

A great race was had by all the drivers as they showed their professionalism and respect for one another and delivered a competitive race. Congratulations to Ian Salteri, David Lord and Ben Haywood who finished in the top 3 and well done to David Scott, Jason, Greg, Gab and Beau.

GOLD COAST: Welcome to new member Steven Gill who joins us for his first race night, good to have you on board.

We were at Bathurst this week for a 32 lapper. Ross Rizzo qualified on pole, but bogged down on the start and was passed by his brother Francarlo  Rizzo and Steven Gill.  Francarlo took the lead and soon had established a 2 second gap.  A spin by Steven Gill on the first lap let Ross get by into 2nd.

Lap 3 and an early pit stop by Steven Gill, was it to repair damage or was it part of a sneaky pit stop strategy – only time will tell!!!!!

A spin by Ross on lap 4 let Francarlo slip away to a 14 second lead

Drama on lap 6 with both the Rizzo boys spinning out, bringing out an early safety car with both boys taking the opportunity to pit

Unfortunately Francarlo received a stop go penalty for speeding through pit lane, and then both boys received a similar penalty for a mix up with the safety car (and having a lap deducted as a penalty)

This put Steven Gill into the lead on lap 9, which he held until the finish

1st – Steven Gill

2nd – Ross Rizzo

3rd – Fran Carlo Rizzo 




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