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RESULTS: Tuesday Night State Of Origin - Game # 1 @ Eastern Creek NSW

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Every Year Racecentre likes to host the State Of Origin Series. As we have stores in both states it brings the guys together.....or apart depends on which way you look at it to battle it out on the racetrack. Thanks to RSM Racing for the mod and Pat O'Reilly for the paint jobs we got ourselves a beautiful looking race. There was no Qualify tonight as the grid was random for all 5 races. Lets see how they went.....


Race 1 and the lights are out at Eastern Creek for the first of five races tonight. Ben Martin gets off to a great start holding his position through the first corner. Brad Martin was slow off the line and as a result dropped from second to eighth after the first corner. First contact was made under braking towards turn two with Ryan locking up and clipping the rear of Ben Martin. Luckily both drivers managed to keep their car under control with Ryan only losing two places. Many places were exchanged throughout the race with Pat O'Reilly taking the chequered flag after a long battle with Tim Hamilton. The results of this race were not as expected with some unsportsmanlike behaviour plaguing the back of the grid.

Jamye Hemi starts this random grid race at the start of the pack manging to keep is position through the first corner with an almost perfect start. Ben follows closely behind in second with Ryan behing in third. Every driver took the first corner clean with contact made on the second corner with Ryan slamming into the back of Jayme, spinning them both. The rest of the race was fairly clean with the odd driver running wide. Chris Naumovski finished the race in first with Allan almost two seconds behind. Ryan was the only DNF this race.
The thrid race of the night saw Jayme start from the front of the grid for the second time. Behind him was Ryan. Again no contact through the first corner and the top three drivers managed to hold on to their grid positions. Brad clipped the rear of Ben, pushing him wide on the entrance to turn 2, causing Chris Herringe to slam into his rear. Ben and Chris spun off the track as a result. Tim Hamilton made contact with Pat on the exit of turn two and left the track. Andrew Donnelly was too hard on the throttle through turn 3, running over the ripple strip and crashing into the right side wall. Chris Naumovski won his second race of the night, just over one second ahead of Shane Gilfeather who made his first podium appearance of the night. Allan finished in third, around five and a half seconds behind the race winner.
Chris Herringe started from the front of the grid for the fourth race of the night. He managed to hold his position through the first turn while Jayme conceeded second to Ryan. After being overtaken by Ryan, Jayme tried to rejoin on the racing line taking Shane, Tim, Andrew and Brad out in the process. The rest of the race consisted of fairly clean racing with the occasional off track excursion by a couple of drivers. Ryan took the chequered flag with Pat less than a second behind. The final race will see the starting grid reversed.
Brad and Andrew lock out the front row in the final race of the night. Andrew had a perfect start and was way ahead of the pack heading into turn two. Brad managed to hold onto second place while Chris Herringe was pushed wide onto the grass by Tim who had the inside line. At the back of the field Chri Naumovski was responsible for shunting Ben causing only himself to spin. The rest of the race was similar to the last couple with rarely any contact after the first lap. Tim took the final chequered flag of the night, over two and a half seconds faster than Shane. Pat completed the podium.

By Nick Scanlen

Seems like NSW won tonight!!!  Hope to see you all in 3 weeks time at Calder Park....

Game # 1 Score:

State Driver Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Race 4 Race 5        
NSW Pat O'Reilly 1 3 4 2 3 NSW
NSW Allan Marks 3 2 3 3 6
QLD Tim Hamilton 2 6 5 7 1 36
QLD Shane Gilfeather 5 7 2 6 2
NSW Chris Naumovski 8 1 1 8 8
NSW Ben Martin 6 5 6 4 4 QLD
NSW Ryan Hedger 9 11 8 1 5
NSW Andrew Donnelly 4 4 7 9 7 17
QLD Chris Herringe 10 8 11 5 9
QLD Brad Martin 7 9 9 10 10
QLD Jayme Hemi 11 10 10 11 11


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