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RESULTS: Wednesday Night V8 League: Round 1a @ Melbourne GP

Thursday, March 13, 2014

A blistering opening lap from David Lord set the tone for tonights racing as he has posted a 1:50.313. Duran Nikora the next best on 1:52.298. Wade Keenan showing early promise as well. One of this year rookies Greg Gavalas has done an excellent job and at the end of the session he has managed to qualify in P4.

Race #1:
David Lord gets the hole shot and Justin Wilson jumps Duran to the first chicane. We get to the first right hander and all the crowd can see is smoke. A lock up of tyres and Jamie Hemi is turned around. Lap 2 and Duran gets beached in the sandtrap while Gavalas spins on the same turn losing 2 positions. Wade Keenan now up into P4 with Troy Czislowski close behind. David Lord too good out front with a 10 sec gap. Jamie Hemi having trouble finding grip as he spins on the main straight. With 2 laps to go Duran also spins and is now in P5 and in the clutches of Gavalas. Duran loses it again as David Lord takes the first Chequered ahead of Justin Wilson and Wade Keenan.

Race #2: Reverse Grid
Reverse grid and the stewards didn't know where to look.While Ben Weeks and Kevin Maartensz got a good start off the line David Lord managed to take the lead by the 2nd turn. An absolute flying start saw him drive off into the distance. A good battle was brewing between P2 to P6. Gavalas one of these in P3 spins and loses at least 4 spots in the process as he struggles with old tyres. He is first to pit but was given a drive through penalty forcing him to re visit pit lane again. He wasn't the only one as Maartensz was given a stop/go for speeding in the lane. Justin Wilson was holding firm in P2 until Nikora said "Hello...mind if i join you". The 2 battled for a few corners until Nikora got the job done and took P2 for race 2. Justin home in P3 only .7 sec's ahead of Troy Czislowski. David Lord finishing the victor.

Race #3:
The red lights go out and David Lord assumes his usual position up front while the rest of the pack are providing some great viewing with drivers swapping turns. Wilson and Keenan are side by side through turns 15 & 16 and are neck and neck down the main straight. Keenan misses his braking marker and goes straight ahead into the kitty litter. He rejoins the track in P8. Taking Keenan's place is Czislowski with Nikora hot on his exhaust pipe both racing for P2. With Lord coming in early for tyres Wilson is now in P1 . Maartensz driving a consistent race to be in P4 pitting on L10 for a fresh set of rubber. After the first run of pit stops its Czislowski on the tail of Wilson racing for P3. Czislowski is now pumping in some decent laps making Wilson nervous. L14 and Lord pits again dropping back to P4 on the rejoin. Nikora now in the lead with 5 laps to go. Gavalas holding steady in P5 with Maartensz right behind him in P6. Maartensz not content with that goes for the next position and nails it "What a great effort from him". Back up front and its now Czislowski in P1 with Lord chasing hard. Two laps to go can Czislowski hold out ?? Troy is driving a great defensive line and is holding Lord out but they better hurry as here comes Nikora to make it a 3 car race to the finish. They are now all swapping positions. Lord catching Troy napping and takes the lead but Troy out brakes lord to regain the lead with 2 corners to go. Nikora choosing which line to take. Czislowski is in front but gets too excited and over cooks it to spin in front of Nikora and Lord. Lord makes his way through to take the win and Nikora limps home in 2nd. Czislowski does well to recover and rolls over the line in P3.

By Shane Gilfeather

To see the replay of the last moments of the race click here:

Race Results:


Race 1 Race 2 Race 3
1st David Lord 1st 1st 1st
2nd Duran Nikora 6th 2nd 2nd
3rd Justin Wilson 2nd 3rd 4th
4th Troy Czislowsi 5th 4th 3rd
5th Wade Keenan 3rd 5th 5th
6th Greg Gavalas 4th 7th 6th
7th Jamie Hemi 8th 6th 9th
8th Kevin Maartensz 7th 9th 7th
9th Ben Weeks 9th 8th 8th

Championship Table:

      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                             37 1st 37
Duran Nikora 13 17                             30 2nd 30
Justin Wilson 12 15                             27 3rd 27
Troy Czislowski 11 13                             24 4th 24
Tim Hamilton 20 0                             20 5th 20
Greg Gavalas 9 11                             20 6th 20
Iain Salteri 15 0                             15 7th 15
Kevin Maartensz 6 9                             15 8th 15
Jamie Hemi 4 10                             14 9th 14
Ben Weeks 5 8                             13 10th 13
Wade Keenan 0 12                             12 11th 12
Matt Pisani 10 0                             10 12th 10
Michael Nicholas 8 0                             8 13th 8
Rob Cooper 7 0                             7 14th 7
Clint Vardy 3 0                             3 15th
Lucas Scholes 2 0                             2 16th


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