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RESULTS: Wednesday Night V8 League: Round 4 @ Pukekohe NZ

Thursday, April 24, 2014

This week we jump across the Tasman and land in new Zealand and if i could pull out all the Kiwi gags i would but i dont have that time. It was close to a full grid for the race at Pukekohe and the short 1 minute course was always going to give us plenty of action.


The return of "The Mac" Michael Palladino sure lifted the calibre of driving and the Qually session was a good indicator of that. Palladino posting a 1:00.119 for pole. It was good to see the Rizzo brothers jump in the V8's as they lead the charge for the Queensland drivers. They qualified in 3rd and 4th while currrent series leader David Lord qualified 2nd. The NZ local lad Duran Nikora got the Jandal to start the race from grid #7.

Race 1:

When the green jandal dropped they all smoked it off the line into T1. A couple got a rough start but it was all class up front with Palladino, Lord and Ross Rizzo. Greg Gavalas doing a great job to hold off young gun Francarlo for P4. Scott Daniels and Josh Behn also in that mix to keep it interesting. After a good qually session Chris Beresford was struggling in P9. Matt Pisani got an unfortunate tap leading into the back straight turning him around now circulating in P10. Ross Rizzo is trying to stay onto the back of Lord but puts it onto the grass across the main straight costing him time and now out of the slipstream. Ben Weeks doing well to stay out of trouble with the front runners. Gavalas makes a mistake while in P4 letting Francarlo through and Scott Durham hot on his tail.

Three laps to go and the race mid pack has been turned upside down. Gavalas spins it and blocks half the field so now there are a total of 7 drivers all vying for P5. in the end Palladino too good finishing in P1. Lord and Rizzo filling the rest of the podium respectfully.

Race 2: (Reverse Grid)

Josh Behn a bit nervous at the front of the grid struggling to get the traction down as the rest of the field bare down on him going into T1. Scott Durham gets a flyer moving up into P3 after the 3rd turn. Ben weeks also looking uncomfortable mid pack as he lost it over the start/finish line. Palladino had no trouble thouble making his way to the front by the 2nd lap with Lord close behind. The biggest group is currently fighting for P3 at the moment with 5 cars jostling behind Durham waiting for him to make a mistake. All he can say is "Not going to happen Boys !!!". Francarlo struggled early as he was forced to pit with suspected damage to the car. His brother Ross is chasing down the top 2 at the moment. Currently in P4 he has another scalp to claim first. Nikora in P5 is ready to pick up the peices as well. Race leader pits on Lap 9 for fresh boots. Will the early stop pay off ??? The answer is NO as he is caught speeding and is slapped with a drive through. he quickly serves it and rejoins in P10. Troy Czislowski is doing well in P5 with 7 laps to go. Ross Rizzo now in front running slower laps to conserve the tyres and eliminate a pitstop. Will it pay off for him? With a 24 sec advantage over Lord and 4 laps to go it looks likely. There is a great scrap for P4 with Czislowski, Nikora and Durham all swapping spots on every turn. This forced Czislowski to hold his position making him burns the tyres faster. This was not to his plan and eventually spun losing 3 spots. Durham winning that battle coming home in P4 & Jandal Man Nikora in P5. The winner was Ross Rizzo and Chris Beresford who saved a pitstop finished 15 seconds ahead of the field.

Race 3:

Ross Rizzo got the jump into T1 with the usual suspects Lord and Palladino close behind. Durham lost it on the start and most the the field forgetting what the middle peddle does. The top 5 all within 2 seconds of each other. Kevin Maartensz holding firm in P7. With not much luck in the first 2 races he's doing well. Gavalas and Ross spin falling back to P5. Lord doing the same and is now in P6. Lap 11 and the tyres are starting to go. Matt Pisani spins while in P4 and he makes his first pitstop. Ben Weeks doing well up into the top 10 after his pitstop. Jayme Hemi gets stuck in the sand at the end of the back straight. You could hear the locals saying " He's beached as bro......" He retired on Lap 18. Lord the first of the leaders to pit on L19. Palladino comes in a lap later to cover him off. Ross loses out on the pitstops as he  is 3 sec's off the back of Lord but its not long before they are both back in a battle for position. They are swapping positions on nearly every turn. Lord goes for the move but clips the grass and is sent straight into the wall. He did well to minimise the damage and continue on giving Ross some breathing space.Beresford doing a stirling job in P2 kepping Palladino honest up front. Durham after some earlier pace is having a shocker currently in P11. Josh Behn finishes in the top 10. Palladino greets the checquered first with Ross 2nd and brother Francarlo finishing in P3.

By Shane Gilfeather

Race Results:

Driver Race 1  Race 2 Race 3 Points
Ross Rizzo 3 1 2 52
Michael Palladino 1 9 1 48
David Lord 2 3 5 44
Chris Beresford 6 2 4 41
Duran Nikora 7 5 6 33
Francarlo Rizzo 4 12 3 33
Scott Durham 5 4 11 31
Matt Pisani 8 6 7 30
Troy Czislowski 10 7 8 26
Greg Gavalas 11 8 9 23
Kevin Maartensz 9 10 12 20
Josh Behn 13 11 10 17
Ben Weeks 12 14 13 12
Jayme Hemi 14 13 15 9
Enda Murphy DNS DNS 14 3

Drivers 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 20 17 15                       89 1st
Duran Nikora 13 17 17 15 12                       74 2nd
Greg Gavalas 9 11 7 12 7                       46 3rd
Troy Czislowski 11 13 11 0 8                       43 4th
Chris Beresford 0 0 15 13 13                       41 5th
Justin Wilson 12 15 12 0 0                       39 6th
Kevin Maartensz 6 9 8 10 6                       39 7th
Iain Salteri 15 0 0 20 0                       35 8th
Ben Weeks 5 8 3 8 4                       28 9th
Matt Pisani 10 0 9 0 9                       28 10th
Wade Keenan 0 12 13 0 0                       25 11th
Enda Murphy 0 0 10 9 2                       21 12th
Tim Hamilton 20 0 0 0 0                       20 13th
Ross Rizzo 0 0 0 0 20                       20 14th
Jayme Hemi 4 10 0 0 3                       17 15th
Michael Palladino 0 0 0 0 17                       17 16th
Michael Nicholas 8 0 6 0 0                       14 17th
Iain McIntosh 0 0 5 7 0                       12 18th
Jason Brooks 0 0 0 11 0                       11 19th
Scott Durham 0 0 0 0 10                       10 20th
Francarlo Rizzo 0 0 0 0 9                       9 21st
Rob Cooper 7 0 0 0 0                       7 22nd
Josh Behn 0 0 0 0 5                       5 23rd
Bobby Leprem 0 0 4 0 0                       4 24th
Clint Vardy 3 0 0 0 0                       3 25th
Lucas Scholes 2 0 0 0 0                         2 26th


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