Hamstead Moves Closer To Securing Championship

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  • 10/01/2013
  • By Dylan Sharman

Round 10 of the iRacing.com V8 Supercar Championship headedinto Canada to tackle Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (Mosport). After having twoweeks break for most of the drivers everyone was back in full force and readyto take on the last three weeks of the season to see who will be crowned the2012 Season 4 champion.

MadisonDown topped the time sheets with a blistering 1:18.490 with Justin Ruggiertaking second in the last qualifying session of the week just edging outHamstead by .03 of a second. Vail Riches would start from fourth with ShaunKelly from fifth as John Emerson and Mitchell McLeod in sixth and seventh.Michael Fabian, Mitchell Abrahall and Christopher Osborne would round out thetop ten drivers in the main race.

When thelights went green it was Down leading the field through turn one with Ruggierand Hamstead in toe, with everyone staying single file and this being one ofthe hardest places to pass people on it would be difficult. McLeod would make amove on Emerson into turn one on lap two after Emerson got a poor exit out ofthe last corner.  On lap two throughmoss, Robert Hartley put his rear left off into the dirt and spun it around.

Out frontno one was catching Down until lap 7 when Down would drop out from the race andDNF but to make this worse his team mate McLeod would also drop out aswell andretire from the race too, for Down this would all but finish his chances atsecuring his sixth V8 Supercar title but with two weeks to go anything canhappen. On lap 8 into turn three Marlon McMullen put a wheel off and ended hisrace too as he received heavy damage to his Rear End Racing Falcon. A few lapslater Mark Anderson would also put his XSG Motorsports Falcon into the fenceafter getting wheel spin out of moss. Scott Fountain was the biggest mover inthe field and at the half way mark Fountain had already moved up 6 positions.

On theend of lap 16 Hamstead would try to make a move on Ruggier into the finalcorner, but when Hamstead tried to dive by the time he realized he wasn’t farenough up and saw Ruggier turn across their wasn’t enough time to avoid tappingthe rear of Ruggier car and Ruggier spun it around dropping back to seventh.

Hamsteadwould hold off his team mate Riches to take a 1-2 on return after the break,Riches had a strong run all night long and was able to hold off a hard chargingShaun Kelly who rounded out the podium in third position. Emerson would comehome in third place in the final TTL Falcon with Mitchell Abrahall rounding outthe top five. Christopher Osborne would hold off Justin Ruggier to comehome in sixth place while Ruggier would have to settle for seventh place. KevinDuwel and Corey Osborne would battle all race along and finish in eighth andninth while a hard charging Scott Fountain would make up 11 positions to finishinside the top 10.

Top Five Drivers – Championship Points – Overall
1.    Richard Hamstead – 1973
2.    Justin V Ruggier – 1832
3.    Rens Broekman – 1796
4.    Madison Down – 1735
5.    Vail Riches – 1685

Split Two Winner: JonLatham

Split Three Winner:Darrell Gale

Split Four Winner:Jason Scandolera

Broadcast done by the crew at www.v8sonline.com.au

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