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09 February 2013 - 03:39 PM
08 February 2013 - 09:35 PM
Its Anyone’s Championship....
Author: Scott Beattie
Although Adam Clarke has continued his winning ways tonight, claiming the preliminary feature race for the Australian Title, it is Mark Brown who is in the best position, sitting atop the points chart going into the final nights racing.
An intense night of racing that saw multiple huge crashes, some big moves and of course awesome racing has left the crowd wanting more while the racers are hungry for success, while some of the pre race favourites suffered dramas. Below are the details of how the opening night of hostilities unfolded.
Heat One – Bryn Lake spun before even reaching the start line seeing the first yellows of the night come out. Travis Mills took the early lead, while American sensation Alex Bright looked for a way underneath him. Adam Clarke meanwhile was working his way through the field and had made his way into third by the end of lap one. Clarke then went around the outside of Bright and then underneath Mills to take the lead as lap three came to a close. Try as he might Mills just couldn’t fight back and Clarke pulled away. Clarke then survived a restart and took the win from Mills and the impressive Paul Robinson.
Heat Two – Mark Brown took the lead from the time the green flag flew, racing ahead of Lee Redmond, Ryan Jones and Glen Mears. Jones and Redmond battled it out for second as the yellows came out for Dayne Kingshott who’s machine came to a stop in turn three with just one lap complete. The restart saw Jones nudging Redmond across the line and then the two wage battle in very close quarters. In the end Brown pulled away and took the win from Redmond and Jones
Heat Three – The very much improved Travis White led the opening laps of the third heat, with Casey Shuman trailing him while Scott Glazebrook and Neville Lance worked their way through the field. White opened up a decent gap before spinning to the infield in turn one, handing the lead to Shuman. With four laps to go Neville Lance had caught and passed Shuman for the lead while Dean Merrylees had passed Glazebrook for third place. The order remained unchanged from here.
Heat Four – Daryl Clayden and Bryn Lake touched wheels at the start, with Lake moving into lead while Clayden, Mills and Shuman followed. Mills had a look under Clayden but Clayden pulled away while Mills had a few scary moments by himself. As the race drew on Clayden closed on Lake and then took the lead on lap four. Lake then retook the lead with some contact made that saw Clayden ride the back straight wall before continuing. Lake got the infringement flag for the incident while Mills took the opportunity to catch and pass Clayden. The yellows then came out for a spun car and as per the rules, Lake was relegated two positions. After some contact again between Lake and Clayden under the yellows the race got back underway with the leader Mills racing away before getting some serious side bite, allowing Clayden to briefly take the lead before Mills fought back and held on to claim the win from Clayden and Lake.
Heat Five – Alfonso Guadagnino took the early lead while Redmond fought through into second. Brown very quickly arrived on the scene while Redmond took over the point on lap three. Brown then moved under Alfie for second and the field spreads out a little. Brown slowly closed on Redmond and with one to go Brown took the lead by going underneath Redmond in turn one. Redmond fought back in turn three and retook the lead, with Redmond just holding on in the drag race to the finish line.
Heat Six – There was a little bit of contact at the start of heat six as Adam Clarke took the lead from Merrylees and Lance. Shuman then dove underneath Lance for third on lap three. Lance went back under Shuman, but Shuman fought back and overtook Merrylees at the same time and moved into second. Lance again went under Shuman but again Shuman fought back. All of a sudden Adam Clarke found himself in the turn four wall with a seriously smoking car and significant damage, seeing him bring out the yellows and fail to finish. Merrylees had nowhere to go and collected Clarke, seeing both suffer more damage. Shuman led the restart from Lance and Robinson with Lance right on Shumans tail. He looked underneath with three to go but Shuman pulled away again, while Manders around outside of Robinson for third. With one to go Lance again looked under Shuman and it was incredibly close, but in the end it was too little too late as Shuman took the win.
Heat Seven – Possibly the race of the night, Alex Bright went to the lead, while Lake went around outside into second and Merrylees underneath in third. Brown was close behind and then moved into third and began battling with Lake. The two gained on Bright and the three cars were battling in very close quarters. Lake went under Bright for lead, but Bright went back around outside. Lake then went under again, bit again Bright went underneath and retook the lead. Brown then went underneath them both and grabbed second with lake moving back around the outside. The three cars then went three wide, with lake just edging ahead. Brown again went underneath and briefly took the lead before Lake again took over the point and slightly pulled away. Brown then tried a massive slide job and ended up nudging Lake into the front straight wall. Luckily all continued and Lake chased brown down again and then on the last corner of the last lap went through and took the win from Brown.
Heat Eight – Adam Clarke and his team did a great job to repair their car and get back underway. Brown immediately took the lead, with Shuman underneath him looking for the lead. Just then the red lights came on for Travis White who had hit the wall on back straight and went for a huge ride, as had Ryan Jones a little further on in turn three. Both cars are huge messes and were done for the night. Six cars returned for the restart with Shuman leading Clarke and mills. Clarke took the lead again and he survived one more yellow flag to become the first and only multiple heat winner ahead of Shuman and Mills.
Heat Nine – The final heat of the night saw Vaughan Manders head straight to the front, followed closely by Paul Robinson. Manders pulled away while Robbo had a half lose, forcing Glazebrook to hit the anchors and allowing Clayden underneath into fourth place. Glazebrook fought back and moved into third. As Lance began to close on Manders for lead the reds came out again as Clayden rolled over in turn one. The restart saw Manders maintain his lead and take the win from Lance and Glazebrook.
Preliminary Feature – The feature was exciting from the very start, with the leaders Lance and Brown and Shuman going three wide on first turn. Lake hit wall but continued on as Lance took the lead, with Brown looking underneath him. By this stage Mills was third while Dayne Kingshott, who had not completed a race all night and had started from the rear, was already in tenth place.
With fifteen laps of the twenty lap distance to go the yellows came out for Robinson and Guadagnino who had become entangled, seeing Chris Telenta hit them. Brown went under Lance at the restart, but Lance quickly fought back as behind them, Clarke and Shuman battle for fourth and closed on Mills. The top four then were so close that you could have thrown a blanket over them, with Lance checking up and Clarke moving into second just as the yellows came out for Karl Prall.
Clarke went into the lead at the restart followed by Brown, while Glazebrook made a huge move to get into third place. Clarke pulled away while Glazebrook chased Brown for second and Shuman, Lake and Lance battled behind. Once again the yellows came out, this time for Alex Bright who stopped on back straight. Glazebrook was relegated on the restart, seeing Clarke lead away Brown Schuman and Lake. Dayne Kingshott continued his charge and took over fourth spot before the yellows flashed again for Travis Mills who had spun to a stop.
The restart sees Clarke lead away Brown and Kingshott, Schuman, Lake and Glazebrook. Kingshott went under Brown for second at restart, and then set out after Clarke before something broke in his car and saw him slow up against the wall before sliding down across the track and bringing out another yellow. Clarke again led the field away while Lake moved under Shuman for third, followed by Glazebrook who took over fourth place. In the end Clarke crossed the line first ahead of Brown, Lake and Glazebrook.
Overall points now see Mark Brown at the top of the tree ahead of Lance and Shuman.
Full points are below.
Tomorrow night will see one more round of heats (detailed below) before a top eight pole shootout and then the all important 40 lap feature race.
Who will win? Make sure you are at the Perth Motorplex tomorrow to find out!
Heat One – 1st Adam Clarke, 2nd Travis Mills, 3rd Paul Robinson, 4th Bryn Lake, 5th Alex Bright, 6th Steven Henderson, 7th Phillip Jeffrey. DNF: Karl Prall, Rob Golding.
Heat Two – 1st Mark Brown, 2nd Lee Redmond, 3rd Ryan Jones, 4th Daryl Clayden, 5th Glen Mears, 6th Chris Telenta, 7th Bob Goddard. DNF: Daniel Golding, Dayne Kingshott.
Heat Three – 1st Neville Lance, 2nd Casey Shuman, 3rd Dean Merrylees, 4th Scott Glazebrook, 5th Alfonso Guadagnino, 6th Andy Pearce, 7th Perry Farcich. DNF: Travis White, Vaughan Manders.
Heat Four – 1st Travis Mills, 2nd Daryl Clayden, 3rd Bryn Lake, 4th Ryan Jones, 5th Bob Goddard, 6th Glen Mears, 7th Philip Jeffrey, 8th Karl Prall. DNS: Chris Telenta.
Heat Five – 1st Lee Redmond, 2nd Mark Brown, 3rd Alfonso Guadagnino, 4th Travis White, 5th Scott Glazebrook, 6th Daniel Golding. DNF: Perry Farcich. DNS: Dayne Kingshott.
Heat Six – 1st Casey Shuman, 2nd Neville Lance, 3rd Vaughan Manders, 4th Paul Robinson, 5th Alex Bright, 6th Steven Henderson. DNF: Adam Clarke, Dean Merrylees. DNS: Rob Golding.
Heat Seven – 1st Bryn Lake, 2nd Mark Brown, 3rd Alex Bright, 4th Lee Redmond, 5th Dean Merrylees, 6th Alfonso Guadagnino, 7th Chris Telenta, 8th Bob Goddard. DNS: Dayne Kingshott.
Heat Eight – 1st Adam Clarke, 2nd Casey Shuman, 3rd Travis Mills, 4th Glen Mears, 5thPhilip Jeffrey. DNF: Rob Golding Ryan Jones, Travis White. DNS: Andy Pearce.
Heat Nine – 1st Vaughan Manders, 2nd Neville Lance, 3rd Scott Glazebrook, 4th Paul Robinson, 5th Daniel Golding, 6th Steven Henderson, 7th Karl Prall. DNF: Daryl Clayden. DNS: Perry Farcich.
Preliminary Feature Race – 1st Adam Clarke, 2nd Mark Brown, 3rd Bryn Lake, 4th Scott Glazebrook, 5th Neville Lance, 6th Lee Redmond, 7th Travis Mills, 8th Casey Shuman, 9th Vaughan Manders, 10th Glen Mears, 11th Dean Merrylees, 12th Steven Henderson, 13th Paul Robinson, 14th Daniel Golding, 15th Bob Goddard, 16th Karl Prall. DNF: Dayne Kingshott, Philip Jeffrey, Alex Bright, Alfonso Guadagnino, Chris Telenta, DNS: Daryl Clayden, Ryan Jones, Travis White, Andy Pearce, Perry Farcich, Rob Golding.
OVERALL POINTS AFTER NIGHT 1:
1. N9 Brown - 89.5
2. W14 Lance - 88
3. US2 Shuman - 86.5
4. N41 Mills - 83
5. W9 Redmond - 80.5
6. W26 Lake - 78
7. W21 Clarke - 75
8. W3 Glazebrook - 63.5
9. W22 Manders - 62
10. W8 Robinson - 61
11. W23 Mears - 54.5
12. W19 Henderson - 48.5
13. N12 Merrylees - 47
14. W25 Goddard - 46
15. W17 D Golding - 38.5
16. N75 Bright- 38
17. W6 Guadagnino - 37
18. W45 Clayden - 33
19. N93 Jones- 29
20. W37 Jeffrey – 29
21. W12 Telenta - 19
22. W38 White - 13
23. V5 Pearce - 10
24. W50 Prall - 9.5
25. W18 Farcich - 9
26. W24 Kingshott - 0
27. W15 R Golding - 0
18 October 2012 - 06:33 PM