Hamstead Moves Closer To Securing Championship
By: Dylan Sharman
Round 10 of the iRacing.com V8 Supercar Championship headed into Canada to tackle Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (Mosport). After having two weeks break for most of the drivers everyone was back in full force and ready to take on the last three weeks of the season to see who will be crowned the 2012 Season 4 champion.
Madison Down topped the time sheets with a blistering 1:18.490 with Justin Ruggier taking second in the last qualifying session of the week just edging out Hamstead by .03 of a second. Vail Riches would start from fourth with Shaun Kelly from fifth as John Emerson and Mitchell McLeod in sixth and seventh. Michael Fabian, Mitchell Abrahall and Christopher Osborne would round out the top ten drivers in the main race.
When the lights went green it was Down leading the field through turn one with Ruggier and Hamstead in toe, with everyone staying single file and this being one of the hardest places to pass people on it would be difficult. McLeod would make a move on Emerson into turn one on lap two after Emerson got a poor exit out of the last corner. On lap two through moss, Robert Hartley put his rear left off into the dirt and spun it around.
Out front no one was catching Down until lap 7 when Down would drop out from the race and DNF but to make this worse his team mate McLeod would also drop out aswell and retire from the race too, for Down this would all but finish his chances at securing his sixth V8 Supercar title but with two weeks to go anything can happen. On lap 8 into turn three Marlon McMullen put a wheel off and ended his race too as he received heavy damage to his Rear End Racing Falcon. A few laps later Mark Anderson would also put his XSG Motorsports Falcon into the fence after getting wheel spin out of moss. Scott Fountain was the biggest mover in the field and at the half way mark Fountain had already moved up 6 positions.
On the end of lap 16 Hamstead would try to make a move on Ruggier into the final corner, but when Hamstead tried to dive by the time he realized he wasn’t far enough up and saw Ruggier turn across their wasn’t enough time to avoid tapping the rear of Ruggier car and Ruggier spun it around dropping back to seventh.
Hamstead would 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 charging Shaun Kelly who rounded out the podium in third position. Emerson would come home in third place in the final TTL Falcon with Mitchell Abrahall rounding out the top five. Christopher Osborne would hold off Justin Ruggier to come home in sixth place while Ruggier would have to settle for seventh place. Kevin Duwel and Corey Osborne would battle all race along and finish in eighth and ninth while a hard charging Scott Fountain would make up 11 positions to finish inside 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: Jon Latham
Split Three Winner: Darrell Gale
Split Four Winner: Jason Scandolera
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