BOC GASES AUSTRALIAN SUPER TOURING CHAMPIONSHIP - ROUND 6 QUEENSLAND RACEWAY, IPSWICH: Race Report, Sunday, August 1 RICHARDS WINS & CLOSES GAP ON MORRIS Works Volvo driver Jim Richards closed to within 16 points of series leader and...
BOC GASES AUSTRALIAN SUPER TOURING CHAMPIONSHIP - ROUND 6 QUEENSLAND RACEWAY, IPSWICH: Race Report, Sunday, August 1
RICHARDS WINS & CLOSES GAP ON MORRIS
Works Volvo driver Jim Richards closed to within 16 points of series leader and arch-rival and Paul Morris in the battle for this year's BOC Gases Australian Super Touring Championship title with a decisive victory at Queensland Raceway in Ipswich today.
The six-times Bathurst 1000 winner drove his Volvo S40 to two wins and a second in the three races on the 3.1km circuit in warm conditions. Richards secured 42 points for his results, which boosted his championship tally to 173.
Queenslander Morris, who went into the round with a 21-point championship lead, scored 37 and improved his championship total to 189. The dual Super Touring champion had a first, a second, and a third in the Queensland Raceway round in his NEMO Racing BMW 320.
Defending champion Brad Jones remained third in the championship on 136 points, after finishing with a second place and two thirds in a Audi Sport Australia A4. Jones' Victorian team-mate Matthew Coleman is fourth on 119. He was unable to contest the third race because of suspension damage after contact with the Signature Security Systems Ford Mondeo driven by Sydney's Dean Canto in race two.
Canto's Sydney-based team-mate, Peter Hills, clinched the Independents Cup at Queensland Raceway. He improved his score to 206 points, and cannot be headed regardless of results in the final two rounds of the championship at Oran Park in Sydney on August 15 and Calder Park in Sydney on August 29. Sydney's Anthony Robson is in second place on 106 points in a Project Racing Honda Accord.
Richards started the first race over 10 laps from ninth position on the grid and took the chequered flag in 12-mins 37.92-secs, finishing 0.74-secs clear of Morris who was followed by Jones and Coleman. Morris led until the final lap when he was passed by Richards.
The second race, over 17 laps, began in spectacular fashion when Canto and Coleman collided. The impact broke the left-front wheel on Canto's car. On lap 10 the MPD Racing BMW 318 of Melbourne's Michael Downard flipped after touching a kerb entering Turn Four. A Safety Car led the field for two laps after the incident before racing resumed. Downard was not injured apart from a bruised elbow, but his car was severely damaged. Morris won the race in 26-mins 35.52-secs, with Richards second, and Jones third.
Richards charged to a convincing victory in race three over 20-laps. He had a winning margin of 10.69-secs over Jones, who was followed by Morris. The win by Richards was assisted by his pit-crew who proved fastest in the compulsory pit-stops for all cars to change two wheels.
JIM RICHARDS (Volvo Racing S40): "We needed some good results this weekend and we got them. There's still six races to go so the championship is in our reach if we're good enough. I felt we had the best car and tyre package here, and the Volvo team did a terrific pit-stop."
PAUL MORRIS (NEMO Racing BMW 320): "I thought I had the situation covered in the first race, but on the last lap I slid wide getting into Turn Two and lost my mid-corner speed. Jim (Richards) got a run at me coming out of the corner and after that it was his race. We still scored some valuable points."
MATTHEW COLEMAN (Audi Sport Australia A4): "My car 'bogged' down on the start line in the second race. It appears (Dean) Canto went for a gap between Brad (Jones) and I. The Mondeo hit my right front wheel - the steering wasn't right after that. The front-upright on my car was cracked and unfortunately it put me out of the last race."
PETER HILLS (Signature Security Systems Ford Mondeo): "I've been in this championship since the first year (1994) and it's always been my goal to win this (Independents Cup). To finally do so is very satisfying. Hopefully this success will help us take another step up the ladder."
RESULTS - RACE 1 (10 laps): POS DRIVER CAR TIME 1. Jim Richards (Vic) Volvo Racing S40 12:37.92 1. Paul Morris (Qld) NEMO Racing BMW 320 12:38.66 3. Brad Jones (NSW) Audi Sport Australia A4 12:40.95 4. Matthew Coleman (Vic) Audi Sport Australia A4 12:49.76 5. Mark Adderton (NSW) Volvo Racing S40 12:50.90 6. Dean Canto (NSW) Signature Security Systems Ford Mondeo 12:56.17 7. Peter Hills (NSW) Signature Security Systems Ford Mondeo 12:56.78 8. Anthony Robson (NSW) Project Racing Honda Accord 13:06.76 9. Tony Newman (NZ) TC Motorsport Peugeot 406 13:10.08 10. Jim Cornish (NSW) Visit Your Vet Nissan Primera 13:20.11 FASTEST LAP: Richards 1-min 13.87-secs
RESULTS - RACE 2 (17 laps): POS DRIVER CAR TIME 1. Paul Morris (Qld) NEMO Racing BMW 320 26:35.52 2. Jim Richards (Vic) Volvo Racing S40 26:36.11 3. Brad Jones (NW) Audi Sport Australia A4 26:37.47 4. Matthew Coleman (Vic) Audi Sport Australia A4 26:45.73 5. Mark Adderton (NSW) Volvo Racing S40 26:46.50 6. Peter Hills (NSW) Team Mondeo Ford 26:48.65 7. Anthony Robson (NSW) Project Racing Honda Accord 26:49.80 8. Tony Newman (NZ) TC Motorsport Peugeot 406 26:53.90 9. Troy Searle (NSW) Roadchill-Express-SAE BMW 318 26:54.92 10. Jim Cornish (NSW) Visit Your Vet Nissan Primera 26:56.68 FASTEST LAP: Jones 1-min 13.88-secs
RESULTS - RACE 3 (20 laps): POS DRIVER CAR TIME 1. Jim Richards (Vic) Volvo Racing S40 25:23.89 2. Brad Jones (NSW) Audi Sport Australia A4 25:34.58 3. Paul Morris (Qld) NEMO Racing BMW 320 25:35.06 4. Mark Adderton (NSW) Volvo Racing S40 26:10.71 5. Peter Hills (NSW) Signature Security Systems Ford Mondeo 26:13.97 6. Anthony Robson (NSW) Project Racing Honda Accord 26:31.68 7. Tony Newman (NZ) TC Motorsport Peugeot 406 Lap down 8. Mark Zonneveld (A.C.T.) TC Motorsport Peugeot 405 Lap down 9. Aaron McGill (NSW) Trinovin Ford Mondeo Lap down 10. John Teulan (Qld) Crossroads Discount Centre BMW 318 Lap down FASTEST LAP: Richards 1-min 13.83-secs
DRIVERS CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS (after round 6): Morris 189, Richards 173, Jones 136, Coleman 119, Hills 85, Adderton 49, Watts 40, Canto 38, Robson 34, Newman 25, Henderson 23, Auger 21, Williamson 17, McGill 15, Wall 8, L. Searle 8, Cornish 5, Townshend 3, Rea 3, Zonneveld 3, T. Searle 2, Elias 1, Leslight 1, Teulan
MANUFACTURERS CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS (after round 6): Volvo 204, Audi 189
TEAMS CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS (after round 6): Audi Sport Australia 309, Volvo Racing 270, Signature Security Systems Ford Mondeo 164, Project Racing 92, Paul Morris Motorsport 40, TC Motorsport 30
INDEPENDENTS CUP CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS (after round 6): Hills 206, Robson 106, Canto 102, Newman 84, Auger 74, McGill 64, Henderson 55, Watts 49, L. Searle 40, Cornish 40, Leslight 24, Wall 22, Rea 19, T. Searle 17, Elias 14, Zonneveld 13, Teulan 12, Stones 10, Townshend 8, Letcher 7, Downard 6
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