Sydney driver Warren Luff clinched the 2002 V8 BRute Series with two races to spare in his Ford Falcon XR8 in the final round on the Gold Coast Indy street circuit today. James Brock, in a Holden Commodore SS, comfortably won the first of ...
Sydney driver Warren Luff clinched the 2002 V8 BRute Series with two races to spare in his Ford Falcon XR8 in the final round on the Gold Coast Indy street circuit today.
James Brock, in a Holden Commodore SS, comfortably won the first of this weekend's three scheduled races, but Luff needed only a safe drive to fifth spot to put the hotly-contested ute series beyond reach.
Luff was beaten today by his closest championship rival Gary MacDonald, but his points margin of 167 is more than the Commodore driver can make up in the remaining races tomorrow and Sunday.
Luff, a 26-year-old advanced driving instructor from Sydney, has scored eight wins from 22 starts so far this season for the Nilsson Motorsport team.
"It's a relief to get the series locked away early, so I can just enjoy the racing for the rest of the weekend," he said.
"With all the Holdens and Fords having equal performance and with some really tough competitors in the series like Alan Grice, it's very satisfying to have won.
"And I hope it's not lost on the fans that this is one Holden versus Ford series that a Ford driver has won!"
Both Brock and Luff were fortunate to claim their wins after their cars were found to be lighter than the required weight during this morning's qualifying.
A tight timetable meant stewards' charges against them could not be heard until after the race. The charges were upheld, but the penalty of disallowing their qualifying times, which would have put them to the rear of the starting grid, effectively was not able to be applied because the race had been run.
However, their teams were fined.
Luff had qualified fastest, but drew 12th spot in the usual ballot for grid positions. After qualifying seventh, Brock drew second position, on the front row beside Holden's Steve Robinson.
"It obviously helps to get a good grid draw on a track like this. There are several places to pass, but if you're in front of the field it's the best place," Brock said.
RESULTS Round 8, Race 1 (5 laps):
1. James Brock (Vic.) Holden Commodore SS
2. Steve Robinson (Qld) Holden Commodore SS
3. Charlie Kovacs (SA) Holden Commodore SS
4. Gary MacDonald (NSW) Holden Commodore SS
5. Warren Luff (NSW) Ford Falcon XR8
6. Jack Elsegood (NSW) Ford Falcon XR8
1010 Warren Luff
843 Gary MacDonald
795 Damien White.
WEEKEND TIMETABLE: Friday - 9.30 Race 2 (5 laps). Saturday - not on track. Sunday - 7.55 Race 3 (5 laps).