The real-world V8 Supercar series was run and won on the weekend past, but the online series is just hotting up.

Not quite at the halfway point, and even long before that, the saga was developing into a slugfest between two former series winners- Trans Tasman Racing’s Madison Down and Tatts.com Racing’s  Mitchell McLeod.

But the heat is not confined to those two. Now a veteran of the predominantly Aussie series, The Hague’s Rens Broekman has taken the fight to Down and McLeod, relying on more than just a hiccup in his rivals’ game. He has now hauled himself into second place on the series’ ladder.

The see-sawing fortunes between the two former series winners and these other top runners has been the stuff of fables.

The colonials descended upon Northamptonshire and historic Silverstone, tonight in the International layout. McLeod collected valuable points in the early race, finishing second to Broekman in a race from which Down was noticeably absent with various real-world assigmnents. Cal Whatore was third in that top split, while the other split winners were Josh Smith and Spud Gibson.

Broekman storms off

The Main Event was yet again pushing the 4,000 mark in strength-of-field. Broekman was on pole from McLeod and Down, a delectable scenario. Simon Madden for Direct Clutch Services was happy in fourth from Michael McCabe, Madden’s DCS teammate Stuart Wood, Cal Whatmore, Paul Larkin, Troy Cox and Lewis Dodimead.

Broekman broke away at the lead in what was to be a lights-to-flag performance. McLeod was tardy and lost second to Down. Three laps later, exiting the tight right hander after Maggotts, Down had a sticking throttle, and after the ensuing drag race down the back straight, McLeod was back into second place at the Abbey Hairpin, albeit with some brake-locking and contact with the TTR car.  “I wasn’t too worried about it” said McLeod of the contact, and Down concurred: “…all good. That’s touring car racing..the way it should be!”

Broekman earns a breather as Down and McLeod fight it out

“You must be half-Aussie by now!” – George Fullerton on Rens Broekman

Broekman was two seconds or so up the road and McLeod set about making up the gap. Down hung on in third despite pedal issues, leaving the series champ to drool over some new ones, before the Suzuka round, he hopes.

Meanwhile, McCabe was fourth after sailing by DCS teammates Wood and Madden, who had almost taken eachother out at the start. Madden and Cal Whatmore pretty much owned fifth and sixth respectively for the whole race.

Wood spent the early part of the race battling with a fast-starting Corey Slade, who settled back into a duel with Josh Muggleton and Tatts.com’s Scott U’Ren, giving Wood a break. Eventually, U’Ren hauled them all in after conserving enough tyre for a late-race charge, but couldn’t quite crack Whatmore’s sixth place.

McLeod threw everything at Broekman in the closing stages. At the same place he’d dispensed with Down many laps earlier, McLeod served Broekman with a hefty hit after locking brakes, but good sportsmanship prevailed. “I made sure he got going before I did. It wouldn’t have been a fair pass if I’d got it done (that way)” said McLeod and they crossed the line less than one second apart.

U'Ren eventually triumphed over Slade, Muggleton and Co...

Down, faulty pedals notwithstanding, was still only two seconds back in third place. McCabe was fourth, and following him Madden, Whatmore, U’Ren, Wood, Larkin, and Slade in tenth. Series “godfather” George Fullerton was just outside the top ten after, some early contact with Shaun Kelly, making some quips about the honourary nationality of the race-winner.

Indeed, Broekman’s performance has spiced up this “Aussie” party.

OVERALL DIVISION STANDINGS

POS DRIVER DIVISION CLUB POINTS DEFICIT
1 Madison Down 1 Australia/NZ 1178 0
2 Rens Broekman 1 Benelux 1121 -57
3 Scott U’Ren 1 Australia/NZ 977 -201
4 Cal Whatmore 1 Australia/NZ 967 -211
5 Mitchell McLeod 1 Australia/NZ 942 -236
6 Richard Hamstead 1 Australia/NZ 806 -372
7 Paul Larkin 2 Australia/NZ 780 -398
8 Joshua Muggleton 1 Australia/NZ 748 -430
9 Michael McCabe 1 Australia/NZ 684 -494
10 Lewis Dodimead 2 Australia/NZ 674 -504
11 George Fullerton 1 Australia/NZ 666 -512
12 Beau Cubis 1 Australia/NZ 643 -535
13 Simon Black 1 Australia/NZ 622 -556
14 Trevor Forster 2 Australia/NZ 618 -560
15 Neil Pearson 3 Australia/NZ 591 -587
16 Shaun Kelly 2 Australia/NZ 591 -587
17 Brad Ryan 4 Australia/NZ 570 -608
18 John Emerson 2 Australia/NZ 569 -609
19 Kevin Duwel 2 Benelux 560 -618
20 David Hingston 2 Australia/NZ 543 -635
21 Samuel Collins 2 Australia/NZ 527 -651
22 Stuart Wood 2 Australia/NZ 522 -656
23 Kieron Peace 2 England 521 -657
24 Carwyn May 3 Australia/NZ 512 -666
25 Richard Lock 2 Australia/NZ 502 -676
26 James McKnight 3 Australia/NZ 490 -688
27 Wayne G Hewitt 3 Australia/NZ 489 -689
28 Clayton Brooks 4 Australia/NZ 485 -693
29 Vern Norrgard 2 Australia/NZ 483 -695
30 Colin Boyd 2 Australia/NZ 479 -699
31 Alexander Chailytko 2 Central-Eastern Europe 467 -711
32 Stuart Timmins 3 Australia/NZ 467 -711
33 David Martinez 2 Iberia 455 -723
34 Michael Koroleff 3 Australia/NZ 442 -736
35 Jason Brunton 2 Australia/NZ 442 -736
36 Esben Tipple 3 Scandinavia 426 -752
37 Paul Gallen 5 Australia/NZ 425 -753
38 Richard Sobolewski 2 Celtic 421 -757
39 Warren Pead 3 Australia/NZ 420 -758
40 Richard Hunter 2 Australia/NZ 410 -768
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