Season Four of the iRacing V8 Supercar Series by Bigpond Sport kicked off at Mosport, straight out of the starting gates the Down v McLeod show re-ignited. That said, there are some new-ish names looking awfully fast, and wanting a piece of the action.

Aussies love a punt, and Season Three nearly-man Mitch McLeod gambled on Tatts Corp sponsorship giving him a turn of luck for Season Four.

Season Three champ Madison Down was absent for the 7.45 race, so McLeod came out punching. Pole position was his from Richard Hamstead, Rens Broekman, Cal Whatmore and Scott U’Ren, also sporting Tatts colours. Newbie Michael Clark was in sixth from Beau Cubis, Lewis Dodimead, Stuart Wood and Richard Lock.

There were a few new faces in this top split, not surprising considering the record numbers.

Season Four blasts off in Canada

McLeod took off with Hamstead in tow, showing impressive speed. Broekman set off third, but a “bump and run” tap from Whatmore put him back to fourth with the latter into the top three.  Broekman was left to deal with U’Ren and Cubis. Clark, Wood, Dodimead and Lock were close behind in the top ten.

Cubis made a mistake at the double RH and Clark was through into 6th on lap 10.

Trans-Tasman's new signing Beau Cubis gets it a bit wrong, with Clark ready to pounce

Hamstead hung on to McLeod for grim death but the gap soon widened. NOt by much, but enough to give McLeod some breathing room.

With Samuel Collins, Colin Boyd and Bigpond’s Vern Norrgard relatively lonely in 11th, 12th and 13th, back in 14th, David Hingston, Mathew Probert, Trevor Forster and Kevin Duwel were battling like it was for the lead.

Meanwhile, by Lap 15, Broekman was thinking  about getting his third place back from Whatmore. While he worked at this, U’Ren paid close attention to the pair. Behind them Clark, who had taken 6th from Cubis, gave it right back with a lost at the double RH.

McLeod’s lead was out to seven seconds by Lap 20, and he left everyone in little doubt as to the challenge thrown out to reigning champ Madison Down. On the penultimate lap, U’Ren got past Broekman after applying monumental pressure, Broekman sidestepping at Turn Three.

Hingston, Probert, Forster and Duwel duke it out

In the end it was McLeod from an impressive Hamstead, then Whatmore, U’Ren, Broekman, Cubis, Clark, Dodimead, Lock and Simon Black. Outside the top ten were Collins, Boyd, Forster, Hingston, Probert and Duwel after their epic fight. Then Matt Anderson, Andrew Wauchope, Jack Stoner and Norrgard in 20th.

The view to McLeod...

For the higher SOF 9.45 race, Down came back signalling his own intentions, taking a flag to flag victory from pole. For the first half of the race, McLeod swapped second place with Hamstead but eventually prevailled, pulling out a nine-second gap, but 5 seconds behind Down. Hamstead fell into the clutches of  Whatmore and U’Ren. Broekman had been running fourth but dropped back after contact when Hamstead, fumbling with steering wheel buttons, got into a tussle with the Nfinity car.

“I think Trans Tasman Racing will only be stronger in the coming rounds” – Madison Down

In the end it was Down, McLeod, U’Ren and Whatmore separated by mostly nothing, Hamstead, Cubis, Wood, Clark, Broekman, Lock, Norrgard, George Fullerton, Paul Larkin and the normally speedy Joshua Muggleton (“Muggles”) in 14th after a spin and smoky crash on the last lap. Winner Down:” It’s been great having some new blood in the team…I think Trans Tasman Racing will only be stronger in the coming rounds”. Ominous words…

The survivors of this race then paid tribute to the fallen MotoGP hero Marco Simoncelli with a lap of respect. It was a touching moment, yet again, from the V8 iRacers.

As for Season Four- it’s on.

OVERALL DIVISION STANDINGS

POS DRIVER DIVISION CLUB POINTS POINTS BACK
1 Madison Down 1 Australia/NZ 234 0
2 Mitchell McLeod 1 Australia/NZ 223 -11
3 Scott U’Ren 1 Australia/NZ 212 -22
4 Cal Whatmore 1 Australia/NZ 202 -32
5 Richard Hamstead 1 Australia/NZ 198 -36
6 Beau Cubis 1 Australia/NZ 180 -54
7 Rens Broekman 1 Benelux 171 -63
8 Stuart Wood 2 Australia/NZ 170 -64
9 Michael Clark 1 Australia/NZ 159 -75
10 Paul Rodgers 2 Australia/NZ 158 -76
11 John Emerson 2 Australia/NZ 157 -77
12 Neil Pearson 3 Australia/NZ 150 -84
13 George Fullerton 1 Australia/NZ 148 -86
14 Lewis Dodimead 2 Australia/NZ 144 -90
15 Jay Boving 2 Australia/NZ 142 -92
16 Paul Larkin 2 Australia/NZ 140 -94
17 Richard Lock 2 Australia/NZ 138 -96
18 Kieron Peace 2 England 137 -97
19 Colin Boyd 2 Australia/NZ 135 -99
20 David Hingston 2 Australia/NZ 132 -102
21 Vern Norrgard 2 Australia/NZ 127 -107
22 Andrew Wauchope 2 Australia/NZ 127 -107
23 Simon Black 1 Australia/NZ 126 -108
24 Shaun Kelly 2 Australia/NZ 123 -111
25 Barclay Holden 2 Australia/NZ 120 -114
26 Samuel Collins 2 Australia/NZ 117 -117
27 Silvio Krieg 2 DE-AT-CH 115 -119
28 Wayne G Hewitt 3 Australia/NZ 113 -121
29 Kevin Duwel 2 Benelux 113 -121
30 Stuart Timmins 3 Australia/NZ 113 -121
31 Jacob Fredriksson 1 Scandinavia 110 -124
32 Jamie Skella 2 Australia/NZ 107 -127
33 Shaun Doecke 3 Australia/NZ 106 -128
34 Mathew Probert 2 Australia/NZ 105 -129
35 Esben Tipple 3 Scandinavia 105 -129
36 James McKnight 3 Australia/NZ 102 -132
37 Trevor Forster 2 Australia/NZ 99 -135
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With the addition of some great new top-split dirvers the V8 field is looking mighty strong this season. The qualification times were incredible, with the gap separating 1st from 10th too small to fit a wedge between.

Well done to the Madison Down for yet another win, and for the Tatts.com boys on their team’s debut race to round out the podim with 2nd and 3rd.

Jamie Skella
November 8th, 2011 at 12:19 am

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