With Australia’s biggest V8 Supercar race, the Bathurst 1000, run and won in the real world the day before, the V8 iRacers were missing one or two of their real-world regulars, for obvious reasons.

At Week Ten of the iRacing V8 Supercar Series by Bigpond Sport, the battle was revisited under the night skies of Sebring. Unlike NASCAR, Australia’s premier race cars’ headlights are real.

With daylight savings the focus, and the availability, of the competitors was divided over two evening races. For “Race 1” of Week Ten, Rens Broekman was on pole from series leader Madison Down. Joshua Muggleton followed up his VIR podium with third grid spot here.

The boys light up

Next was split one newbie Beau Cubis from Lewis Dodimead, Cal Whatmore, Simon Black, Richard Lock, Paul Larkin and Gavin Barton. With the divided evening, and the Bathurst real-world casualties, it was a depleted field, highly uncharacteristic in this iRacing bonanza category.

As the green lights pierced the darkness, Broekman got the jump, while Down was surrounded by Muggleton and Cubis. Down and Cubis made contact, which spun Cubis into Broekman. This sent all three trackside while Muggleton broke free into the lead, followed by Dodimead. “It was just racing” said Down. “Three into one didn’t go”.

Muggleton heads in the right direction. Down, Cubis and Broekman don't...

All three continued, Down in 12th, quickly dispensing with Trans Tasman teammate Troy Cox, Broekman 13th, and Cubis 14th. There was further carnage at the hairpin with Lock, Boulton and Larkin heading to the grass.

Lost in the dark. Lock, Boulton and Larkin scramble for some light

Muggleton asserted himself in the lead. Dodimead could not stay with him, but had a clear gap from a battling Black and Whatmore. Behind that pair was Samuel Collins, Gavin Barton, David Hingston, Sam Cashen and Paul Rodgers, all battling wildly. They were all about to be swept up by a charging Down.

“Three into one didn’t go” -Madison Down

By lap seven, Down had cleared that lot and caught up to Whatmore and Black. He made short work of both of them. Then, anticlimactically, his internet failed, ruining a great comeback.

Broekman, meanwhile, had made it to fourth place. On Lap 12 he hounded third placed Whatmore, getting the position at the hairpin. Whatmore then spun gracefully exiting onto the back straight, grabbing a gear and setting off only one position the poorer.

Heading into the unknown: Boulton, Cubis, Cox, Collins, Rodgers, with Hingston and Broekman up ahead

Down had reconnected, a lap down, and set to work recovering some dignity. Amazingly, the next position (14th placed Matt Anderson) was only half a lap up the road. With series rival McLeod sitting this one out, any points would do.

Muggleton was free of all this with a 12 second lead over Dodimead and Broekman, who was catching second place hand over fist, but ran out of laps. Muggleton ran out the winner.

Lewis Dodimead in his newly skinned FG01 brought it home in second ahead of Rens Broekman

Barton was now fourth, Rodgers fifth and Whatmore sixth. Cubis’ recovery netted him seventh from Black, Cox and Collins.

Muggleton was humble in victory, more worried about whether he had played a part in the first corner melee, unnecessarily so as it turned out. Relieved, he was free to enjoy his first win, somewhat of an inevitability, in a season of rising form.

Two other split winners at 7.45 were Thomas Guerrini and Wayne Cullen. Guerrini also took out the second split at 9.45.

In the 9.45pm race, Madison Down made no mistakes and won from Rens Broekman and raceĀ  one winner Muggleton, still leaving us with an interesting series table, with two rounds to go.

OVERALL DIVISION TABLE.

POS DRIVER DIVISION CLUB POINTS POINTS BACK
1 Madison Down 1 Australia/NZ 1751 0
2 Mitchell McLeod 1 Australia/NZ 1683 -68
3 Rens Broekman 1 Benelux 1577 -174
4 Craig Woodhouse 2 Australia/NZ 1252 -499
5 Scott U’Ren 1 Australia/NZ 1204 -547
6 Joshua Muggleton 2 Australia/NZ 1168 -583
7 Cal Whatmore 2 Australia/NZ 1107 -644
8 Richard Lock 2 Australia/NZ 1062 -689
9 Scott McLaughlin2 2 Australia/NZ 1046 -705
10 Richard Hamstead 2 Australia/NZ 1042 -709
11 George Fullerton 1 Australia/NZ 1034 -717
12 Simone Gelli 2 Australia/NZ 979 -772
13 Simon Black 1 Australia/NZ 976 -775
14 Gavin Barton 2 Australia/NZ 975 -776
15 Lewis Dodimead 2 Australia/NZ 970 -781
16 Colin Boyd 3 Australia/NZ 964 -787
17 Mick Claridge 2 England 917 -834
18 Marty Atkins 2 Australia/NZ 909 -842
19 Vern Norrgard 2 Australia/NZ 890 -861
20 Stuart Wood 2 Australia/NZ 888 -863
21 David Jaques 1 New York 830 -921
22 David Hingston 2 Australia/NZ 793 -958
23 Kevin Duwel 3 Benelux 791 -960
24 David Martinez 2 Iberia 759 -992
25 Thomas Guerrini 6 Australia/NZ 757 -994
26 Leigh Ellis 3 Australia/NZ 757 -994
27 Matt Anderson 3 Australia/NZ 745 -1006
28 Angelo Mastrantoni 4 Italy 741 -1010
29 Tony Hellier 4 Australia/NZ 731 -1020
30 Mitchell Boulton 2 Australia/NZ 726 -1025
31 Shay Griffith 2 Australia/NZ 717 -1034
32 Jacob Fredriksson 2 Scandinavia 711 -1040
33 Simon Madden 2 Australia/NZ 710 -1041
34 Troy Cox 2 Australia/NZ 709 -1042
35 Thomas van Bussel 4 Benelux 707 -1044
36 Jason Brunton 2 Australia/NZ 679 -1072
37 Andreas Lewau 2 Scandinavia 677 -1074
38 Richard Hunter 3 Australia/NZ 673 -1078
39 Andrew Wauchope 2 Australia/NZ 664 -1087
40 Stefan Miller 2 Western Canada 658 -1093
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