Round Ten of the iRacing.com V8 Supercars Series presented by BigPond took the teams and drivers into Canada, specifically to 4km (2.459 miles) Mosport International Raceway (now officially known as Canadian Tire Motorsport Park).
With Richard Hamstead away for this round (and possibly the Round 11 as well), it gave Madison Down a massive incentive to win at Mosport. He got off on the right foot, taking the pole position with a 1:18.928 as the only driver under the 1:19 time. Vail Riches would start on the front row with Joshua Muggleton, Justin Ruggier and Ian Travis rounding out the top five starting positions for the main event.
When the lights went green it was Down leading the field through Turn One with team mate Muggleton in tow. Riches dropped back into third place just ahead of Ruggier and Travis while sixth fastest qualifier John Emerson tumbled down to ninth off the start. The first DNF would go to TT-R driver Tony Autridge who put the left rear on the grass entering Turn Three and spun-off into the (Canadian) tire barrier.
Lap Three saw Ruggier make the move on Riches for third into Turn One. Riches got a little out of shape and grazed the inside wall, but only lost two places and fell-in behind the newest TT-R driver Mitchell McLeod. Nearing the end of Lap Three, Greg Stewart got a run on Emerson into Turn Eight. In his enthusiasm Stewart over drove the entry and hit the side of the Tatts.com Falcon, unfortunately sending Emerson into the wall and out of the race.
Lap Nine saw McLeod go around the outside of Travis through Turn Eight. Travis was not about to concede the spot without a fight and the two ran side-by-side through the last two turns before McLeod finally secured fourth place.
Ben Rothberg earlier in the week signed with a new team “Net Virtue Racing” and coming into Moss Corner (aka Turn Five A) on Lap Eight he made a move on Omar Soto for P11. But Rothberg lost the rear end trying to get traction for the second phase of the corner (Five B) and was forced to take to the grass to save the spin losing a few positions in the process.
While Down was pulling away in the lead, the battle for second was heating up with Muggleton keeping Ruggier at bay. Just as everyone wondered how long Muggleton could hold the second spot, Ruggier got sideways in Turn One. Before he knew it, Ruggier on the grass and sliding towards Turn Two where he hit the outside wall, earning a meatball flag and ending any chance of a podium finish.
Lap 19 saw the end of Rothberg’s first main race with Net Virtue Racing when he spun at Moss and was collected by Samuel Collins in his Cars R Us Ford Falcon, ending both of their days.
Down’s day would end atop the podium, as he took yet another race win to extend his championship lead over the absent Hamstead. TT-R teammates Muggleton and McLeod collected second and third, enabling Muggleton to leap-frog past Ruggier into third position in the championship. While TT-R monopolized the podium, TTL dominated the next three spots with Riches taking fourth just ahead of Travis and Stewart rounding out the top six for a TTL-R 1-6, an amazing achievement for the sister teams.
Josh Smith and Brad Ryan would bring home a Lazy Man Racing seven/eight with XSG Motorsports Michael McCabe making a successful return to the series in ninth place ahead of Soto. Mitchell Abrahall, Shaun Kelly, Christopher Osborne not only rounded- out the top 13, they rounded-out the sim-racers who managed to stay on the same lap as the flying Down.
Top Five Drivers – Championship Points – Overall
1. Madison Down – 2013
2. Richard Hamstead – 1907
3. Justin V Ruggier – 1733
4. Joshua Muggleton – 1737
5. Vail Riches – 1442
Split Two Winner: Anton De Pasquale
Split Three Winner: Glenn R Boyd
Split Four Winner: Adrian Stratford
You can watch all the race replays on www.v8sonline.com.au