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Aug 11, 2012

HABER COLLECTS BREAKTHROUGH WIN

EIGHTEEN-YEAR-OLD Queenslander Morgan Haber has collected a breakthrough win in Race 1 of the fourth round of the Kumho Tyres Australian V8 Touring Car Series at Queensland Raceway in Ipswich.

Fresh from competing at the same circuit last weekend in the V8 Supercar Development Series for the first time, the MW Motorsport pilot took his second straight Kumho Series pole and overcame a five-second jump-start penalty to claim victory in Race 1.

He crossed the line 5.24-seconds clear of Jim Pollicina’s ex-Tasman Motorsport Commodore, with the official margin just 0.24-seconds once the time penalty was applied.

Mackay’s Justin Garioch – making his debut in an ex-Team Dynamik Commodore formerly raced by the late Jason Richards – finished third on the road, but was also penalised five seconds for a jump start and was classified fourth behind Western Australian Matt Hansen in his ex-Mark Skaife HRT Commodore.

Nevertheless, the result moves Garioch up to third in the series points.

His brother Nathan Garioch (ex-Valvoline/GRM Commodore) was fifth from Michael Bartsch with Bobby Jane, local Shane Hunt, Michael Hector and Finance EZI Racing’s Maurie Pickering rounding out the top 10.

Kumho Series points leader Josh Hunter had no luck today.

After qualifying third he had mechanical dramas just one lap into the first start and was unable to line up on the grid for the restart, brought about after a timing malfunction forced officials to start the race afresh.

Pollicina, who is yet to win a race or round of the series, now moves back into the lead with a twopoint margin over the Sydney teenager.

Races 2 and 3 will be held tomorrow at 8.55am and 1.10pm to complete the Queensland Raceway round.

Coverage of the races will be shown live online tomorrow at www.itvlive.com.au with post-produced television coverage on SBS’ ‘Speedweek’ and a one-hour program on SPEED in the weeks ahead.