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Aug 4, 2013

CLEAN SWEEP FOR SIMPSON AND SONIC

Haber and Davies round out podium as Kumho Series has fourth different round winner of 2013

SYDNEY young gun Ryan Simpson has clean-swept Round 4 of the Kumho Tyres Australian V8 Touring Car Series at Queensland Raceway, winning both of today’s races after taking pole position and victory in Race 1.

The Sonic Motor Racing pilot was untouched in either of Sunday’s two races and scored his first Kumho Series round win in just his second appearance.

His victory also means that four different drivers have won the first four rounds of the Kumho Series – the first time in the category’s six-year history that this has occurred.

“We were disappointed with how things went at Winton, so we were keen to keep the speed we had there rolling into Queensland,” said Simpson.

“It’s great to get the clean sweep, so we’d hope we can carry that to Phillip Island now and keep aiming for some more race wins.”

Despite missing the first two rounds at Sydney Motorsport Park and Mallala, Simpson has now moved to sixth in the series pointscore and claimed today’s round victory over 2012 Queensland Raceway round winner Morgan Haber.

The Mackay-based driver finished second in Race 2 earlier today, though was penalised five- seconds post-race for jumping the start and thus dropped to third position behind Shae Davies.

He was able to get back in front of Davies in Race 3 after dropping the position early in the race, the pass allowing Haber to claim second for the round with Davies rounding out the podium.

Despite still not winning a round, Davies has built his series lead to 82 points after main rivals Terry Wyhoon and Tony Evangelou were involved in an accident in yesterday’s opening race.

Wyhoon clawed through the field to finish eighth and sixth in today’s two races to finish seventh overall, while Evangelou’s ex-CAT Falcon suffered clutch problems in the final race and he now has drifted 102 points behind Davies.

Toowoomba racer Nathan Assaillit rounded out a solid weekend of racing to finish a personal best fourth for the round ahead of Matt Hansen’s ex-Mark Skaife, Holden Racing Team Commodore.

The top 10 for the round was completed by Dan Day (a personal best in sixth), Wyhoon, debutante Jordan Skinner, Finance Ezi’s Maurie Pickering and Steve Briffa, who failed to finish Race 3.

Matthew White had looked a podium contender after a strong run on Saturday, though his ex-Ford Performance Racing Falcon continued to be struck down by a mysterious engine problem. He finished a delayed 19th in Race 2 and elected not to start Race 3 due to the engine dramas.

Television coverage of this weekend’s Kumho Series round will air in upcoming weeks on SBS’ ‘Speedweek’ and on SPEED on Foxtel at a later date.

The penultimate round of the Kumho Tyres Australian V8 Touring Car Series will be held at Phillip Island on September 21-22.

KUMHO SERIES - ROUND 4 RESULTS – QUEENSLAND RACEWAY

1. Ryan Simpson, Falcon BF, 143 pts

2. Morgan Haber, Falcon BF, 119 pts

3. Shae Davies, Falcon BF, 109 pts

4. Nathan Assaillit, Falcon BF, 91 pts

5. Matt Hansen, Commodore VZ, 78 pts

6. Dan Day, Falcon BF, 52 pts

7. Terry Wyhoon, Falcon BF, 45 pts

8. Jordan Skinner, Commodore VZ, 45 pts

9. Maurice Pickering, Falcon BA, 42 pts

10. Steve Briffa, Commodore VZ, 37 pts

KUMHO SERIES POINTS AFTER ROUND 4

1. Shae Davies, 416 pts

2. Terry Wyhoon, 334 pts

3. Tony Evangelou, 314 pts

4. Matt Hansen, 302 pts

5. Nathan Assaillit, 259 pts

6. Ryan Simpson, 251 pts

7. Steve Briffa, 232 pts

8. Morgan Haber, 231 pts

9. Chris Smerdon, 171 pts

10. Dan Day, 168 pts