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Nov 17, 2013

DAVIES CLINCHES KUMHO SERIES AS WHITE BREAKS SIMPSON’S STREAK

SHAE Davies won the championship, Ryan Simpson won the round and Matthew White won the last race in the final day of racing in the Kumho Tyres Australian V8 Touring Car Series today at Sandown in Melbourne.

Davies, 23, sealed the Kumho Series by virtue of his result on Saturday and endured a tough day today including a pit lane penalty for contact with Jack Le Brocq in Race 2.

He finished the weekend fifth overall, his first non-podium finish of the season.

While Davies was clinching the title, Simpson continued on his winning ways with victory yesterday in Race 1 and backed it up with another win in this morning’s 10-lap Race 2.

But the Sydney driver was unable to extend his winning streak and claim his 10th consecutive race victory as the experienced Matthew White – who finished second in Race 2 earlier in the day – slipped past midway through Race 3.

He went on to record his first Kumho Series race win and MW Motorsport’s first win in the series since Morgan Haber won at Queensland Raceway last year.

“We had an engine problem in practice so we spent more time chasing that than working on setup,” said White.

“Ryan set the pace but we got there in the end. We had a bit more pace for a change in that final race.”

White’s win wasn’t enough to stop Simpson from taking his third consecutive round victory and also second in the series – a feat even more impressive given he didn’t compete in the opening two rounds at Sydney Motorsport Park and Mallala.

“It’s a shame I couldn’t keep the record going but it was still a great weekend,” said Simpson, who intends to return and compete in the full series in 2014.

501 Performance’s Tony Evangelou finished third in the final race and for the round overall, though he fell just four points short of overhauling Terry Wyhoon for third in the championship final pointscore.

His result was even more impressive given he missed valuable track time during private practice on Friday due to business commitments.

Reigning Australian Formula Ford Champion Jack Le Brocq made his Kumho Series debut and finished fourth for the weekend in the second MW Motorsport entry. He had contact with Davies in Race 2 and finished seventh before claiming fourth in Race 3.

Terry Wyhoon finished sixth for the weekend clear of Matt Chahda – who survived a spin in the final race – Matt Hansen, Steve Briffa and Maurie Pickering.

Television coverage of this weekend’s Kumho Series round will air on SBS’ ‘Speedweek’ on Sunday December 1 and on SPEED on Foxtel at a later date.

Next season’s Kumho Tyres Australian V8 Touring Car Series will begin at Mallala Motorsport Park on April 26/27, 2014.

KUMHO SERIES - ROUND 6 RESULTS - SANDOWN

1. Ryan Simpson, Falcon BF, 136 pts

2. Matthew White, Falcon BF, 130 pts

3. Tony Evangelou, Falcon BA, 98 pts

4. Jack Le Brocq, Falcon BF, 85 pts

5. Shae Davies, Falcon BA, 74 pts

6. Terry Wyhoon, Falcon BF, 74 pts

7. Matt Chahda, Falcon BF, 61 pts

8. Matt Hansen, Commodore VZ, 46 pts

9. Steve Briffa, Commodore VY, 42 pts

10. Maurie Pickering, Falcon BA, 38 pts

 

FINAL KUMHO SERIES POINTS

1. Shae Davies, 601 pts

2. Ryan Simpson, 530 pts

3. Terry Wyhoon, 505 pts

4. Tony Evangelou, 501 pts

5. Matt Hansen, 412 pts

6. Steve Briffa, 338 pts

7. Nathan Assaillit, 279 pts

8. Matthew White, 272 pts

9. Morgan Haber, 231 pts

10. Chris Smerdon, 171 pts