Aug 11, 2014
THREE FROM THREE FOR KUMHO SERIES LEADER
Simpson extends points lead with clean sweep in Queensland
RYAN SIMPSON has extended his Kumho Tyres Australian V8 Touring Car Series points lead with a clean sweep of all three races in this weekend’s round at Queensland Raceway.
The Parramatta-based Falcon driver claimed pole position and victory in Race 1 on Saturday before sealing victory in Races 2 and 3 yesterday.
The victory means the former Formula Ford driver has won all three rounds held so far in 2014 and extended his overall winning streak to six rounds. He remains unbeaten in a Kumho Series round since Winton last year.
Simpson was challenged in the 12-lap Race 2 by rookie Justin Ruggier, whose Eggleston Motorsport Commodore crossed the line second at the end by a narrow margin.
However Ruggier made the jump in the longer, 18-lap final race, sprinting into the lead off the start with Matt Chahda second and Simpson slow off the line and shuffled back to third.
Ruggier’s lead only lasted a few corners as he out-braked himself and ran off the road at Turn 3, rejoining in fifth place as Simpson slipped past Chahda to take second place and within milliseconds the lead – all in the one corner!
Rear end dramas sidelined Chahda soon after while Ruggier recovered to finish second to Simpson in both the race and for the round.
Kumho Series debutant Drew Russell made it two podiums in successive weekends for his family at Queensland Raceway, claiming third in Race 3 and overall for the round.
His younger brother Aaren recorded a breakthrough podium result last weekend at the same circuit in the V8 Supercar Development Series.
Steve Briffa finished fourth overall for the weekend in his Poco Furniture Commodore.
Contact on the start line of the final race eliminated Chris Delfsma’s Fujitsu Falcon and forced rookie Ryan Cochran to pit to remove a damaged left rear door.
Coverage of this weekend’s round of the series will be shown on SBS’ ‘Speedweek’ on Sunday August 24 with a one-hour program to follow at a later date on SPEED TV Australia.
The next round of the Kumho Tyres Australian V8 Touring Car Series will be at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit on September 20-21.