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Sep 21, 2014


Simpson sidelined as title battle heats up with Ruggier’s first race win

V8 racing veteran Cameron McConville has returned to racing in style with victory in Round 4 of the Kumho Tyres Australian V8 Touring Car Series today at Phillip Island.

Despite being out of a V8 since October 2012, McConville qualified second on Saturday before clinching victory in Race 1 later that afternoon.

Sunday he claimed victory in Race 2 and finished second to Eggleston Motorsport teammate Justin Ruggier in the final after ceding the lead on the final lap.

The result gave McConville the round victory over Ruggier, making it a 1-2 for EMS and the first round win for a Commodore driver in the series since Scott Loadsman at Wakefield Park in 2011.

The big news surrounding today’s racing though was series leader Ryan Simpson being barred from competing in the final race.

The Parramatta Smash Repairs driver, who was aiming for his seventh straight Kumho Series round win, was not permitted to start Race 3 due to excess noise.

Left in pit lane, Simpson could only watch as title rival Ruggier claimed victory and moved to within just three points of the Falcon driver with two rounds to go.

Simpson still leads the series with 498 points to Ruggier’s 495.

STR Truck Bodies Racing’s Matt Palmer took advantage of Simpson’s misfortune to finish third in Race 3 and claim his very first Kumho Series podium finish in his ex-Brad Jones Racing Falcon. He now sits third in the series pointscore.

Katoomba privateer John Vergotis finished behind him in the final race to claim fourth overall while Poco Racing’s Steve Briffa finished fifth in the final after a pit lane penalty for jumping the start.

Albury driver Matt Chahda’s tough weekend went from bad to worse with brake problems eliminating him from the final race, finishing seventh for the weekend.

Coverage of this weekend’s round of the series will be shown on SBS’ ‘Speedweek’ on Sunday September 28 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 Wakefield Park near Goulburn on October 18-19.