Heart rates skyrocketed as the green flag dropped at Phillip Island for round five of the shortened GV8 season. Tony Kloosterman took the lead in turn one and had Nigel Baines and Glenn Sidman right on his heals. A slight lapse, and a great save by Kloosterman resulted in Sidman grabbing the top spot, but it wouldn't be long before Baines took the first place mantle and ran with it finishing a full half minute ahead of second place Kloosterman.
Sidman's day was far from over, as he would find himself in fourth behind 8or80 driver Arthur Hermont with only a handful of laps left. Hermont put on a defensive driving clinic before Sidman was finally able to make the pass on the penultimate lap. Duljon Boldrin rounded out the top five, capping a fine day for the 8or80 crew.
Baines took the pole, the fastest lap (1:30:387), and the most laps lead in the race. Kloosterman and Sidman were the other drivers to lead a lap. Peter Hebron grabbed the Hard Charger title this week, gaining three spots overall. (It was a tough week!)
Also of note, Arthur Hermont finished Phillip Island on the lead lap with zero incidents. None. Troy Eddy and Marty Carroll, who also both finished on the lead lap, had one and two incident points respectively. Fantastic work by all the drivers this week.
Next week, the shortened GV8 season brings it's grand finale to the dreaded mountain... Bathurst- the incredible, car-eating Australian circuit. With a handful of contenders still vying for the championship anything can, and will, happen when the boys fire their engines next Tuesday night. Who will taste victory, who will feel the wall at Falken Corner, and who will just be happy to leave with their lug nuts still intact? We will know in one week.
The legendary Phillip Island circuit will welcome the boys back to Australia with roughly 2.8 miles (4.4 km) of twisting, turning, counter-clockwise fury. The Island has been home to some fantastic GRAsim racing over the years, with one of the closest finishes in GRAsim history taking place here in our now-defunct GTCC series.
Nigel Baines finds himself atop the standings as well with a 48-point lead over Glenn Sidman. Duljon Boldrin finds himself on the outside looking in with 72-points between him and the lead. Troy Eddy, Mario Girard, and Greg Carr are knotted up for fourth place. Nearly a third of the top ten drivers at the moment are independents, with Peter Hebron and Jim Davey joining Baines for the distinction. Never Quit Racing has pulled out to a substantial lead in the team championships, with 8or80 Brazil and 8or80 Canada still looking to sort out second place.
Welcome to Driver Spotlight. This is were you can know a little more about the drivers in our league. Check the Driver Spotlight in the menu for archived drivers! Being this is the first week what better then to start with our beloved founder.
Driver Name: Joe O'Dell
Forum Name: Joe
Living Now and Hometown (if different): Joshua Tree, Ca is where I live now, but hoping to move to LA area soon. I was born and raised in Minnesota.
1 Favorite Car (sim & real): I don't think I have a sim favorite. My favorite personal car was my Jeep Wrangler, but I like anything with wheels.
1 Favorite Track (sim and real): I would have to go with Interlagos. Always great racing there. I love being at any small town oval. I went to Elko a couple of times, and it was fun. I am looking forward to going to Irwindale. I haven't been there yet. That will change.
Real life racing experience: Think less NASCAR, more Dukes of Hazard.
What got you into Sim racing and your future goals in Sim racing: GT5 pissed me off so bad that I vowed I wouldn't play it again (which holds true to this day), but I bought a wheel, so I went in search of racing mmo's and wound up at iRacing. Currently, my goal is to try to get back into sim racing. I miss getting whipped by the guys at GRAsim week after week!
Favorite Sim Memory: I remember getting so excited that I took the wife out for ice cream after our mx5 series had it's first 10+ car grid.