The 2nd round of the Austeam Racing V8s was at Symmons Plains with a slight format change to spice things up for the drivers. Instead of the usual 3 race format, only 2 races greeted drivers this week, with a longer 30 minute race to test the tyres and the drivers. With the fronts wearing out quickly in the 15 minute sprint race, it was going to be interesting for the 2nd race to see the different strategies for the 2nd race.
With such a short track, there’s quite a lot to get right for the perfect lap of Symmons Plains. And at the end of a frantic 10 minutes, it was Rod Savage who got it right for the 2nd round in a row with a 52.2, slightly ahead of Travis Fox with a 52.3 and Matt Cooper who had a 52.4. Grant Morrison rounded out the 2nd row.
With effectively 2 straights connected by a few corners, unless you have a huge advantage, there isn’t much chance to get away. And that’s exactly what happened in the 1st race for the first 8 laps. Rod Savage, Travis Fox and Matt Cooper all glued together with less than 1 second separating the 3 cars and also included some passing with Cooper getting ahead of Fox, before an unsuccessful pass on the lead resulted in a trip across the grass and back into 3rd place. It wasn’t until lap 9 that it all started to unravel. Rod Savage was having steering problems and was struggling on the exit of the Turn 4 hairpin. Pinkie managed to slip down the inside and grab the lead on lap 9 and Cooper also wanted to get past to get a chance to grab the lead.
Pinkie was pushing on trying to build a lead and went too deep into the hairpin lap 10 and had a spin allowing Rod back into the lead and Cooper up to 2nd, and in the very next lap and the very same corner, Rod had a problem exiting the turn and allowed Cooper into the lead, where he didn’t look back. Contact between Rod and Pinkie caused them both to have damage and slow down a little and further problems from the contact caused more time loss for both Rod and Pinkie and allowed Doug Savage through into 2nd place and Rod and Pinkie back to 3rd and 4th.
1st: Matt Cooper
2nd: Doug Savage
3rd: Rod Savage
The double-points feature race had a rolling start and when things got under way it was Grant Morrison who initially held the lead until contact dropped him further back in the field and ultimately into retirement. Travis Fox wasn’t as lucky. Contact on the 1st lap caused retirement on the spot and his championship points tally took a big hit. Geoff Barnier took over the lead from Grant Morrison and Gary Simons moved himself up into 2nd place before Matt Cooper got past and set off after Geoff. Doug Savage also made his way through the field and found himself in 3rd place by lap 5, with many others having had contact which damaged their cars and enforced a pitstop. Up the front, Cooper moved into the lead on lap 6, but found that he couldn’t shake Barnier who was using every ounce of his Commodore to keep up with Cooper and it was working.
After an initial spin and dropping back early, Mozzo was catching Doug Savage for 3rd place and got through for a short time before having to pit for his compulsory stop and dropped back to 4th place. In the end, the positions didn’t change. Cooper held on for the win, with Barnier only 12 seconds behind and Doug Savage a little further back – making it 2 podiums on the night for both Cooper and Doug Savage.
1st: Matt Cooper
2nd: Geoff Barnier
3rd: Doug Savage
The V8s returned to Austeam Racing with the 1st round of action at Melbourne’s Albert Park. In what was supposed to be a traditional Holden vs Ford rivalry, by the time that negotiations had finished, it was more akin to a Commodore Cup series, plus a few stragglers who forgot to read the rulebook. That aside, it was the trio of Matt Cooper, Travis Fox and Rod Savage who were setting the pace at the end of practice.
With only 10 minutes to complete a lap of a track that took nearly 2 minutes, all cars were out onto the track within seconds and trying to grab a small pocket of room. And when the dust had finally settled, it was Rod Savage who recorded the fastest time of 1:56.5, finishing just ahead of Travis Fox who shared the front row with Rod, with Grant Morrison and Geoff Barnier who were on the 2nd row.
With the lights going green everyone fired off into the 1st corner, with our pole man Rod Savage, going just a little too deep into the 1st turn and visiting the grass, whilst everyone else managed to get through the corner. This handed the lead to Pinkie, who didn’t let go, despite coming under pressure near the end. This promoted Morrison into 2nd place with Matt Cooper climbing his way to 3rd ahead of Barnier, Cross, Rod Savage, McKee and Doug Savage. And here’s where the race started to go off the rails. Barnier had a small moment which allowed both Cross and McKee to get through, and were then both passed by Rod Savage a lap later. Morrison had a big moment in Turn 1 and was forced to pit for retirement, promoting Cooper to 2nd and Cross to 3rd. Rod Savage was on a charge and had passed Cross to get back to 3rd, but then dropped to 4th by the end of the race with Doug Savage and Phil McKee fighting over 6th place. In the end, Pinkie was unstoppable and cruised to victory, ahead of Cooper who had a late race spin and narrowly finished in front of Cross.
1st: Travis Fox
2nd: Matt Cooper
3rd: Garry Cross
A reverse grid was up next and this provided Grant Morrison with the perfect opportunity to make amends for the indiscretion in the 1st race. With Travis, Rod, Garry and Matt all down the back of the grid, Morrison nailed the start and set off to victory. Behind him, there was chaos. Contact at the end of the 1st lap between Cooper and McKee also saw Barnier forced off the road and during the race Pinkie and Rod Savage reignited their on track rivalry with Pinkie getting into the back of Rod’s car and forcing them both off the road. By about half distance, Garry Cross was able to make it up to 2nd place with Matt Cooper, Travis Fox and Rod Savage following closely. There was contact between Fox and Cooper which put them both off the road and allowed Savage up to 3rd, which was converted into a 2nd place when Cross had troubles of his own and had to retire. This left Morrison well ahead at the chequered flag, with Rod Savage ahead of Travis Fox.
1st: Grant Morrison
2nd: Rod Savage
3rd: Travis Fox
Our infamous handicap race was the last race of the night with Phil McKee leading the way and with our race winners Grant Morrison and Travis Fox trying to chase everyone down. There was an early retirement when Cooper backed his car into the fence on the 1st lap and quite a few others having small errors. Garry Cross had more problems on the night and was forced to retire allowing Travis Fox lead just after half distance. But even Pinkie was unable to fall foul of the mistakes and made one himself in the last few laps of the race, and handed the win to Rod Savage, with Pinkie in 2nd ahead of consistent Geoff Barnier who grabbed 3rd place.
1st: Rod Savage
2nd: Travis Fox
3rd: Geoff Barnier
There has been considerable thought going on within the simple minds of the Stockcar drivers of ATR, and the future direction of the series is up for discussion.
There is a poll that can be found at http://austeamracing.com/forum/index.php?topic=8278.0 which allows you to choose between ASRX, SCE, and Dirt Late Model/Modified racing.
Make your voice heard!!
Austeam Racing with the support of the FVR V8 Supercar Mod will kick off their V8 Supercar Series this month as both Drivers and Race Officials get to see what it’s like on the rF2 platform.
The roar of the V8′s are returning to the track once again with the Australasian V8 Series presented by Austeam Racing. Contested over 8 rounds leading the drivers from Malaysia to Tasmania, from Pukekohe to Barbagallo, the champion will be the driver who can master all challenges that will be thrown at them.
We will be using rFactor 2 and the FVR V8 Supercar Mod which already has the 28 cars of the 2012 season already painted up.
The tracks are listed above in the graphic and both the mod and the tracks can be downloaded from:
Your series managers will be Gavin Chatt and Matt Cooper
Your presence at the warmup round is not necessary, but the track is great fun and it gives a chance to sink your teeth into the series. The warm-up will be heal at Longford Race Track and provides a good opportunity for drivers and teams to work together on the right formula for these beasts
The race format per night will be mixed. Some rounds will be the usual 3 race format (1st race from qualifying, 2nd race reverse grid, 3rd race handicap), and others will be 1 sprint race (from qualifying) and 1×35 minute race (reverse grid with compulsory stop for 2 tyres). This will be mixed throughout the series.
The series points will based on the previous Wednesday Night Series we have been running:
Balance of racers 1 Point each
DNF will receive last placed points.
To sign up for this series, please list below which car you will be using from the FVR Mod. There are 29 cars in the mod (car #18 is doubled up) and we will be running the Ford vs. Holden points tally as well!
And remember, our series are all about fun. I’ve tried to keep the tracks to a good level (there are some that didn’t fit the bill) and hopefully make it a great series that leads us into the Christmas break.
Full details yet to come, but a huge well done to the number 20 driver Matt Cooper for a great championship outcome, it could have been any one of three drivers come the last round at Palm Beach but this series went to the one who managed to keep it all together on the night.
From the administration of Austeam I’d like to pass a huge thanks for your continued support and for the great consistency with number each round of the ATR Open Wheelers Series, for me it was a great series and the 1968 Open Wheelers were great fun, the issues with a blown motor once in a blue moon, the weather changes seen at Mills Metro to the brilliant racing see week in week out, thanks.
I also wish to pass a huge thank you to Matt who pretty much ran the rounds on the night, the preparations, track selection type of rounds etc were great fun to put together and I enjoyed being a part of the selection side, but Matt did most of the work come race nights so Matt thanks mate, I appreciate your continued support of our league.
To the drivers I look forward to our next series and can’t wait, Matt and I already have some ideas but need to put pen to paper, once its finalized you guys will be the first to hear
On a side note I do with to say well done to my team mates Gary, Ed and Bob it as great to work together and share sets and to be on the track with you guy, congrats to Gary who managed to attend every round and reminded me that consistency will provide results, his driving in 2013 has been great to watch. Ed, cheer mate great to have you our flying the flag and great results also mate, we know why you weren’t able to make every race but we do appreciate those you did get to, thanks. Bob great work mate these little buggers can be a hand full but the nights you were well enough to turn laps it was good to see you doing so.
Looking forward to next series guys, cheers