Stratton Valley - 14/9/21
Round 5 - Summary of Racing
In the V8 Supercars, we were now approaching the business end of the series with round 6 already upon us, and although there has been a very slight separation between the top 3 and the rest of the field, the order of those 3 places is very much still up in the air. In fact, it was so closely fought this week, that all 3 of those drivers were separated in the order only by track position, as they all finished on 73 laps. Phil took 1st though, with Adrian Gray in 2nd & John Batich in 3rd less than half a lap off the top spot.
Winner at this track first time round, Dave Bantoft started off in a similar vein of great form & looked like he would be pressing for the top spot again this round, however the unsporting tactics employed by Bruce (engaging DB in polite conversation) during his next 2 stints very quickly put paid to his challenge. DB eventually finished just outside the places in 4th & on 72 laps. Ironically though, he did manage to pip Bruce who finished on the same lap total but was pushed back to 5th. In 6th & on 71 laps was the writer, 2 laps clear of a couple of drivers on 69 laps - Dave Schofield finished 7th, ahead of Rhys in 8th. Rob Golley was all alone on 68 laps & in 9th, ahead of Chris Priest (10th) on 66 & Callan (sorry) 11th also on 66 laps. Leigh Stephens notched up 64 laps to be 12th, with Dave Gray in 13th on 60 & Thomas Males 14th on 58 laps for the round.
Nothing else of note happened in the driving…..although there was quite a bit of action during the marshalling.
……….now I didn’t see the actual incident as I was driving at the time, but apparently, according to eyewitness accounts, one of the Marshalls took it upon himself to concentrate on doing some tree trimming & re-location while racing was going on….which may have inadvertently led to some less than satisfactory (for the driver in question) returning of their car to its rightful position in the slot. I personally had no idea that there were some ex-forestry workers among the ranks of the marshalls, & their obsession with the forested areas of the track may need focusing on the next time we are scheduled to run on a track with any clear-felling potential at all.
1st - Phil Kalbfell
2nd - Adrian Gray
3rd - John Batich