Vic Cup Series 2013 - Round 5 Results
With the event held at the popular Wodonga track on the border of Victoria and New South Wales the opportunity for an Interstate Showdown was just too good to pass up and the gauntlet was thrown down. 19 drivers battled it out with 6 representing NSW after a 6 hour plus drive. Now that's commitment!
Team TOP attended in force with 5 drivers present.
So the scene was set. The final race of the 5 round series. It was all to play for!
The Wodonga club presented a well groomed track with a challenging in-field. Thanks to the Wodonga committee and particular thanks to Baden McDonald who stepped up to run his first meeting as Race Director.
3 six minute qualifers prepared the scene for 3 fifteen minute finals - that's right - 45 minutes of racing to decide who would collect the silverware!
Alex Ilievski (NSW) won two of the three qualifying rounds to TQ. 3 of the top 5 in the A-Main were from NSW but the remaining 7 spots were all Victorians.
- P2 Patrick Saelzle (NSW)
- P3 Wynand Pretorius (Vic)
- P4 Brett Todman (Vic)
- P5 Bob Death (NSW)
- P6 Chris Bismire (Vic)
- P7 David Stevens (Vic)
- P8 Chris Coughlan (Vic)
- P9 Joe Fekete (Vic)
- P10 Wayne Rabot (Vic)
The 15 minute finals required reliability and consistency which meant the finishing order rarely resembled the grid!
In A1 Brett took the lead on lap 15 and held it for the next 40 laps to take the win. Alex less than 2 seconds behind. 3rd Wayne, 4th Chris Bismire and 5th David.
In A2 Alex made 56 laps to take the win, 2nd Brett, 3rd Wynand, 4th Bob and 5th David.
So with one win apiece A3 would decide the Round winner. The inconsistency of 3rd and 4th places making a number of permutations possible to round out the podium.
A3 was a major battle between Brett and Alex with the lead changing more than once. In the end Alex was quicker and took the A3 win and with it the Round win. Brett 2nd and Chris Bismire 3rd, 4th Patrick Saelzle finding some of the earlier form which put him on grid position 2 in qualifying and Wayne rounded out the top 5.
Round 5 Podium
Left to Right: Brett Todman 2nd, Alex Ilievski 1st (TQ), Chris Bismire (3rd)
Alex drove a TOP Rebel R-F01, Brett a Tamiya TRF101 and Chris a Tamiya F104 V2.
Overall Championship Points
Not pictured: 2nd Overall - John Papagrigoriou
Overall Team Points
Interstate Showdown Results
6 drivers represented NSW but Shane Norman didn't run many of the races so it was the 5 NSW guys against the 5 best Victorians. In each Final (A-main and B-main) Alycat allocated 100 points to the winner, 99 for second, etc. Only the top 5 scoring Victorians counted per Final.
- Final 1 - Victoria 486 points vs New South Wales 460 points
- Final 2 - Vic 481 vs NSW 462
- Final 3 - Vic 482 vs NSW 459
The worst score of each State was dropped leaving the two best scores to be added together. Vic 968 (486 + 482) and NSW 922 (460 + 462).
So Victoria was declared the winner for 2013.
I'd like to thank our new interstate mates for making the trip. Cheers guys!
Plans for 2014
2014 will be even bigger with 7 or more rounds split into two seasons. Invitations have already gone out to every on road track in Victoria and 4 tracks have accepted already with the deadline in early November and a draft calendar will be published late in November. In 2014 the series will be opened up to VORTEC classes in addition to F1, making the Rounds even bigger and hopefully even better supported.
Plans are also afoot in NSW for a large series. Life is good!