in Trouble at Oran Park
Queensland Holden driver Kurt Wimmer led from race start to flag fall to win race two of the 2008 Yokohama V8 Utes Racing Series at Sydney’s Oran Park today while Series leader Layton Cambrook saw his points lead evaporate heading into a final race championship decider tomorrow.
The race began with a reverse of the top 16 from yesterday’s race and Wimmer left the rest of the field in their wake, including Ideal Electrical driver, Craig Dontas who began the race on pole position.
Dontas was unfortunate to have a tailshaft centre bearing bush break on the warm up lap, which saw him slowly fall back into the field to 21st position by the end of the race.
Championship leader Crambrook started from 11th position however was squeezed between Andrew Fisher and Stephen Robinson on the run on to the Yokohama Bridge and ended up in the rough with a flat front tyre losing 2 laps in the pits.
“This is just the thing you don’t need at the final round, after such a great run we have had all year,” Crambrook explained.
“It wasn’t even a big hit, quite a light touch; however it was enough to screw my race. Tomorrow, I know where I need to be to win the title, there are 7 guys in front of me that I need to pass and I have 12 laps to do it in. I believe we have the ute speed to do it, so bring it on.”
Holden driver, Kim “The Assassin” Jane, running second in the Championship took the challenge to the front moving through to second from his 12th position grid start challenging Wimmer for the race lead.
“I missed a gear coming on the main straight, which lost a couple of places I then had to get back; otherwise it was a good run."
"Tomorrow, I am just going to have fun, the pressure is on Layton to protect his championship lead and I am happy to take what comes,” Jane said.
Grant Johnson is looking to end the year on podium after coming in fourth just behind Kanga Loaders driver, Gary MacDonald making it an all Holden top four.
Storage King driver Ben Dunn was the first Ford to finish the race coming in fifth position.
West Coast Racing Driver and current Rookie of the Year leader, Glenn McNally also finished in a close 6th position.
A race long battle raged on between Gary “Chuckie” Baxter, New Zealander, Colin Corkery, Lubrimaxx Racings, George Miedecke, Jack “The Hustler” Elsegood and two times V8 Ute Champion, Damien White who managed to move up 20 spots from 31st position to finish 11 overall.
If Jane wins the final race tomorrow, then Crambrook will need to finish in 8th position or better to win the title. Jane will start from the front row alongside Grant Johnson while Crambrook will start from position 14. If Jane finishes 2nd to Johnson, then Crambrook will need to finish 12th to claim his first V8 Ute title.
Current Top Five Series Leaders:
#71 Layton Crambrook 667#27 Kim Jane 652#1 Grant Johnson 601#3 Gary Baxter 568#11 Jack Elsegood 511#58 Ryal Harris 511
32 Wilson Brothers Racing Kurt Wimmer 1:23.4498*27 Bob Jane T-Marts/Trading Post Kim Jane 1:23.7445 42 Kanga Loaders/Brock RaceEngine Gary MacDonald 1:23.5884 1 Grove Fruit Juice/Permacoat Grant Johnson 1:23.7466 99 Storage King/Wilson Fabrics Ben Dunn 1:25.0461 12 West Coast Racing/NRW Holdings Glenn McNally 1:24.9634 3 Sage Automation Gary Baxter 1:23.7728 66 WPR Racing/Select TV Colin Corkery 1:24.7573 7 Lubrimaxx Racing/PortMacquarie George Miedecke 1:25.0657 11 Coopers Pale Ale Racing Jack Elsegood 1:24.7103
Race three will be the final race of the 2008 Yokohama V8 Utes Series and will kick off at 9:30am (AEDST) Sunday, 7th December.
The race will also be televised on the Seven Network at 2:40pm (AEDST) the same day.