Following the points accumulation from the Penultimate Round of the 2015 East Coast Bullbars Australian V8 Ute Racing Series, there are seven drivers in for the chance of being crowned this year’s ARMOR ALL drivers’ champion heading into the final Round of the Series in five weeks’ time at the Sydney 500 4-6 December.
With 213 points up for grabs, 192 points separate the top seven drivers. Two-time Champion Ryal Harris leads on 1027 points and would love nothing more than to be the first driver to secure three championship titles.
“I’ve been in the situation before and I just need to drive as conservatively as possible and bank as many points as I can, it’s not how I like to race but it’s what I need to do to win the Championship,” said Harris.
George Miedecke is sitting in second in the Series on 942 points, a standing he hasn’t had since Darwin and he is hoping to make it further up the leader board. Last time Miedecke raced full-time in the Series in a Ford in 2009, he claimed third overall for the Series and would like to stand on the top step.
“It would be great to win the championship, anything could happen in this game, Ryal’s a great driver though and I’ll need him to make a mistake I’m just going to drive fast and hopefully the rest will take care of itself,” said Miedecke.
Adam Marjoram has been fairly consistent all year and is currently sitting in third, 97 points from Harris and is happy to know he won’t be carrying any extra weight this round with the Success Ballast rule no longer in play, giving all drivers an even fight over the final round.
“Our approach to Homebush will be to try to collect as many points as possible and maximise the result,” explained Marjoram.
Currently sitting in fourth in the Series, reigning champion Kris Walton is a driver who knows all too well what it takes to win a championship.
Gerard McLeod is in fifth, so far his best ever result in his four year V8 Ute career and the Melbourne based racer has nothing to lose heading into the final round.
A three-time bridesmaid, David Sieders understands how quickly things can turn around in one round and still has faith he might be in the top spot.
“A lot has to go wrong for the guys in front of me for us to be there, but I’ve seen it happen before. We have nothing to lose so we’ll just go out there and try and get as many points as possible,” said Sieders.
Veteran V8 Ute racer Kim Jane is also a long shot, sitting 7th on the series point score, however the former NASCAR Champ knows it’s a tough ask.
“I don’t think even Stephen Bradbury came from 7th behind when he won gold, so it would be like winning lotto to take the crown, however I would be happy with just a podium finish and finish the year with a straight race ute,” Jane said.
See below ARMOR ALL championship Standings for the top Seven drivers:1 58 Ryal Harris 58 TicketsandTours.com 10272 35 George Miedecke iSeek Racing/ Miedecke Motorgroup 9423 5 Adam Marjoram Auto One Racing / Erebus Motorsport 9304 68 Kris Walton Rentco Transport Equipment Rentals 9125 50 Gerard McLeod Ryco 24-7/ Transco MFG Australia 8996 8 David Sieders Mango Credit 8907 27 Kim Jane Bob Jane T-Marts 835