1. Scott T McLaughlin  
2. Stuart Wood -13.979
3. Mitchell McLeod -16.734
4. Justin V Ruggier -17.767
5. Vail Riches -19.512
6. Cal Whatmore -22.696
7. Richard Hamstead -24.268
8. Shaun Kelly -25.965
9. Thomas Guerrini -30.590
10. Brad Ryan -35.467

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New Colours, New Season, Same Down

Round One and the start of a fresh season saw the iRacing.com V8 Supercars Series presented by BigPond return to where it all began last season at Road America. This time they would tackle the circuit with a fresh tire model and an updated caster limit and also increased tire degradation.

Madison Down would continue his good form from last season and put down an amazing qualifying lap of 2:10.069, more than .4s quicker than his nearest rival Justin Ruggier (2:10.482). Vail Riches would start third just two tenths back with Scott McLaughlin starting fourth and John Emerson in his new team starting in fifth.

Although he didn't have the greatest of starts, Down nonetheless jumped into the lead with Riches making the move on Ruggier for second. Back in the pack Richard Hamstead got into the back of McLaughlin forcing Scott off the road and nearly into the front of Joshua Muggleton's Ford Falcon. Emerson made a poor start and slotted-in behind Mitchell McLeod who had a cracker.

Ruggier didn't waste much time redressing the situation, relegating Riches to third under brakes after the long straight into Turn Five and setting after Down. Muggleton would also take over fourth from Hamstead and, into Turn Eight, made a dive on Riches that resulted in contact and sent him off the road and down the order.

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Down Claims Title as van Gisbergen Wins Finale

Round 12 and the season finale of the iRacing.com V8 Supercars Series presented by BigPond was held in England at a 4.2km roller coaster of a race track known as Brands Hatch. Madison Down had all but secured the online racing championship heading into this round and with ANZ Motorsport securing the team championship in the first race of the week, the remaining events were a show for the feature.

Shane van Gisbergen snatched pole position from team mate Justin Ruggier with a 1:26.846 as Down posted third fastest time with Scott McLaughlin and Richard Hamstead starting out of fourth and fifth for the main race.

Van Gisbergen got the jump on everyone into Paddock Bend while Ruggier fell in behind his team mate with Down trying hard to pass. Hamstead got the better of McLaughlin before taking to the outside of Down through the Druids Hill hairpin.

The job of moving him from fifth to third done, Hamstead set-off in pursuit of Ruggier. Muggleton got the jump on his two team mates on the row ahead to slot-in behind McLaughlin through Druids. Then when Down was left out wide, McLaughlin followed Hamstead through moving Down back to fifth just ahead of his three team mates.


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