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    Sat arvo Top Ten (well, Top Nine because Tander/Luff eliminated by nasty crash earlier today):

    1. Van Gisbergen (Holden) (2:06.33)
    2. Winterbottom (Ford)
    3. McLaughlin (Volvo)
    4. Bright (Holden)
    5. Coulthard (Holden)
    6. Lowndes (Holden)
    7. Moffat (Nissan)
    8. Wood (holden)
    9. Perkins (Ford)

    Those young blokes are coming through (McLaughlin, Moffat, Perkins).

    Also good to see all 4 makes in top ten.

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    Looking forward to 10:30am tomorrow (AEDT).

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    I'm soo glad Gizzy had a change of heart about leaving V8 Supercars, I reckon he's only a year or two off winning the championship, he's a good driver, hope he has sorted out his issues.

    Jack Perkins is the surprise for me..isn't that the same Jack Perkins that took out Mark Skafe on turn 2 a few years ago... glad he's getting himself sorted out as well?

    Roll on Sunday.

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    Yes, Jack is the surprise for me also. Still looks like a schoolkid, but this year he is right on to it.
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    Young Jack had issues toward end of longer races in 2007, before he was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes which forced him to step down from racing towards end of 2007. He managed to gain control of the illness and passed necessary tests to get his licenses during 2008. He returned to the development series and has since then worked his way back in. I take my hat off to the young man.
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    What a disgraceful way to conduct a car race. So the track surface breaks up, so bloody what..just adjust your driving style and find a new line through the corner. Talk about a bloody Nanny state, wouldn't have happened in Queensland.

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    I tend to agree - I'm old school. As Garry Rogers said they could have put witches hats there and driven around it. However, I guess they did what they did for the almighty safety reasons, and I was surprised at how well the repair held up for the rest of the day. Interesting that 1st and 2nd at the finish had both been victims of that corner earlier in the day.

    But the half hour working break was certainly unique, and apparently within the rules.

    I don't like the safety car interventions, but can see the reasons why, and although it puts a great element of luck into the results, I can accept that it has the benefit of closing up the field for a more exciting event. Not unique to Bathurst of course, it is now the norm throughout all major forms of motorsport. Remember when a car that was quicker, and reliable, could end up winning the race by several laps. Probably boring to 90% of the viewing public, but to me was the correct result of an endurance race.

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    NSW Police used to oversee track safety issues. they stopped a major rally event in Albury many many yers ago. If they still have the power I wonder if that influenced the repair decision.

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    I noticed a policeman in the control tower, and I guess it is still a public road.
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    I want the local shire to get some of that magic putty to fix up some of the roads down in South Gippsland, held up very well, I expected the marbles to be back within a few laps but the repair held up well.

    But that was no way to run a race, use of the Entertainment Control Vehicle was unwarranted several times where yellow flags should have been appropriate. However as some of the professional drivers managed to crash under yellow maybe they need to run the laps 2-159 behind the ECV and 'race' just the first and last couple of laps.

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    I was hoping for Merc, Nissan and Volvo on the podium, in no particular order. Maybe next year..........

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    Quote Originally Posted by PeterT View Post
    I was hoping for Merc, Nissan and Volvo on the podium, in no particular order. Maybe next year..........
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    Only got one out of three this year
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    Two out of four however.

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    Well that was another story of the day wasn't it - that McLaughlin hit the wall with the Volvo not far from the finish, when I think he was probably in line for a podium, certainly he and Van Gisbergen had been 2 of the quickest cars all day.

    The sleeper of the day was the Davisons in the Merc, 4th place, and hardly a mention all day.
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    Did anyone else see, during the garage walkabout, the Nissan engine on its stand. What a thing of beauty! Bristling with intake trumpets and the quad cam engine block castings so clean.
    I would mount it on a plinth in my "office". Too nice to get dirty.

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    No, but I just loved the sound of the Volvo with its flat plane crank. It clearly had a few more hp than the others as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PeterT View Post
    No, but I just loved the sound of the Volvo with its flat plane crank. It clearly had a few more hp than the others as well.
    Peter, Who are the Volvo engine builders ?

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    Polestar racing is a Volvo's performance/racing partner. Not surprisingly it's a Swedish company.

    The following article states that Polestar is turning the engines.

    http://www.volvocars.com/au/Document...20Part%202.pdf
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