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The second round of Season 7 of the Monday Night Lights series has been run and won. Barber Motorsports Park hosted round two with an amazing field turning out for the event. With a Strength of Field topping 3,200, the race took out the title of strongest field of the week. The action was commensurate with the skill of the drivers on display.
Ludwig Ghidi made a welcome return to the series and snared a hotly contested pole position from the top local driver Ben Furhoff just .03 behind with Stuart Vaughan, a new driver to the series just a single one thousandth behind Furhoff in third. With a great mixture of familiar faces and new drivers on the grid perhaps the most notable outcome of the two lap qualifying run was Enzo Canta, who could only manage 8th position after not being able to get the track time needed during the week to put himself further up the grid.
From the fall of the green flag Ghidi established a commanding lead with Furhoff and Vaughan fighting it out for the podium positions with Chris Forbes. A coming together in the early laps between these two saw Vaughan have to limp his damaged car around to the pits ending his shot at the higher positions.
The real action though was in the midfield with a hard charging Canta battling it out with the likes of Kevin Henderson, Chris Forbes and Colin Suttie. There was action a plenty throughout the field with drivers putting on a fantastic display and plenty for the viewers to take in. Henderson had a night to remember with several incidents with fellow competitiors, including Suttie, Canta, Alex McKellar and Mick Grey. In and amongst all that action, Henderson was still able to bring his battered machine home in 5th place.
There were too many stories to tell in words out of this race. I think it best to let the video below tell the story as best it can. It was a great field that made for a great race. Thanks to one and all for turning out and making it another fantastic event!
Season 7 of Monday Night Lights kicked off in style with a total of 4 splits worth of drivers turning out for the opening round. Certainly the opening week of the series and the well known, free Okayama track contributed to the fantastic turnout. But, with a Strength of Field of 3,288, the third highest for the week, the popularity of the weekly Monday night fixture once again shone through.
Returning series Champion Enzo Canta once again lined up on the grid for what he no doubts hopes will be his 4th series victory. There were a few new faces amongst the field taking part in their first venture Down Under along with a cavalcade of returning regulars making for a great on track atmosphere.
Dekota Fripp made a welcome return to Monday Night Lights, snaring pole position by under a tenth of a second from Canta, with newcomer and Italian compatriate Valerio Pianezza in third. Daryl Ridley was the leading local driver in what was a fantastic qualifying result in fourth, closely followed by Luke Whitten, Luke Page, who also made a welcome return to the series and Ben Furhoff. The four local hopes separated again by less than one tenth of a second. It was clear that the racing was going to be tight and action packed.
The action started with the green lights when Fripp suffered mechanical failure at the off, his car completely immobile sustained two heavy hits from other drivers trying to navigate their way past his stricken vehicle. This forced Fripp to the pits and put him a lap down on the field, robbing the race of what was shaping to be a classic battle between he and Canta, akin to the fantastic spectacle they put on for the final race Season 6.
From there, the Italian flag was flying as the crowd saw Canta and Pianezza go on to take a solid one, two finish with Whitten rounding out the podium. Page and Furhoff were the other ANZ club members in the top 5 with Ridley coming off second best in an unfortunate incident with Furhoff at the turn 5 hairpin after running strongly in the opening laps of the race. In answer to the question posed by Ridley moments after the incident, yes, your car is definitely yellow!
With Bernie and RRtv on a well earned break over the festive season, I had a crack at solo commentary and camera work using the replay of the race as I was driving in the event myself. You can see the outcome of that effort below. It really highlights what RRtv bring to the series with their ongoing support. The tools of the trade don’t really play nicely with replays, rather than the live event, but, realistically, it’s a two man job and Bernie does it extremely well.
Full results and current standings for the series after round one can be found on the Monday Night Lights page on this site. So until next week, enjoy the show!