Beechey takes back to back wins

by Richard Craill

Monday, July 18th 2011, 15:05 GMT+10:00

Defending Champion Adam Beechey’s incredible run of V8 Commodore Cup presented by TTM podium finishes has continued after edging out Matt Hayes to win round four of the series at Eastern Creek this weekend.

Beechey takes back to back wins
Rnd#4 Commodore Cup

DEFENDING CHAMPION ADAM BEECHEY’s incredible run of V8 Commodore Cup presented by TTM podium finishes has continued after edging out Matt Hayes to win round four of the series at Eastern Creek this weekend.

The Tasmanian-based Donut King Racing driver held off race one winner Hayes after a tense 14-lap battle in today’s second race to take the win and the round overall, on countback.

It was Beechey’s 10th consecutive Commodore Cup podium, stretching back to the first round of the 2010 series, and extends his lead in the title race as the series moves into the two final rounds in Victoria later this year.

It is also his second consecutive round victory after winning the recent Ashley Cooper Memorial event at Winton, last month.

“It’s a great result and a great race today,” Beechey said.

“We had a really good, clean and hard battle with Matt all race which was great fun. The car has been really good all weekend but we got the start right today and I was able to hold Matt off despite him applying a lot of pressure.

“It’s been a good weekend for our championship defence and to be able to extend the podium streak out to ten races in a row is pretty special.

“Consistency wins championships and our aim has always been to defend the title this year.”

Hayes was second, despite being tied on points with Beechey on the overall results; his rival’s win in today’s second race working against the Victorian driver in the overall podium result.

After winning yesterday’s race, Hayes applied pressure on Beechey throughout the duration of today’s race, attacking on several occasions but ultimately unable to work his way through to the lead.

Nevertheless, after scoring his first victory yesterday Hayes was pleased to be able to score what was – for all intents and purposes – a round win.

“It’s been a great weekend and I think we’re finally there,” he enthused.

“A weekend like this It’s been a long time coming, but I think we’ve made a lot of progress and got the car where we want it so we’re going to push on from here.

“I still think we can win the championship so that has to be our goal going into the final few rounds.”

Tony Bates was third overall in his car, finishing fourth in today’s race but doing enough to secure the strong overall round result.

Bates also departs Eastern Creek as the new lap record holder, re-setting the benchmark to 1:44.9993s today after Hayes lowered the existing mark yesterday.

Today’s 14-lap race featured battles through the field, Marcus Zukanovic featuring in the leading battle for the early stages before finishing a quiet third in his Action Racing Commodore.

Geoff Emery was another star after starting the race from pit lane due to the damage to his NDD Commodore from yesterday’s impact at the turn eight wall.

Emery charged his way through the pack to finish the race in a strong fourth place after a lengthy and entertaining battle with team-mate Bates in the latter stages of the race.

Matthew Chick, Ross McGregor and an ill-handling Chris Stevenson completed the order, with Danny Buzadzic failing to finish the race but showing plenty of pace all weekend.

The next round of the Commodore Cup National Series will be with the Shannons Nationals presented by Hi-Tec Oils at Sandown Raceway, in September.

Action from this weekends’ round – Presented by TTM – can be viewed on SBS Speedweek next Sunday, July 24th. Check local guides for details.

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