Briscoe takes home victory at Surfers

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Briscoe takes home victory at Surfers

Postby Pepper » Sun 26 Oct, 2008 8:11 am

Ryan Briscoe fended off Scott Dixon to take a home win at Surfers Paradise, after Will Power crashed out of the lead having dominated most of the weekend.

For the third year in a row, Power's race ended in an accident after he had taken a commanding pole. But unlike his previous Surfers disappointments, this time Power's incident was a solo mistake rather than a collision.

The KV driver's crash on lap 16 left Briscoe (Penske) leading from Dixon (Ganassi), where he would remain until the flag.

Power immediately opened a four-second advantage at the start, as Dixon had to back off and hand second to Briscoe having cut the first chicane to hold the position on the opening lap.

An early yellow for a crash by Dale Coyne Racing's Mario Moraes, who had already tangled with Vitor Meira (Foyt) at the start, brought Briscoe and Dixon back onto Power's tail, but the Australian had little trouble pulling away again at the restart.

Although Briscoe began chipping away at his lead, Power was still two seconds in front when he misjudged the Turn 5/6 chicane on lap 16 and smashed his left-front suspension on the wall.

"I just clipped the inside wall," said Power. "Just a very bad mistake, very unfortunate. We were saving heaps of fuel, I wasn't pushing hard and it just caught me out."

That put Briscoe in the lead ahead of Dixon, Ryan Hunter-Reay (Rahal Letterman), Alex Tagliani (Conquest), Dario Franchitti (Ganassi) and EJ Viso (HVM) going into the first pit stops.

The second yellow came out on lap 21, when early-stopper Graham Rahal tapped Ed Carpenter into a spin, with AJ Foyt IV, Dan Wheldon and Danica Patrick all getting caught up in the subsequent traffic jam.

This was bad news for Franchitti, who was the only one of the leaders not to have pitted before the caution, and consequently fell to 13th when he stopped under yellow.

While trying to fight back, the former champion spun and stalled at Turn 6, causing the third caution and putting himself a lap down.

Briscoe and Dixon dominated the second half of the race, with the Penske driver able to hold a steady two-second advantage over the current champion.

That gap was reduced to almost nothing with five laps to go, when Briscoe was badly held up lapping Patrick, but the Australian was able to resist huge pressure from Dixon and claim his third win of the year.

"What a way to finish the year and kick off 2009," said Briscoe. "It's a dream to win in my home country."

Newman/Haas/Lanigan's Justin Wilson, who had been a match for Power in practice, was forced to start at the back following pre-race gearbox problems. He carved through the field early on - making up 11 places in six laps - but would drop right out of contention after a tangle with Bruno Junqueira at a restart.

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Re: Briscoe takes home victory at Surfers

Postby vikki » Sun 26 Oct, 2008 5:02 pm

Bill de'Wall wrote:But unlike his previous Surfers disappointments, this time Power's incident was a solo mistake rather than a collision.



well that's so much better isn't it? :P
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Re: Briscoe takes home victory at Surfers

Postby Pepper » Mon 27 Oct, 2008 7:31 am

Yep, that makes all the difference!

This way is so much...........

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