2010 Sandown Preview – Winner Already but second to be decided
Heading into round five the Victorian driver has taken out three of the four rounds contested with a second overall in the other and wouldn’t mind chalking up a treble of victories to see out the season.
He won’t be too concerned either about where the most interest will centre and that is on the battle for second between South Australia’s Chris Smerdon and Victoria’s Terry Wyhoon. Smerdon started out the season in an ex-Stone Brothers Racing Falcon AU and then debuted a Stone Brothers Racing BA at the third round but computer glitches ruled the inaugural 2008 series winner out of the last round.
Fortunately for Smerdon round one winner Wyhoon was a non-starter at Eastern Creek as well in his ex Larkham Motor Sport BA. So effectively the pair can resume battle for the runner-up’s spot as they are only separated by 19 points.
Equally enthralling will be the battle for fourth between four more Fords with West Australian Matt Hansen (ex-Prancing Horse Racing AU) Chris Delfsma in his ex-Howard Racing AU another SBR AU with Mark Sheppard at the helm and the former Ford Pickford Racing AU of John Vergotis facing off.
Whilst not in the title hunt Holden numbers are strong here with three former Garry Rogers Motorsports VYs in the hands of Stephen Voight (Qld) Aaron Tebb (NSW) and Derrick Hocking (Qld).
Isidoro Ambrosio is back in the driver’s seat of the ex-Perkins Engineering VZ that West Australia team mate Dean Kovacevich drove at Eastern Creek while the Commodore VX that won Sandown’s final round last year in the hands of Steve Owen will be re-joining the V8TCNS in the hands of series debut and Improved Production driver Shaun Fennell.
Another series rookie makes his debut this weekend too. Commodore Cup driver Nathan Collins will race a Terry Wyhoon-run Image Racing Ford Falcon AU.
National Series Points (after four rounds)
Tony Evangelou 510 Chris Smerdon 312 Terry Wyhoon 293 Mark Shephard 184 John Vergotis 178 Matthew Hansen 134 Dean Neville 132 Chris Delfsma 129 Michael Bartsch 124 Scott Loadsman 106 Dean Kovacevich 105 Ben Eggleston 97 Stephen Voight 76 Aaron Tebb 74 Sam Walter 70 Isi Ambrosio 66 Steve Ingwersen 19. 2009 V8 Touring Car National Series Winner Adam Wallis (Holden Commodore VT) 2008 V8 Touring Car National Series Winner Chris Smerdon (Ford Falcon AU)
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