Queensland ASBK 2 Plus 4 Results
Results from the 2011 Australian Superbike 2 plus 4 round at Queensland Raceway.
Wayne Maxwell has taken overall honours at the 2011 Queensland 2 plus 4 round of the Australian Superbike Championship with a Race 1 win, and a 5th place in Race 2. Championship points leader Glen Allerton was second overall for the round.
Team Honda’s Wayne Maxwell rescued a poor qualifying performance yesterday to charge to a deserved win in an action-packed opening QBE Australian Superbike Championship race at Queensland Raceway today. From third on the grid, the CBR1000RR-mounted Maxwell got away to a good start and held his own with the frontrunners as a tense battle ensued.
Aprilia’s Ben Attard led the race momentarily before a big braking manouevre from Jamie Stauffer saw the polesitter wrestle back the lead. It lasted just a few hundred metres as Stauffer’s Honda slid out from beneath him into turn four, the first left-hander on the 6-corner, 3.12km circuit. His Honda flipped spectacularly and his race was run, though he fortunately walked away from the incident unhurt.
The race fell back in favour of Maxwell and Procon Maxima BMW rider Glenn Allerton, with Attard buying into their battle before running wide and off the circuit at turn 3 while attempting a pass under brakes. Disappointed, Attard pushed on in a determined fashion, reeling in riders lap after lap before coming up on the back of Team Mack Truck Suzuki’s Robbie Bugden, who was holding down a solid third. Attard made a pass stick one corner from the end of the race, and was clearly elated with third.
Up front the battle to the cheuqered flag ended in Maxwell’s favour by 0.224s, a result the Victorian will be happy with considering his tough run of luck in 2011. As they did yesterday, four different manufacturers ended the day in the top four placings, with Demolition Plus GAS Honda’s Coxhell avoiding the drama in front of him to finish a solid fifth.
BMW rider Linden Magee continued his battle with Brodie Waters on the factory Prostock Suzuki, getting the nod by a second as the 16-lap race came to a close.
Riders will grid up in their qualifying positions for tomorrow’s second 16-lap race, with another important haul of championship points on offer.
Team Honda’s Jamie Stauffer defied the disappointment of a DNF yesterday to win the second race of round 6 of the QBE Australian Superbike Championship at Queensland Raceway today.
Stauffer led the 14-lap clash from pole, treading carefully on a low-grip circuit as he fended off a race-long challenge from Team Suzuki’s Josh Waters. Stauffer and Waters engaged in a battle of the late brakers, with Waters attempting but unable to convert a number of moves for position at the end of the circuit’s 280km/h back straight.
Stauffer redeemed himself after yesterday’s dramatic crash to take the chequered flag by 2.262 seconds and his third race victory from four starts at Ipswich. Third place went to a consistent Ben Attard, who put his i-Style The Natural Aprilia RSV4 on the podium in both races this weekend.
The overall round 6 victory fell in favour of Stauffer’s Honda teammate, Wayne Maxwell, who backed up his race win yesterday with fifth today. Maxwell lacked the front end confidence to push forward during the race but was relieved to bag more valuable points after a rollercoaster year.
Procon Maxima BMW rider Glenn Allerton was unable to challenge for a race podium today but pushed on to finish fourth, snaring second overall for the round. The result marks Allerton’s first non-podium finish for the season, an incredible statistic which sees him sitting comfortably atop the standings as the ASBK looks ahead to its penultimate round at Symmons Plains in November.
The BMW rider’s points lead extended to 67 today as the battle for positions 2 through to 6 tightened considerably.
By virtue of his pole position point, race win and DNF, Jamie Stauffer remains in second but is joined by Attard, with both riders sitting on 196 points.
Team Suzuki’s Troy Herfoss holds onto fourth place despite a disappointing run this weekend. He survived a run through the gravel trap at the end of turn 3 today to salvage 9th for the round. Craig Coxhell may not have had the pace of the podium placers but rode consistently today to maintain 5th on the standings, 4 points ahead of a charging Wayne Maxwell.
Prostock Challenge honours went to BMW rider Linden Magee, who held off Team Suzuki’s Brodie Waters and local Honda rider Nathan Houtermann in identical race and round results.
QBE ASBK action resumes at Symmons Plains for its third 2+4 event of the year on November 11-13.
Wayne Maxwell, Team Honda:
“To get the overall win here in front of an awesome crowd is good. The overall win is a bit of a surprise, it’s a lucky win with Jamie and some of the other boys making mistakes. It puts us back in contention for second in the championship and that’s all we can achieve after the year we’ve had. Full credit to the guys at Team Honda Racing, they’ve given me the confidence to get up the front and battle with those guys. We move on to some tracks that I’m a bit stronger at, Tassie and Phillip Island, so I should be able to get up there and end up second in the championship overall.”
Glenn Allerton, Procon Maxima BMW:
“The positives from today are that we came away with an even bigger championship points lead and I finished second for the weekend, I can’t complain about that. The Procon Maxima BMW went really well, I think if we had have done a test between the last race and this one like everyone else did we would have been that step further forward and battling for the win. Unfortunately we couldn’t do that due to me being overseas and doing some racing. We’ll go to the next round and try to consolidate, I’m strong at Tasmania so I’ll go to my favourite track and hopefully be able to take the number 1 plate there.”
Ben Attard, i-Style The Natural Aprilia:
“It was a good weekend, I’m really happy to be on the podium twice this weekend, it definitely proved that we’re a frontrunner now and that a race win is getting closer and closer. It was there today and there was an opportunity to take it but I messed up, we struggled with rear grip in today’s race but we’ll go on to the next one feeling strong.”
Jamie Stauffer, Team Honda:
“Yesterday was a disappointment..it’s one of those things that happen in racing and we could have won that quite easily. We made up for it today by going out there and getting the win. The conditions weren’t easy today, the track was a bit slippery but everyone had to race in the same conditions, I’m just glad we brought it home for the win.”
QBE Australian Superbikes Race 1 Results, Queensland Raceway
1. Wayne MAXWELL (NSW) / Team Honda Racing / Motologic / Oleon Oils, Honda CBR RR
2. Glenn ALLERTON (NSW) / Procon Maxima BMW / Dynomotive / Zoom Recruitment, BMW S RR
3. Ben ATTARD (QLD) / The i-Style Natural Aprilia Team / Archers / MOTUL, Aprilia RSV4
4. Robert BUGDEN (QLD) / Team Mack Trucks Suzuki, Suzuki GSX-R
5. Craig COXHELL (VIC) / Demolition Plus GAS Honda Racing, Honda CBR RR
6. Joshua WATERS (VIC) / Team Suzuki, Suzuki GSX-R
7. Scott CHARLTON (VIC) / Racers Edge Performance / PTR / Vern Graham Suzuki, Suzuki GSX-R
8. Troy HERFOSS (NSW) / Team Suzuki, Suzuki GSX-R
9. Ben HENRY (QLD) / CUBE Racing Australian Outdoor Living / Weld West, Suzuki GSX-R
10. Nicholas COLE (NZ) / Motul / justfairings.co.nz / Dunlop / Auckland Steel Blasters, Kawasaki ZX10R
QBE Australian Superbikes Race 2 Results, Queensland Raceway
1. Jamie STAUFFER
2. Joshua WATERS
3. Ben ATTARD
4. Glenn ALLERTON
5. Wayne MAXWELL
6. Robert BUGDEN
7. Craig COXHELL
8. Scott CHARLTON
9. Troy HERFOSS
10. Ben HENRY
QBE Australian Superbike Championship Standings after round 6 of 8
1. Glenn ALLERTON (VIC), 263
2. Jamie STAUFFER (NSW), 196
3. Ben ATTARD (QLD), 196
4. Troy HERFOSS (VIC), 185
5. Craig COXHELL (VIC), 181
6. Wayne MAXWELL (VIC), 177
7. Joshua WATERS (VIC), 159
8. Robert BUGDEN (QLD), 148
9. Cole ODENDAAL (NSW), 123
10. Ben HENRY (QLD), 121