Riley continues to lead AUSF1000 field at Barbagallo

Ben Riley in April

Ben Riley in April.

 

Ben Riley continued his run of victories in the 2014 CAMS WA AUS F1000 Championship, winning all three races in the second race meeting of the season at Barbagallo Raceway.

Stewart Burns was quickest in the morning qualifying session, setting a 0:59.368s lap.

Despite being good enough for pole, it was more than one second slower than April’s quickest qualifying time.

Fastlane Racing’s Daniel Gate was second fastest, just over half-a-second down on Burns.

Stewart Burns was quickest in qualifying.

Stewart Burns was quickest in qualifying.

Ben Riley was unable to set a time to challenge for pole before a front wing mount failure saw him black-flagged from the session.

RACE 1
Despite starting third, Riley passed second-placed Daniel Gate on the opening lap.

The championship leader then took the race lead the next time around.

But the race win was far from certain, with Burns pushing the championship leader all the way to the flag.

He eventually finished less than 1.5s behind the winner.

Consistency over the race’s eight laps was the key to victory and a run of five laps from Riley toward the end of the race all within 0.850s of each other rewarded him with victory.

Despite not winning, Burns’ overall pace was strong and his quickest lap was only 0.029s short of the race’s fastest.

His improved pace toward the end of the race saw him cut the gap to Riley in the final laps.

The race winner later said the pain from a shoulder dislocation two days prior meant he struggled for pace late in the race.

Daniel Gate finished the race third, more than eight seconds behind the winner.

RACE 2
The day’s second race saw Riley lead lights to flag unopposed, recording a lap over 0.650s quicker than the pole time on his way to victory.

Riley set an unchallenged pace from the start of the race, entering the mid-58s four times in the eight-lap event.

Burns again showed excellent consistency, lapping within seven tenths of his quickest lap on six consecutive occasions.

Daniel Gate showed too how consistently drivers can lap in F1000 cars, also consistently lapping close to his personal best.

But despite mature drives from both Burns and Gate, Riley again emerged victorious.

After eight laps the difference between first and second at the chequered flag was 1.5s.

Daniel Gate finished over eight seconds behind.

RACE 3

The meet’s final race saw the closest finish of the day, with the three cars being separated by less than seven seconds at the finish line.

Taking a hat trick of victories, Ben Riley finished ahead of Stewart Burns and Daniel Gate.

But the final positions weren’t as clear as in races one and two, with Gate trailing Burns by only two seconds after eight laps.

The three drivers’ quickest race lap times were separated by only 0.7s.

Daniel Gate narrowly missed out on a season best second place.

Daniel Gate narrowly missed out on a season best second place.

Burns’ challenge for the race lead lasted until the final lap, when a fuel starvation issue meant he was forced to nurse the car to the finish line.

A personal best lap time by Gate closed the gap by 3.5s on the final tour, but it was not enough to secure Fastlane Racing’s best result in the 2014 season.

 

CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS

Race 3

Lap record for current WA open-wheel series

Riley (left) and Burns jostle for position heading into the main straight.

F1000 cars set times around Barbagallo Raceway quicker than any current open-wheel series in the state.

 

Formula 1000, Western Australia’s newest open-wheel motor racing series, smashed the Formula Ford lap record around Perth’s Barbagallo Raceway last month, beating the fastest ever recorded Formula Ford time at the track by more than a second.

Ben Riley, who won the three races on April 26 from pole, set a 58.327s lap around the 2.41km lap at an average of 148.809km/h.

His time was nine seconds quicker than any other series on the day.

Riley said the new car was perfect.

“The handling is really good [and] the setup is absolutely fantastic. We went out there and did everything we wanted to do.”

Five cars were expected to participate in the series’ inaugural race meet, but two were sidelined with mechanical issues.

Ben Riley in qualifying

Ben Riley in qualifying

AUSF1000 Series President Derek Burns said the meeting was a success.

“The guys put on a good show,” Mr Burns said.

“It was clean, close racing and those that know their racing can appreciate it and would really know how hard [the drivers] were working.”

The cars will be at Barbagallo for a demonstration run during the V8 Supercar Perth 400 on May 18.

The next F1000 race meet will be at Barbagallo Raceway on June 7.

Riley tops first AUSF1000 race weekend

Ben Riley, Tow IT WA.

Ben Riley, Tow IT WA.

 

Riley tops first AUSF1000 race weekend

 

Ben Riley has dominated the opening round of the 2014 Australian F1000 Championship at Barbagallo Raceway, setting the fastest qualifying lap time and winning all three races.

The round saw four Formula 1000 cars on track, with mechanical issues effectively eliminating two cars.

In qualifying Riley was over 1.5 seconds quicker than second-fastest driver Stewart Burns.

Bruce Allen was third, 2.5 seconds off pole.

Mechanical issues meant Fastlane Driver School’s Daniel Gate struggled during qualifying.

 

Race 1

Riley struggled with race starts all day and immediately fell from pole position to third at the beginning of the opening race.

The yellow Ribuck Industries-sponsored car of Stewart Burns lead Bruce Allen into Turn 1.

After getting off the line, Riley quickly made his way back on to the tails of the lead pair and after some close driving overtook second-placed Bruce Allen at the final corner on lap two.

Two laps later the lead pair entered the final corner side-by-side.

After the pair raced down the main straight, Riley emerged in the lead going into Turn 1.

Stewart Burns (Ahead) and Bruce Allen battled for position early on in the first race.

Stewart Burns (Ahead) and Bruce Allen battled for position early on in the first race.

His lead remained unchallenged and he finished 2.2 seconds ahead of Stewart Burns.

Allen finished third after mechanical issues hampered his progress.

“I hit a curb and everything just went,” He said post-race.

“Something must [have worked] loose.”

AUSF1000 series president Derek Burns later revealed Allen had a major mechanical issue all day.

“Allen was suffering with a problem with a fuel pump,” He said. “It’s not delivering to the engine cleanly.”
“At the next race meet he’ll be up there with the others.”

 

Race 2

Riley again struggled off pole position and dropped to third at the beginning of the second race.

In a copy of Race 1, Burns lead Allen and Riley at the end of the first lap.

By the end of the second lap Allen’s mechanical issues saw him fall into Riley’s sights, who cemented a pass into the first corner on lap three.

A lap later Burns appeared to run off-line while exiting the Esses which allowed Riley the opportunity to challenge for the race lead at the end of the lap.

A move around the outside of the track’s 90-degree final corner put Riley back into the race lead as the pair entered the main straight.

Burns leads Allen and Riley in Race 2.

Burns leads Allen and Riley in Race 2.

Though they remained close, Riley’s lap times were consistently half-a-second quicker than the second-placed car.

The order remained unchanged to the end and Riley lead Burns by 1.7 seconds as the pair crossed the finish line.

Allen ended the race five seconds behind.

Riley’s 58.323s lap in Race 2 was quicker than pole and was about nine seconds quicker than any series at Barbagallo Raceway on the day.

 

Race 3

Another poor start from the pole sitter meant Riley dropped to second, behind Burns, by the first corner.

A move against the race leader put the pair side-by-side into the first corner on lap two and Riley again resumed his place in the lead.

Riley’s mechanics had increased his tyre pressures before the start of the race on the chance rain would begin to fall, but as the track remained dry he now began to struggle with overheating.

The issue slowed the race leader and allowed Burns to retake the lead into the first corner on lap five as Riley struggled to slow the car down.

The pair continued to battle closely as Riley tried to overcome his issues with front-end grip.

As they raced for position toward the first corner on lap seven, a non-F1000 lap car found its way into the mix.

With the slower car on the racing line, Burns yielded the position and allowed Riley to retake the lead.

Burns later and very commendably said he didn’t want to risk any accidents at the first race meet of the year.

Riley (left) and Burns jostle for position heading into the main straight.

Riley (left) and Burns jostle for position heading into the main straight.

The pair continued to lap closely until the end of the race and crossed the finish line less than a second apart.

Riley took his third race victory from three with Stewart Burns second.

Allen was third, nine seconds adrift of the lead pair.

Riley said post-race he’d struggled to keep the car ahead of Stewart Burns in the final race.

“I was running [the tyres] about 4psi higher than we should have been so the grip just wasn’t there,” He said

“That allowed Stewart to catch up.

“I pushed a bit [too much] . . . and then I came down into Turn 7 and downshifted but only went down to fourth instead of second.

“[Stewart] came past and we had a nice two-lap scrap. A backmarker got involved going into Turn 1. . . But it was good. We all gave each other enough room and it worked out well.”

Stewart Burns said the Race 3 scrap was “good fun”.

“We still give each other plenty of room because [the car’s] still new and we’re still learning a lot,” He said.

“It’s much more fun when there’s someone right next to you doing the same speeds and you’re trying to battle with them.

“There’s a lot more personally from myself. I’m still learning how to drive and how my fitness is also for these kind of cars. You’ve got to be a lot fitter than I am.

“It’s a game of trying to work everything out and make it win.”

Riley left the opening round of the 2014 season with 75 points, while Stewart Burns and Bruce Allen scored 54 and 45 respectively.

 

 

Table

 

Stewart Burns, Ribuck Industries

Stewart Burns, Ribuck Industries

 

Bruce Allen, Cape Capital

Bruce Allen, Cape Capital

Daniel Gate, Fleetcare

Daniel Gate, Fleetcare

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Ambient race start noise with 2014 1.6L V6 turbo F1 engines

Audio of the start of the 2014 Malaysian Grand Prix, taken from an unenclosed spectator area. It should be noted that when sitting in the main straight, or anywhere where the audio reverberated of a structure, the engine noise was much louder.

 

 

Audio was recorded approximately from where the blue spot is on the map, well away from the two main straights' amphitheater.

Audio was recorded approximately from where the blue spot is on the map, well away from the two main straights’ amphitheater.

 

See also:

Photos from the 2014 Malaysian Grand Prix

Malaysian Grand Prix Friday Practice photos

 

Photos from the 2014 Malaysian Grand Prix

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