It was Round 10 & the curtain call for the 2014 Jim Russell F3 series and once again Chase Murray held the point in qualifying with Kevin Woods close behind, the rest of the field stacked up even tighter with an extremely small margin from front to back.
This time the field was led to the flag by the new Simraceway SEAT Touring car, so a brisk pace lap led to a fast start by Murray making sure he got the jump on Kevin into turn 1. Behind them Frank and Tuttle made some space as a gaggle of cars ran side by side through the mighty esses with Schiller coming off worse as he ran off line while running alongside John Schauerman and had to check up his speed as the freight train ran by. Once again Woods knew an early pass would be important but Murray didn’t let him have a go this time, lap after lap Kevin got more aggressive over the turn 9 chicane curbs till finally he took just a little too much and ended up rotating the car as it came down off the curb in 9b. Once the field came through he tried to get the car back in the right direction as quickly as possible but ended up breaking a driveshaft in the process. Pace car activated for just a couple of laps till the car was pulled into a safe spot and the drivers were at it again, tightly bunched some quick reacting right feet made for entertaining sight of side by side action past start finish and up to turn 2. This time Brain Frank held onto Chases tail a little longer and kept him honest for a few laps before losing touch, Tuttle equally close behind. With Roy Block solidly in 4th the biggest battle emerged with old sparring partners Steve Campbell and Mark Schiller. A frantic last 3 laps saw some side by action in turn 11 till the last corner last lap move by Schiller saw a drag race to the finish line with Mark an FIA nosecone ahead at the checker. With the season over it was time for the Championship trophies to be handed out. 1st place went to the Texas Tornado himself Chase Murray with a fantastic and consistently quick season long campaign, 2nd place went to Doug Tuttle who on his day was as quick as anyone and made sure it showed in the standing, 3rd slot went to Tim Adolphson who although absent from the last weekend managed to stand on his early season points haul to nip Roy Block by 7 pts. A great season is done but a great beginning to the new era of the Jim Russell Race Series and Simraceway Performance Driving School roll on 2015!
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