Aug 21, 2011
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Flag-to-flag victory for Stauffer at Queensland Raceway
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 Superbike Championship Round 6 Overall Results*
1. Wayne MAXWELL (VIC), 41
2. Glenn ALLERTON (VIC), 37
3. Ben ATTARD (QLD), 36
4. Joshua WATERS (VIC), 35
5. Robert BUGDEN (QLD), 32
6. Craig COXHELL (VIC), 30
7. Scott CHARLTON (VIC), 27
8. Jamie STAUFFER (NSW), 26
9. Troy HERFOSS (VIC), 25
10. Ben HENRY (QLD), 23
*Results provisional at time of publishing.
Corrected 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