Garioch wins Kumho opener as Davies and Pollicina clash

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Saturday 23rd March, 2013 - 6:13pm

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Pollicina swept around the outside of seven rivals into Turn 1 but would soon strike trouble

Pollicina swept around the outside of seven rivals into Turn 1 but would soon strike trouble

Ford driver Justin Garioch benefited from an early collision between rivals Shae Davies and Jim Pollicina to take a maiden race victory in the Kumho V8 Touring Car Series at Sydney Motorsport Park.

Garioch started from third on the grid for the season-opener but moved to the front of the pack when Davies was handed a drive-through penalty for tipping Pollicina into a spin on the third lap.

Pollicina had earlier rocketed away from his eighth place starting position to take the lead from pole-sitter Davies into the first corner.

Davies finished 15th after his penalty while Pollicina was just one place higher after limping the remaining six laps with front spoiler damage.

Tony Evangelou finished second, taking the flag 1.6s down on Garioch, while front-row starter Morgan Haber completed the top three.

Nathan Assaillit secured fourth in his first hit-out in an ex-WPS Racing Falcon BF while Chris Smerdon, Terry Wyhoon, Steve Briffa, Matt Hansen, Chris Delfsma and John Vergotis filled fifth through 10th.

Rookie Matt Chada took the flag 14th but was demoted to 19th after a post-race penalty for contact with fellow Ford driver Maurie Pickering.

Two more races tomorrow will complete the opening round action for the Kumho V8s at the Sydney Shannons Nationals event.

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