2004 Konica Minolta V8 Supercar Series

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The 2004 Konica Minolta V8 Supercar Series was an Australian touring car series held for V8 Supercars. It was the fifth series held for second tier V8 Supercar teams. The season began on 22 February 2004 at Wakefield Park and finished on 22 August at Mallala Motor Sport Park. The season consisted of six rounds held across four different states, returning to Queensland for the first time since 2001.

The tightest series in the history of the second-tier V8 Supercar competition saw the point score tied at the end of the final race. Brad Jones Racing Ford driver, Andrew Jones was adjudged the series champion on a countback as he won Winton Motor Raceway and Eastern Creek Raceway rounds whereas rival Supercheap Auto Racing Ford driver Luke Youlden did not have a round win to his credit. The pointscore underlined the necessity of consistency in race results, Dick Johnson Racing Ford driver Owen Kelly took the most race wins for the season, seven in total, but did not figure in the final points, losing too many through poor results. Jones had two wins, Youlden just one. The remaining wins were scattered between Alan Gurr, Mal Rose, Lee Holdsworth, Kurt Wimmer and Wayne Wakefield, most of those through the benefit of reverse grid races with Greg Ritter taking two wins and the final round in a guest drive of the Speed FX Racing Falcon Brad Tilley had driven all season. New Zealander Mark Porter had his best series result (and also the best Holden), finishing third, 68 points behind the top two after taking one second and a pair of third during the season. José Fernández finished fourth in the series despite never finishing higher than fourth in a race.

Teams and drivers[edit]

The following teams and drivers have competed during the 2004 Konica Minolta V8 Supercar Series.

Team No Driver Car
Brad Jones Racing 19 Australia Andrew Jones Ford AU Falcon
Howard Racing 27 Australia Cameron McLean Ford AU Falcon
37 Australia Mark Howard
38 Australia Aaron McGill
83 Australia Tim Gordon
Australia Aaron McGill
Matthew White Racing 28 Australia Matthew White Ford AU Falcon
76 Australia Dean Wanless Holden VX Commodore
Steven Ellery Racing 30 Australia Luke Youlden Ford AU Falcon
Jay Motorsport 32 Australia Jay Verdnik Holden VX Commodore
Peters Motorsport 40 Australia Brett Peters
Australia Wayne Wakefield
Ford AU Falcon
80 Australia Michael Olsen
Australia Stephen Voight
91 Australia Gary Deane
Holden Young Lions 46 Australia Michael Caruso
Australia Steve Owen
Australia Alan Gurr
Holden VX Commodore
96 Australia Kurt Wimmer
Rupprecht Motorsport 55 Australia Mal Rose
Australia Ross Halliday
Australia Stephen White
Ford AU Falcon
89 Australia Adam Wallis
90 Australia Phillip Scifleet
Australia Greg Crick
Paul Cruickshank Racing 56 Australia Kevin Mundy Ford AU Falcon
65 Australia Marcus Zukanovic
Speed FX Racing 60 Australia Brad Tilley
Australia Greg Ritter
Ford AU Falcon
Independent Race Cars Australia 64 Australia Tony D'Alberto Holden VX Commodore
Rod Lynch Racing 66 Australia Gary MacDonald Ford AU Falcon
Shane Beikoff Racing 68 Australia Shane Beikoff
Australia Phill Foster
Malaysia Alex Yoong
Ford AU Falcon
Spiess Heckler Racing 69 Australia Robert Jones Holden VX Commodore
Robert Smith Racing 70 Australia Alan Gurr Holden VX Commodore
72 Australia Lee Holdsworth
Perkins Engineering 70 Australia Alex Davison Holden VX Commodore
Dick Johnson Racing 71 Australia Owen Kelly Ford AU Falcon
81 Australia José Fernández
Sydney Star Racing 98 Australia Grant Elliott Holden VX Commodore
MoPro 110 Australia Jamie Cartwright Ford AU Falcon
MSport 111 New Zealand Mark Porter Holden VX Commodore
A.N.T. Racing 300 Australia Tony Evangelou Ford AU Falcon

Race calendar[edit]

Round Date Circuit Location Winning driver
1 22-23 February New South Wales Wakefield Park Goulburn, New South Wales Australia Alan Gurr
2 19-20 March South Australia Adelaide Street Circuit Adelaide, South Australia Australia Owen Kelly
3 17-18 April Victoria (Australia) Winton Motor Raceway Benalla, Victoria Australia Andrew Jones
4 29-30 May New South Wales Eastern Creek Raceway Sydney, New South Wales Australia Andrew Jones
5 3-4 July Queensland Queensland Raceway Ipswich, Queensland Australia Owen Kelly
6 21-22 August South Australia Mallala Motor Sport Park Mallala, South Australia Australia Greg Ritter

Results and standings[edit]

The season consisted of six rounds across three different states. Rounds 1 and 3-6 consisted of three races. The second race of each weekend saw the finishing order of race 1 reversed to form the grid, a 'reverse grid' race. Round 2 consisted of a pair of races. Points were awarded for all cars who finished each race in finishing order. Points may have been offered beyond the 30th position but at no point during the season did more than 30 cars finish a race. Round 2's pair of races carried 50% more points than a single race elsewhere in the season.

Position 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th 11th 12th 13th 14th 15th 16th 17th 18th 19th 20th 21st 22nd 23rd 24th 25th 26th 27th 28th 29th 30th
Rounds 1 & 3-6
Points
64 62 60 58 56 54 52 50 48 46 44 42 40 38 36 34 32 30 28 26 24 22 20 18 16 14 12 10 8 6
Round 2
Points
96 93 90 87 84 81 78 75 72 69 66 63 60 57 54 51 48 45 42 39 36 33 30 27 24 21 18 15 12 9

Drivers championship[edit]

Points table referenced, in part, as follows:[1]

Pos Driver Pen. WAK[2] ADE[3] WIN[4] EAS[5] QLD[6] MAL[7] Pts
1 Australia Andrew Jones 4 Ret 1 2 Ret 1 7 3 2 2 2 2 3 2 2 3 2 945
2 Australia Luke Youlden 6 3 7 5 6 2 16 1 4 7 3 6 Ret 5 3 6 3 945
3 New Zealand Mark Porter 7 4 19 7 4 3 3 Ret 11 15 8 5 6 6 10 2 7 877
4 Australia José Fernández 5 7 20 8 5 10 11 4 6 22 7 7 8 21 6 8 4 857
5 Australia Owen Kelly Ret 5 22 1 1 7 1 Ret 1 5 1 1 4 1 24 20 18 830
6 Australia Matthew White 2 15 2 3 2 4 Ret 5 3 23 Ret 4 9 4 5 25 6 827
7 Australia Cameron McLean 32 3 16 3 4 3 6 20 2 7 20 4 Ret 12 19 13 14 Ret 725
8 Australia Tony D'Alberto 9 9 8 Ret 13 27 Ret 9 8 6 6 10 5 8 12 10 8 714
9 Australia Grant Elliott 11 12 DNS 12 10 13 10 6 25 3 12 11 14 12 14 23 9 706
10 Australia Gary MacDonald 21 21 11 13 11 14 15 14 12 14 Ret 12 17 9 15 7 13 660
11 Australia Marcus Zukanovic 16 20 9 10 Ret 17 4 8 9 Ret 11 9 11 16 4 15 Ret 629
12 Australia Wayne Wakefield 6 21 5 6 21 10 13 Ret 22 2 17 22 1 20 565
13 Australia Lee Holdsworth 12 13 6 Ret DNS 28 Ret 10 30 1 Ret 3 7 3 8 11 17 560
14 Australia Alan Gurr 1 11 4 Ret DNS 5 11 5 8 13 Ret 9 12 5 558
15 Australia Kevin Mundy 10 23 17 Ret Ret 12 21 12 13 12 23 23 15 11 11 13 10 538
16 Australia Adam Wallis 15 6 15 15 12 16 8 13 21 Ret DNS 17 18 15 16 Ret DNS 523
17 Australia Kurt Wimmer 18 8 DNS Ret DNS 9 Ret 11 28 Ret 9 24 1 7 17 4 11 498
18 Australia Jay Verdnik 17 14 15 14 18 20 9 Ret 20 18 DNS 26 20 14 Ret 16 19 478
19 Australia Tony Evangelou 9 7 8 Ret 20 19 Ret 10 13 21 10 18 19 Ret 468
20 Australia Mark Howard 24 10 18 20 14 24 13 18 26 16 21 DNS DNS DNS 25 17 16 432
21 Australia Robert Jones 15 5 7 14 Ret 17 15 16 22 20 18 15 398
22 Australia Dean Wanless 23 Ret 12 Ret 17 26 17 15 24 8 14 27 Ret DNS 21 22 14 394
23 Australia Brad Tilley 22 19 23 Ret 16 23 19 Ret 17 4 13 20 19 13 393
24 Australia Phillip Scifleet 8 Ret 5 21 8 11 Ret DNS 16 10 16 375
25 Australia Jamie Cartwright DNS DNS DNS 18 20 22 22 16 23 21 18 21 25 Ret 276
26 Australia Michael Caruso 25 2 13 11 9 256
27 Australia Aaron McGill 22 9 19 16 24 Ret 19 21 12 244
28 Australia Gary Deane 25 18 19 27 24 22 18 26 23 23 24 Ret 228
29 Australia Mal Rose 20 1 16 18 19 15 218
30 Australia Michael Olsen 14 17 Ret 19 12 Ret 29 17 14 206
31 Australia Greg Ritter 1 5 1 184
32 Australia Shane Beikoff 19 22 21 21 14 17 168
33 Australia Tim Gordon 19 15 Ret 22 20 144
34 Malaysia Alex Yoong 15 Ret DNS 25 10 18 128
35 Australia Brett Peters 13 18 14 108
36 Australia Alex Davison 7 9 Ret 100
37 Australia Phill Foster 17 19 90
38 Australia Steve Owen Ret 2 Ret 62
39 Australia Greg Crick 14 23 DNS 58
40 Australia Ross Halliday 16 Ret 51
41 Australia Stephen Voight 19 27 Ret 40
42 Australia Stephen White 18 Ret DNS 30
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Finished, in points
Blue Finished, no points
Not classified (NC)
Purple Did not finish (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Withdrew (WD)
Race cancelled (C)
Blank Did not participate
Excluded (EX)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2004 Konica Minolta V8 Supercar Series Points". Official website of the V8 Supercar Championship Series. 22 August 2004. Retrieved 01-02-2009. 
  2. ^ "Wakefield Park Raceway 22/02/2004 2004 Konica Minolta V8 Supercar Series - Round 1". National Software. 22 February 2004. Retrieved 1 February 2009. 
  3. ^ "Adelaide Parklands Circuit 21/03/2004 2004 Clipsal 500 Adelaide". National Software. 21 March 2003. Retrieved 1 February 2009. 
  4. ^ "Winton Motor Raceway 18/04/2004 2004 Konica V8 Minolta Supercar Series - Round 3". National Software. 18 April 2004. Retrieved 1 February 2009. 
  5. ^ "Eastern Creek International Raceway 30/05/2004 2004 Konica V8 Minolta Supercar Series - Round 4". National Software. 30 May 2004. Retrieved 1 February 2009. 
  6. ^ "Queensland Raceway Ipswich 04/07/2004 2004 V8 Supercar Championship Series - Round 6". National Software. 4 July 2004. Retrieved 1 February 2009. 
  7. ^ "Mallala Motorsport Park 22/08/2004 2004 Konica Minolta V8 Supercar Series - Round 6". National Software. 22 August 2004. Retrieved 1 February 2009. 

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