The 2012 Jap drag Series kicked off at Japshow, Santa Pod this weekend and saw a return to form of Jeff Ludgate – “Ludders” of the GTROC. Mazdas, Mitsu, Toyotas and Nissans all fought it out to be top of the standings at the end of the day with qualifying times proving to be very close before we got into the real action and the shoot-outs
After qualifying it was the RX7’s that led the way with Rob Blackshaw taking the number 1 spot and James Willday following behind. Jeff Ludgate followed with a 9.2393 second pass in the first of the three Skylines competing. the standings from that session were as follows:
|2nd||James Willday||Mazda GEN 3 RX7||9.1707||149.06|
|3rd||Jeff Ludgate||Nissan Skyline||9.2393||149.12|
|4th||André Gysler||Mitsubishi GTO||10.2078||147.13|
|5th||Mark Moseley||Nissan Skyline||10.2191||136.95|
|6th||Mark Newman||Toyota Supra||10.8492||131.01|
|7th||John Stocker||Nissan 200sx||13.1808||115.51|
|8th||Wayne Armsden||Nissan Skyline||16.2242||57.53|
The quarter finals played out like this:
|Andre Gysler||Broke / Abort||Broke / Abort||Broke / Abort|
The semi’s saw the fall of the RX7’s with Rob Blackshaw eliminating himself by virtue of a red light creating a path to the final for Mark Moseley. James Willday with an off-form 11.1 second pass was also defeated by Ludders who backed up his impressive qualifying with another 9 second pass.
It was an all Skyline final with Mark Moseley and Jeff Ludgate lining up for the wins. They were away from the line together but from then on Ludders’ Sherbert Lemon powered through and took the win with yet another impressive 9 second pass. In the other lane Mark Moseley tripped the beams with a 10.1 second pass, his best time of the day.
Huge congratulations to Ludders and thanks to everyone who came to the event to compete in the RWYB and to support Jeff. here’s to the next round!