Ruggier and EMS clinch the 2014 Kumho Series Championship
Series Rookie Justin Ruggier has claimed an impressive final round win at Sydney Motorsport Park to secure the 2014 Kumho V8 Touring Car title.
Heading into the final round with a 44 point lead, Ruggier was only able to be beaten by his championship rival Ryan Simpson with 143 points on offer for the round.
The weekend started in style recording the fastest time in all practice sessions and securing a critical 3 points for pole position on Saturday morning in searing heat. The heavens opens just prior to Race 1 accompanied by a severe storm. Ruggier has showed impressive form in wet conditions and went into the race confident of a strong performance despite drying conditions. Ruggier held a comfortable gap on Simpson to take the race win.
Race 2 was a different story and the roles reversed when Simpson applied pressure to the EMS VZ Holden and found his way past at turn 2 on the final lap. Ruggier held onto 2nd and banked more valuable points.
While he only needed to finish Race 3 in order to clinch the title, Ruggier was determined to also walk away with the Round win. A poor start from Simpson allowed Ruggier to clear away and put two cars in between he and Simpson. A lunge by Jose Fernandez on series regular Matt Chahda resulted in contact which took both cars out of the equation and allowed Simpson to move into second and set about chasing down Ruggier.
Struggling with car balance in the closing stages of Race allowed Simpson to close in on the back of Ruggier but with only a handful of laps to go Ruggier held on to record an extremely memorable Race, Round and Championship win.
The #54 VZ Holden now becomes the most successful chassis in V8 Racing history by winning all three tiers of V8 Racing in Australia – V8 Supercars 2006 Rick Kelly, Dunlop Series 2007 Tony D’Alberto and Kumho V8 Touring Car Series 2014 Justin Ruggier.
Eggleston Motorsport now becomes double 2014 National Champions and only the second team in history to win two V8 racing titles in one year. The only other team to achieve such a record is Triple Eight.