Eurosaloons @ Rockingham June 31st - July 1st 2012
Our second Race took us to a very windy Rockingham Motor Speedway with the Euro saloons.
On Friday the 30th of June we made our way up to a very windy Rockingham Motor Speeday to spend the day testing, not only to learn the track but to also give Alex more valuable time behind the wheel of the Holden in preperation for our second meeting with the Euro Saloons. It can take up to a year to fully learn how to drive and get the best from a V8 Supercar, so time in the car is essential!
Testing went well with Alex getting quicker throughout the day. The only downside is the twisty section in the middle of the circuit is not best suited to the powerful Holden.
Testing also gave us a chance to try out a different brake pad compound. Due to our races in the UK mainly being 20 minute or 20 lap sprint races the normal pads the Holden would run in Australia were just not getting worked hard enough to come up to temperature. Alex really couldn't get on with them, they were either all or nothing. Fortunately the new pads were much more to Alex's liking and made a huge difference to the way he could drive the car. They suited his driving style much better.
On to Saturday and we were out for qualifying in the morning. We decided to go out on a set of used tyres, which we knew this would cost us positions but with a fresh set of tyres for the race we could easily get these places back. Qualifying finished with us lying 17th out of 23.
Race 1 was later that day and it was looking like a dry race. With a fresh set of slicks Alex moved up the field to 7th and was quickly closing in on a 6th placed Isla Cox in the Seat Leon Super Copa, with only a few laps to go we could see a wall of rain coming in fast. This heavy shower hit the track on the second to last lap, with slick tyres and 650bhp at the rear wheels Alex had to carefully drive the Holden to the chequred flag, finishing in 7th overall and 2nd in Class A. This would have been 3rd overall, but four guests from the Saker Sports car championship were out on track with us.
Sunday we had Race 2 in the afternoon starting from 7th on the grid. Alex dropped a place on the rolling start, which caused him to drop behind the M3 of Dennis Crompton. With Dennis knowing the pace of the Holden was quicker he took a very defensive line into every corner, which was costing Alex dearly.
While Alex and Dennis were having their own battle, the very quick and light Hyabusa engined Suzuki slipped past them both. Alex eventually fought his way through and was able to show his true pace, quickly closing in on 7th place but being held up for so long behind the BMW had cost Alex too much time and he ran out of laps to improve his position. We still came away with 2nd in class and 8th overall, which would have been 4th if you take away the lighting quick Saker Sports cars.
Overall a great weekend, Alex is finding more pace in the car and we came away with two peices of silverware!
Posted: Jul 8, 2012 Return