The 26th of May found us at our home circuit Brands Hatch with the QMN Saloon Championship, which is our first time out with the series this year.
Qualifying was to take place on a wet circuit but after a sucessful test session earlier on in the month on a rain soaked Brands, we were quietly confident we could be near the front, as we had finally tamed the rear wheel drive beast in the wet. (previoulsy any sign of water and it would try to throw Alex into the closest barrier)
Alex hit the circuit trying to find space to set a quick lap amoungst the 32 car strong grid. On lap 9 Alex post his fastest lap, which was good enough to net him 3rd place on the grid for the first race, only 1.2 seconds off the pole time of Rob Birley in his big BHP 4wd Escort WRC racer.
In the hours leading up to the first race the track was starting to dry out and come race time it was dry enough for slicks. From 3rd place on the grid Alex got a great start and bravely went to the outside into Padock hill to nab 2nd place. This is where Alex would stay for the rest of the race as the 4wd Escort was able to pull away due to putting its power down much earlier out of the tight corners.
The gap between the end of race 1 and the start of race 2 brought us nothing but rain, rain and for good measure abit more rain. Starting from second on an absolutey soaking wet track with lots of standing water we knew we wouldn't be able to get ahead of Rod in his WRC Escort, so it was just a fight to stay facing the right way and try and hold our second place. Alex done well to keep the V8 Supercar on track and ahead of the rest of the field in awful conditions that were really not big power RWD friendly. We finished the day with another good 2nd place.
Next stop, Thunder Saloons at Silverstone, a circuit a little more suited to the Holden.
Posted: Jun 1, 2014 Back