Major difficulties with the car since its original Clipsal collision at the start of the season, have continued to mark the car’s performance firstly at Perth and now at Winton. This despite the team working overtime to try and pinpoint the source of the problems.
There was plenty of action on the 3km track in the opening rounds as driver Brett Hobson narrowly avoided an early track scuffle in the qualifying race. Early issues with turning during Race 1 on Saturday were making it difficult to keep control of the car. Brett did manage to finish in 22nd position with a race time of 28:3:5045.
A slow start to race 2 and with steering issues worsening, the Challenger car dropped back to 23rd, running lap times between 1:28 and 1:30. The team worked hard to tune and change the car with the hope to deliver a change in Race 3.
Sunday’s final race watched the car climb from the bottom of the pack to 21st, 20th and then move into 17th position. Unfortunately our luck was short lived as an earlier knock to the rear of the car had us black flagged and sent to the pit for a loose undertray. This immediately placed us last in a 26 strong pack and unable to make up this huge gap.
Overall it was a bittersweet end to the Winton race weekend as the team now finally will have the time they need to pull the car apart before the next race of the series in Townsville on the 10th – 12th July.
As always a big thank-you to everyone involved over the weekend including our guests, the RSport Race Engineering Team, our driver Brett and to the town of Winton for putting on such perfect weather. See you all again in Townsville!
Race 1: 22nd
Race 2: 23rd
Race 3: 26th