Customers, cars, collisions and chaos at the Coates Hire Ipswich 400 as the Queensland Raceway saw a bit of on track excitement during Race 1 & 2 of the Dunlop Series. With Pacific Hoists playing host to another full house of guests.
New driver Brett Hobson debuted his driving skills for the first time as part of our team on the Friday practice laps, clocking a top time of 1:13.76 in practice 1. Only 2.77 seconds behind the lead around the ‘paperclip’ track.
Issues with the car during Friday afternoon hot laps, had the team up all night working to make a few adjustments before Saturday’s qualifying round. By Saturday morning everyone was suited and ready to go. Our driver Brett managed to qualify 23rd out of the 30 strong pack with a time of 1:12.7577, only 2.4113 behind the lead Cameron Waters of Team Enzed.
Saturday’s highly eventful Race 1 saw more than it’s fair share of casualties as the safety car made 3 separate appearances during the race. Watch the full race here. Early collisions in the first few laps cleared the pack of a few top runners such as Pither of Ice Break Racing and Johnson in the Wilson Security Car. Brett managed to skillfully avoid these before having to make his own grass fire exit from the field on Lap 17. Unfortunately a faulty gear box and other minor issues took him out for the rest of the race.
On Sunday the race kicked off to a powerful start as those with a DNF from Saturday’s mayhem tried to make their way back in to the top 10 pack. Brett managed to move into 18th position, which he continued to hold until the end of the race. He finished with a time of 38:49.5354, an overall great achievement for his first race of the season.
All in all it was another great weekend, with a big thanks to all customers who attended the race days, hot laps and Pit Stop Challenge with us. As always a special thanks to Heart Kids Queensland for joining us for another successful weekend.
See you all again at Bathurst!
To view all pictures from the weekend on our Facebook page click here.
To view all race results for the weekend click here.
Customer Feedback from the Townsville 500 Weekend
“On behalf of all those from BW Southern Region please accept a big “Thank You” for:
- Providing the entry to the V8’s.
- Making all who attended feel more than welcome.
- Introducing them to the crew and cars.
- Making sure they got fed.
- Sending them home with big smiles on their faces.
- Most of all for being such generous hosts”
“I would like to say thank you for the special opportunity to attend the Ipswich 400 with your Pacific Hoist team. It was an epic Sunday, and I would like to congratulate your race and support teams for their hospitality on the day. I look forward to doing business with PH in the future. ”
“Please thank you whole team we really enjoyed the day“
Rick, All Lifting
“Thank you and the team at Pacific Hoists for the great day and for the lunch.”
Steve, Winch Hire Australia