The V8 Supercars racing season has officially ended with the Sydney 500 coming to a close last weekend as Sydney turned up the heat and the action on the Sydney Olympic Park street circuit. With the debut of our Challenger brand this month the Pacific Hoists race team had doubled with two cars in the race.
Friday kicked off with afternoon hot laps where a few lucky Pacific Hoists staff and McGrath Foundation Challenger competition winners suited up and enjoyed a lap around the track at speeds of up to 250km/h. Initial nerves were quickly forgotten and replaced with cheek hurting smiles as each had their adrenalin packed moment in the car and left with an experience they won’t forget.
Bad luck hit us in 3′s on Saturday as our first accident occurred off track and in our Challenger road car after a minor disagreement with a road sign on it’s way to the pits. Fortunately no-one was harmed and the damage was only to our front bumper.
Qualifying ran smoothly with both cars positioned in the Top 20′s and ready for Race 1, which is when things took a turn for the worse. An oil leak on the Challenger car saw both Tim and the car confined to the pit’s until it was towed away at the end of the race. Then an unlucky start for Brett, as car 23 took him out of the race with a knock to the wall at the starting line. Brett was unharmed in the accident but the car had taken quite a beating and our chances of making Sunday’s race weren’t looking good.
(Watch the footage of the crash on our Facebook page.)
Sunday arrived and thanks to our dedicated and hard working team of mechanics who had been up all night and morning running on coffee alone, we were ready for qualifying at 8:45am. Both cars were working and on the track with a new set of shocks, bonnet and front bumper for the Pacific Hoists car. So with ears all duct taped up and helmets on, the boys were ready for their final race! After qualifying towards the back of the pack both drivers managed a massive jump to 12th & 14th position, avoiding all on-track accidents and collisions which resulted in only 19 of the 23 scheduled laps for that race.
So a fantastic effort by Brett Hobson, Tim Macrow and the RSport Race Engineering Team on their work and finish that weekend. Great job guys!
Also a big thank you to the McGrath Foundation, hot lap winners, and guests who attended the weekend on their support of our team. It was a great finish to an exciting year of changes in the V8 Supercars Dunlop Series and one which will be hard to beat next year.
Until then Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!