V8 Winton 360
The weekend began on Friday morning very cold and wet, with a slight drizzle, making the track slippery for the two Dunlop Series practice sessions that day. Out of the two sessions the drivers only managed four full timed laps as the safety car was on the track more often than the cars.
By afternoon the weather started to improve and the rain stopped just in time for the afternoon hot laps. Our first passenger, usually a happy go lucky sort of a fellow, had a face of fear in anticipation of being a passenger in a V8 Supercar. Once his lap was over the fear was replaced with a smile as he told us it was one of the best things he’d ever done. Our second lucky passenger was all smiles as he got into the car with Nandi and all excited fist pumps as he got out on the track. Our final passenger of the day was by far the most excited of the three and thoroughly enjoyed the experience as much as he’d imagined he would. All three thanked Nandi for the ride of their lives.
Saturday arrived with fantastic weather as customers were shown to the paddock where Nandi and his team prepped for qualifying laps. A few customers were led to the pits during qualifying and were able to see the race from the teams perspective, making the experience all that more memorable. After the first lap everyone got together for a meet and greet with Nandi and given the chance to get a closer look at the car and sit in the driver’s seat for photos. The team were asked quite a few questions about the car and racing in general by the customers who found Nandi and his team very approachable and easy to talk too.
This was followed by a BBQ lunch which was prepared by the PH Team and enjoyed by all our hungry customers as they took in the view from the support garage. The first race kicked off just before 3pm; Nandi managed to move up a few positions in this race and was looking great until he was bumped off the track by another driver, which resulted in a DNF for the first Saturday race. On returning back to the paddock, everyone got a first-hand view of the cleanup and repairs the team made to the car and few customers were even happy to get their hands dirty and help. Race 1 proved to be unlucky for a fair few participants after an opening lap mishap which was the start of an exciting Dunlop Series race unfold at the Winton 360. Championship leader Dale Wood got a huge jump off the start as chaos ensued behind. Several cars, including Taz Douglas, Adam Wallis and Andre Heimgartner were involved in the incident, which Chris Pither was handed a penalty for. But it was Casey Stoner who came off worst as his Red Bull Racing Australia Commodore had to be towed back to pit lane. Late in the race others found the mud, but Wood kept control and steered home to take the win and a nice haul of points toward his Championship. In behind were pole sitter Jack Perkins and Friday’s quickest Andrew Jones. The second race will be a reverse grid for the top 10 – meaning Luke Youlden (10th and Geoff Emery (ninth) will begin on the front row. Click here for Race 1 results.
Sunday’s turned out to be an overcast day with the rain managing to stay away for most of the day. Race 2 for the Dunlop Series started at 10am and after Saturday’s disappointing race, Nandi was determined to finish; which he did in 33rd position with a time of 18:17.2554. Geoff Emery has won the race, ahead of Drew Russell and Luke Youlden. The race was a reverse top 10, meaning Youlden started on ARMOR ALL Pole Position, but a poor start saw him lose several positions off the starting line. It was ultimately a clean run for the series, all 12 laps of the race running without Safety Car intervention, though Paul Morris flexed his muscles to edge past Nick McBride early on. Casey Stoner started on the last row of the 34 car grid after more hard luck Saturday, but managed a good run to eventually finish 22nd. Championship leader Dale Wood started 10th and edged his way through the top of the field to finish fifth, giving him pole for Sunday afternoon’s final Dunlop Series race. Jack Perkins – who scored pole for Saturday’s race and will pair up with Fujitsu Racing GRM’s Scott McLaughlin for the PIRTEK Enduro Cup – starts alongside Wood on the front row. Click here for Race 2 results
Sunday’s meet & greet followed which went down extremely well as all customers were made to feel as though they were part of the team and get some one on one time with Nandi to ask a few questions. Lunch followed as everyone relaxed around the bbq which had been prepared by the team and chatted over the day’s events. Once this finished, the car went through its final checks before the start of Race 3. Nandi placed 29th in a higher position from the previous race with a time of 18:20.5717. Race 3 turned out the be a carbon copy of the start from the earlier V8 Supercars race. ARMOR ALL Pole Position sitter GB Galvanising/Wilson Security’s Dale Wood was slow off the line, Jack Perkins alongside getting the jump. And four cars into turn one did not go, as Cameron Waters and Geoff Emery fired off the track. Waters launched into the air, mud and water flying, before rejoining after turn two, but managed to finish in 11th. This time the action played into Casey Stoner’s hands – a great start meant the former MotoGP Champion went from 30th on the grid to 18th and eventually finished 16th at the end of the 12-lap race. Perkins led from start to finish, Wood holding second and Andrew Jones – who set the fastest lap of the race, a 1min25.3568sec – was third. Wood wins the round having accumulated 266 Championship points, with Perkins and Jones also making it onto the podium for overall results. Click here for Race 3 results.
And that was another race weekend for the Pacific Hoists & Nandi Kiss Race Team!
Point Standing Race 5 of 7: 33rd with 129 points
FEEDBACK FROM ATTENDEES AT WINTON 360
“Thanks again for a really top day at Winton yesterday, we had a great time. Friday as well was a huge blast. Once I was in the seat for the Hot Lap, it was like skiing down the double diamond black run “Extreme Couloir” at Whistler Blackcomb……simply exhilarating. A big thanks to everyone involved in making that happen for us.”
“Thank you so much for the invite to attend the V8’s at Winton Aug 2013. My Brother and I had a fantastic time; we were made to feel very welcome and really felt like part of the team which gave us a great insight into a V8 Supercar garage and all the work involved in keeping one of these cars on the track. A Big thank you to Richard, Nandi and his team for the awesome Hot Laps around the track. As huge V8 fans, this is something that we have both have wanted to do but never had the opportunity, our expectations of the ride were met far and beyond.”
“A quick note to say a big thank-you to all for our day at Winton on Saturday. We had the time of our lives hanging with the team and enjoying everything that Winton had to offer. It was a privilege to spend the day with Nandi and the crew, we loved talking with them all and watching the car on the track. Thanks to our great hosts we were well looked after and hope to join you all again in the future sometime! A huge cheers to Pacific Hoists and a brilliant day!!”
“Just wanted to say thanks for having us Sunday. Was a fantastic day, we really enjoyed ourselves and haven’t had so much fun in ages. It was a real great experience and I hope to come again sometime!”