This Saturday was the final meeting of the SA state series. The weather was very hot with temperatures in the mid 30s for most of the day. Fortunately I don't have a thermometer inside the car, because I don't think I would want to know exactly how hot it was inside during races! I have been working on my fitness recently, and this helped me to cope with the heat a bit better than I expected. Fortunately it was a twilight meeting so it had cooled down a lot for our last race.
I could feel a strange vibration in the car during qualifying, like something was out of balance in the left rear corner. It felt severe enough that I decided to pull into the pits early. Craig inspected the car closely and could not find anything wrong with it. We were due for some new tyres anyway, so both rears were replaced with 'green' tyres and that fixed the problem.
Race 1 was 6 laps, and I had qualified last out of 10 competitors. I had a good battle with George Diamond and Paul Bailey and finished 9th. Race 2 was 8 laps and I started 9th and finished 7th. I really enjoyed this race because it was a close fight with Paul and George once again.
Race was scheduled to be 10 laps, but it was shortened to 8 due to time constraints. It is always fun racing at night; however, the gear shifter, which had been slightly stiff all afternoon, became almost inoperable part way through the race. I was having a lot of difficulty getting the car into and out of gear. As there are around 13-14 gear changes every lap, I lost quite a lot of time at each corner and gradually dropped further and further behind the rest of the pack. I finished 9th.
This was our final race meeting for 2007. The next event will be the Bathurst 12-hour support races at the WPS Bathurst Motoring Festival in February 2008. I am very excited to have the chance to race the saloon at Mt Panorama. We are looking for sponsors for this event, so please don't hesitate to contact us if you want to get some quality TV exposure for your business.
We would like to wish all of our friends, supporters, and competitors a very merry Christmas (or whatever holiday you choose to celebrate) and a happy new year. We look forward to racing again in 2008!