Local Improved Production driver Scott Clements drove our saloon at this meeting. I didn't really want to sit out, but Scott is a very experienced driver who was able to help us with car set-up. It was a non-points round and I had also recently had surgery, so it was a good meeting to use for a test & tune. Scott copped some stick from his IP colleagues for driving a Holden, but maybe we've converted him ;o)
Saloon cars were combined with Improved Production for this meeting. Scott qualified 14th out of 18 cars, and 3rd out of the 3 saloons. His best lap during qualifying was a 1:24.0532 - just slightly faster than my best time. During race 1 he had a couple of spins on the first lap whilst getting used to the car and the very wet track, eventually finishing 13th with a best time of 1:32.3303.
The sun came out and dried the track in time for race 2. Scott had a great result, finishing 9th with a best time of 1:23.8396. Race 3 was even better with a best lap of 1:23.2600 before the gearbox blew up with 3 laps to go.
This is the first time the car has not been able to finish, but the gearbox has done 2 1/2 years of racing so we suspected its time was nearly up! Craig will now have to build a new one in time for round 3 at Mallala on 23 - 24 August 2008. This meeting will be followed by a national round on 31 October - 2 November, also at Mallala.