This was the final round of the Shannons Nationals for 2012. We had a big field of 26 cars in total, with 4 in Trophy class.
Qualifying went ok and I was 21st overall, 1st in class. Saturday was very warm and humid so the conditions were fairly trying but everything came together in race 1. I got a good start and gained a few positions on the first lap. I was able to keep a few of the late model cars between myself and the next Trophy class competitor for most of the race. I finished 18th overall.
Race 2 also went well with another good start. I made up 2 spots on lap 1 before the safety car made an appearance. When we resumed a lap later I briefly got into 15th before going back to 16th where I finished, again 1st in class.
For race 3 I was determined to make it a clean sweep, but things didn't go quite as well. A stalled car on my side of the grid meant that the cars in the left lane got a better start. I then got caught up in a traffic jam going into turn 4 and one of the other Trophy class cars got the jump onto the back straight. I spent the rest of the race trying to catch him but couldn't quite do it before the chequered flag and finished 19th.
We are very happy to be bringing home two trophies - 1st place for the round and the big one, Trophy Class series champion for 2012. Big thanks to our sponsors Walkom Automotive, Frank Walsh Drilling, Kubota & L K Diesel. We are also very grateful to all our friends & family who have helped us get this far.
Thanks for your support and we'll see you at the track in 2013!