Race Report: Round 5, 2016/2017 ACC Production Race Series, 11 February 2017, Hampton Downs
Updated: Feb 27, 2019
Weather: Fine, warm, dry.
Qualifying: Back at Hampton Downs for the first time in a little while and with a number of small upgrades on the car, we were keen to see how it would go. This excitement had to be tempered in qualifying, with the need to scrub in a set of new tyres. A number of other people ending up off the track meant a fairly dirty surface as well. We were happy to place 11th out of 25 starters.
Race 1: 8 Laps, qualifying order start.
We took off the new tyres and swapped onto an older set that had served well in the past – we knew we were faster than a few of the cars in front and didn’t want to be dealing with green rubber, and instead get on with the job of making up some places (and points) from Qualifying. It was a great race with a fastest lap of 1.16.3 being 1.5 seconds quicker than we’d gone around Hampton Downs before. There were some great battles as well and we picked up a good result.
Result: 5th overall
Race 2: 6 laps, reverse grid handicap start.
With our pace in race 1, we got dropped near the back of the grid for the first reverse grid race. Unfortunately the handicaps that were applied were quite harsh and despite having a very clean race with almost every lap being in the 1.16 range as well resetting our P.B. to a 1.16.0, we could only get up to mid-pack by the time the chequered flag dropped.
Result: 11th overall
Race 3: 10 laps, reverse grid handicap start.
With the slightly disappointing result from race 2 and another handicap race to follow, we hoped the timing would be a little more realistic and we’d have a chance to finish the day on a high. Again the car was running great and I was in the groove so hopes were high – initial progress was good, but it wasn’t to be our day. A few cars expired and parked in dangerous places, bringing out the yellow flags. A few drivers had brain fade and passed under yellow conditions, causing the race to be finished early. So again we didn’t have the time to work our way up the field.
Result: 12th overall
Whilst it wasn’t the best day in terms of results, the car is running very well and its encouraging to see our performance continually improving, so there were positives to take in to the next round.
As always, a huge ‘Thank you’ to the Hall Speed Sport team, various supporters, Motul New Zealand, Racelign Suspension, Production Race Series Coordinators and all our Facebook ‘likers’. Bring on Round 6!!