Race Report: Round 2, 2017/2018 ACC Production Race Series, 15 October 2017, Pukekohe Park Raceway
Updated: Feb 24, 2019
Weather: Morning intermittent showers, then some wind and fine conditions. Temperature cool.
Qualifying: Following the disappointment of the round 1 crash, the car was rebuilt and ready to make up lost ground in the championship. Key to this was a good qualifying effort that would ensure a favourable starting position for the 1 hour enduro. This had to be tempered by the need to score solid points, so a fast but conservative approach was taken. The car felt good, and we decided to build up speed on a cool, low grip surface and then go for one fast lap. The strategy worked, qualifying us in 3rd out of 29 starters.
Race 1: 1 hour endurance, qualifying order start.
The sun was shining, we were sitting in 3rd on the grid – life was good. And it stayed that way when the lights went out. Thanks to Subaru AWD and the sticky Yokohama A048 tyres, we shot off the line and were challenging the two front cars. A consistent fast pace and no problems kept us there. The car in second ran into mechanical trouble which moved us up a place, and by the time we came in for our compulsory pitstop we’d moved into 1st due to a long refuelling stop for the leader. Very quick work from the team had us out 2 seconds in front of the chasing cars, and we held that position until the chequered flag.
Result: 1st Overall.
Race 2: 8 laps, grid position start based off fastest lap.
The 1 hour result was the perfect start to the day, and we’d had the car dialled back to cope with the demands of 44 flat out laps. So for race 2 we turned everything up and let her rip. Starting from 5th, due to a ‘fastest lap’ grid setting, again the AWD and Yokohama combination worked like a dream meaning we were into 3rd by the first turn. Another mechanical issue for one of the powerful front running cars resulted in another great result for race 2.
Result: 2nd Overall
Race 3: 8 laps, reverse grid handicap start
For the first of the reverse grid races, we were starting second from the back, and ended up a lap down on the cars first released by the time we got the green light. The car was going brilliantly, and proved to be super reliable, aided by top of the line MOTUL fluids. We cut through traffic quickly and without incident to bring home a solid finish.
Result: 5th Overall
Race 4: 8 laps, reverse grid handicap start
Almost a carbon copy of race three, but with the track finally starting to gain some grip as rubber was laid down from previous races, we went even quicker again. It was late in the day, but the little Subaru just kept going and almost snuck onto the podium for the third time during the meeting.
Result: 4th Overall
Huge ‘Thank you’ to the Hall Speed Sport team, various supporters, Subaru of New Zealand, Motul New Zealand, Yokohama tyres NZ, Autolign Mt Wellington, Production Race Series Coordinators and all our Facebook ‘likers’. We couldn’t have done it without their help.