Race Report: Round 3, 2017/2018 ACC Production Race Series, 9 December 2017, Pukekohe Park Raceway
Updated: Feb 24, 2019
Weather: Sunny all day, Temperature hot.
Qualifying: The Pukekohe track had recently been resurfaced prior to the V8 Supercars event and the day was very warm, leading to some competitors hoping for quick times in qualifying. Unfortunately, the resurfaced areas were melting with the heat making them very slippery and unpredictable. We had made a number of suspension changes on the car and a conservative 6th place out of 19 cars was a steady start.
Race 1: 8 Lap sprint, qualifying order start.
The day continued to get hotter by the time the first race rolled around. A great getaway saw us up to 4th into turn 1. With everyone still coming to grips with the changeable grip levels of the new tracksections, consistency and caution were in order for the first race. A good start to the day and valuable information gathered for the 3 reverse grid, handicap races.
Result: 4th Overall
Race 2: 6 laps, reverse grid handicap start.
With the result from race 1 we had been positioned almost at the back of the field and some 40 seconds behind the front cars. For our flag drop, we lined up next to a quick Porsche but again AWD proved the difference and we were ahead into turn 1. Consistently quicker lap times and no real hindrance from any of the back-markers let us get through the field well for a very good result.
Result: 2nd Overall
Race 3: 10 laps, reverse grid handicap start.
In the same order as the previous race with almost a minute handicap from the front cars, but more laps to reel them in, the car was set to maximum attack mode. Whilst simultaneously setting our fastest lap times of the day and passing everything we came across, the race couldn’t have gone better. We were in clear air out the front by lap 8 and cruised the last couple to the flag.
Result: 1st Overall
Race 4: 8 laps, reverse grid handicap start.
The temperature had dropped to tolerable levels towards the end of the day which was nice, but for the last handicap race we’d been dropped right to the back of the pack along with a potent BMW M3 that had earlier posted a lap time just over a second a lap quicker than us. Not quite convinced we’d been handicapped correctly, but unable to do too much about it, it was a case of doing our best to round
out a good day with another solid haul of points. Hanging with the M3 proved a step too far and with a longer term championship mindset, we were very happy to close out the day on the podium once more.
Result: 3rd 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.