Race Report: Round 5, 2018/2019 ACC Production Race Series, 3 March 2019, Pukekohe Park Raceway
Conditions: Hot. Dry.
Qualifying: Another hot race day, this time at Pukekohe Park Raceway with the full back straight circuit layout being run. We qualified 7th out of the 26 car field as we bedded in our new Winmax by Paddon Rallysport Brake pads. The track was very green and being the first group of cars out for the day no one was hitting fast times. We also knew we’d be able to make some good progress off the start line, so 7th was acceptable.
Race 1 (8 Lap sprint, qualifying order start): The day was getting hotter and the track was starting to gain some grip as we lined up for the first sprint race of the day. As we’d hoped, the Yokohama’s hooked up off the line and halfway through the first lap we’d climbed into second place!! It was the position we’d hold onto until the chequered flag came down, but a penalty was awarded to the car in front due to a jump start – the perfect start to the day!
Result: 1st Overall.
Race 2 (1 hour endurance race, qualifying order start): The endurance race would define the day – as it usually does. It breaks cars that aren’t quite on song and pushes drivers to their limits physically. There are no cool suits and physio’s making sure we are as comfortable as possible – its just a matter of going as quick as you can for a solid hour. In this case, around one of the country's most physical, bumpy circuits in the midday heat. We dialed back the engine to help it with the job ahead and conserve fuel as much as possible, then set to work. Another good start saw us into 2nd place and able to pull a little gap while the pack sorted themselves out.
We were quickly into a groove and consistent 1.08’s were the order of the day with a few quicker laps thrown in for good measure. There were a couple of cars that wouldn’t require fueling which meant we had to gain the advantage we needed on track. The car was faultless and ran like clockwork with the help of the Motul fluids on board – good enough to punch out 51 laps over the race distance. It all came together perfectly and our endurance series record of winning every 1 hour race we finish lives on.
Result: 1st Overall
Race 3 (8 laps, reverse grid handicap start): After recovering from the 1 hour race (the driver, not the car – it was fine…), it was time to pull on the helmet again and see if we could finish the perfect day – 3 wins from 3 starts. It was going to be tough as we’d set the fastest lap of the day which relegated us to the back of the grid… didn’t stop us from having a go though! With the day a bit cooler and the engine turned up the car was flying down that long back straight at something over 240km/h and the new brake pads were epically good, hauling the car up time after time. It wasn’t quite to be though. Oh for another lap….
Result: 3rd Overall
With one more round to go and our name sitting at the top of the Production Race series and Endurance points tables, we are closing in on defending our titles. Big thanks to the Prime Speed Sport team, various supporters, Motul New Zealand, Yokohama Tyres NZ, Paddon Rallysport, Autolign Mt Wellington, Production Race Series Coordinators and all our Facebook followers. See you at Hampton Downs on the 14th of April for the final round of the season.
Thanks to Dave at Autostore for these awesome photos.