Taupo turned on warm and mostly sunny weather for the weekend. We arrived to find a fuel leak had developed in the tank, so set about getting the tank out of the car and repaired in time for practice on Friday. We were going by 10.30am and headed out to re-learn the track, given it is 4 years since I last raced there and the car had never been there before. By Friday mid afternoon we were reasonably happy with car set up and called it a day.
Saturday was a busy one – Official Practice, followed by Qualifying, and 2 races. We managed to qualify the car fastest and set a new category lap record in doing so, so were on pole for the first race. Managed a good start and led the race out with Rob Berggren and Daniel Slater chasing hard. By lap 5 the tyre pressures had built up too much and we lost grip so rather than take the risk of putting the car in the wall I backed off a little and watched Rob quietly catch me but held him off to the chequered flag. Race 2 was a handicap race with us starting in pit lane with a 2m 10 sec handicap – an impossible task – mathematically impossible to catch much of the field. The Series really do need to have a look at the handicap model. Anyway, a good race chasing down Rob with the class win going to Dan Slater.
The last race was on Sunday morning, starting on pole. Too much wheel spin by me on the flag drop let Rob Berggren get a nose in front but we managed to take the lead position in the first lap with Rob right on my tail – a great little battle that we managed to prevail in, giving us the race win and the overall win for the weekend. The car ran faultlessly all weekend.
Next round in 2 weeks at Hampton Downs at the TRS meeting.