House of Travel Series Round 2 @ Paradise Valley Raceway

Another night with big fields of stockcars (NULL) for the second night of a three night series of the House of travel series and it wasn''t without drama for us before the meeting even started. We went to unload the car at the track for scrutineering and the battery lead had come loose so we jimmied it up to get the car through the check and went about sorting it properly for racing, as it turned out it isn''t in the easiest place to work on and with less than a minute to spare before our first race we made it to the grid.... phew.

 

Race 1

Starting p16 in the first race we made a good start but dropped a few positions early in the wet conditions getting pushed out wide or having to go wide to pass spun up cars. We eventually started picking up some positions and came home in 11th just outside of the top ten so no points!!

 

Race 2

Starting p3 in our second race of the night and we were after a good clean race to secure some points after missing out in the previous race. We were a bit slow off the line as the inside seems to get more water than the outside line and dropped a spot but we stayed right on the back of the second place until the last few laps where we had to pass cars on the outside loosing time and another spot to the 15r car of Paul Mabey and the man leading the series 95r Dale Stewart. Finishing 5th was ok but not quite as good a result that we were hoping for but the 6 points was better than nothing.

 

Race 3

Starting p22 in our last race of the night we needed another good result to get some points. It wasn''t a good start as we took off and someone had stopped right on the start and we crashed straight into them then received a good rear end hit as we were changing gear so by the time we found a gear and got under way again we were now in last (NULL) and a lot of work to do. We seemed to be missing all the carnage that started in this race and really picking up some positions with some good consistent laps. We came home in 5th spot from 25th and we were rapt, we don''t have the big expensive engine package but it shows with a bit of luck and some consistency we can be there or thereabouts..... Hopefully that continues on to the NZ champs here in Rotorua on the 27/28th December.

 

Next meeting is a club night here in Rotorua on the 16th Dec then it’s the big one.

 

Cheers Greg

 

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