Welcome to Surfers Paradise on the sunny Gold Coast.
Talk about a contrast, after a 10 week break between the Townsville & Bathurst rounds, its once again full on with only a 10 day turn around between Bathurst and the Gold Coast. Things have been busy to say the least!
Practice & Qualifying
As the Gold Coast has only one practice session Charlie got his eye in early putting down the 4th fastest time, the track was very greasy as we were the first category out for the weekend.
Qualifying went okay but it could have been cleaner, 10th fastest was the best we could do with busy track conditions.
1 58 VIP Petfoods Ryal Harris (QLD) Ford Falcon XR8 5400 9 8 1:26.6643*
2 42 Ice Break Racing Chris Pither (NZL) Holden SS 6000 8 4 1:26.8709 0:00.2066
3 6 Truckline Racing Ryan Hansford (QLD) Ford Falcon XR8 5400 6 5 1:27.0170 0:00.3527
10 15 Future Assist Group Charlie O'Brien (NZL) Ford Falcon XR8 5400 9 9 1:28.0838 0:01.4195
Race 1 Saturday
Starting from position 10 Charlie kept his nose clean and brought the Falcon home in 7th position, trust me keeping out of trouble for 12 laps around Surfers Paradise is not that easy.
1 58 VIP Petfoods Ryal Harris (QLD) Ford Falcon XR8 5400 12 17:37.5265 7 1:26.8962r
2 61 Bundaberg Racing Cameron McConville (VIC) Holden SS 6000 12 17:41.0634 6 1:26.7973r
3 56 Monster Energy Nathan Pretty (VIC) Holden SS 6000 12 17:44.2913 8 1:27.0287r
Note who won again, this guy is unstoppable!
Race 2 Sunday Morning
The reverse grid gods have shone on us, as the cars that finished in the top 8 positions were reversed for the start of race 2, giving Charlie a P2 position on the grid. That’s the good news as by ¾ race distance while holding a potential podium position, we received a black flag for mechanical defect (namely oil smoke from split differential tube). Grrrr
1 58 VIP Petfoods Ryal Harris (QLD) Ford Falcon XR8 5400 14 20:36.3716 9 1:26.6065
2 42 Ice Break Racing Chris Pither (NZL) Holden SS 6000 14 20:36.6503 9 1:26.9841
3 61 Bundaberg Racing Cameron McConville (VIC) Holden SS 6000 14 20:37.2471 7 1:27.0638
Ryal Harris again!! From 8th great car speed.
Race 3 Sunday Afternoon
With the oil leak fixed we headed back to the grid for the final race of the weekend but there will be no fairy tale ending to this one as we weren’t classified as finishing in race 2 (due to black flag). We had to start in grid position 17 & due to an accident the race was shortened by several laps, which finished off any chance of getting up to the pointy end of the field. Having got all the bad stuff out of the way I must admit this was a great drive from Charlie who early on set the fastest lap from mid field, even by race end we were only a few tenths off the lap record that was set by Andrew Fisher in Saturdays race. Charlie finished the race in a credible 9th place with very little damage.
1 58 VIP Petfoods Ryal Harris (QLD) Ford Falcon XR8 5400 11 18:52.3273 3 1:26.7546
2 61 Bundaberg Racing Cameron McConville (VIC) Holden SS 6000 11 18:52.4896 7 1:26.9322
3 56 Monster Energy Nathan Pretty (VIC) Holden SS 6000 11 18:52.6730 3 1:26.5647
Couple of V8 Super Car names in the top 3 but Ryal’s Falcon still got home in P1.
Was great to see John & Mandy Wilcox (Owners Australian Transmission Components) finally get to a round, Thanks so much for your continued support.
Thanks must also go to Darren from McArthur & Associates
& also a big thanks to Future Assist Group.
Cheers - Clifton Campbell (Cliffy)