SHANNON'S NATIONALS ROUND 1 - BATHURST, NSW 20-22 FEB 2009
marked the start of the National Series, and also our
first serious campaign in the brand new Check It Out Graphics
We arrived for the usual set-up and scrutineering on
Wednesday and Thursday, and I got a chance to walk around
the track. It's an amazing place, the sheer elevation
just doesn't come across on TV, and both Kev and myself
looked at some corners in amazement as we tried to imagine
sitting in the car driving flat noise.
Our first session was Friday morning, a 20 minute practise
session which was marred by red flags. I think I had done
3 full laps by the time Qualifying came around, and it
unfortunately showed, with a grid spot for race one of
55 cars started race 1, which was shortened to 5 laps.
I made a good start and clawed my way to 21st by the chequered
flag. Getting a good tow both up and down the mountain
was critical, and we seemed to be lacking top end speed
which wasn't helping my cause.
We made a lot of changes over night with the help of
Alan and Graham from GAC, who had made the trip out from
England to be a part of our team.
The changes showed, and in race 2 I was 4 seconds a lap
faster and finished 18th. We were still struggling on
the run from Forest Elbow to the Chase and anything I
made up over the top, I lost in the run down the mountain.
I got another good start in race 3 and made up another
3 spots in the first 2 corners. The race was then red
flagged on lap 2 due to a fire alarm in pit lane. We elected
to withdraw from the rescheduled 3 lap race, due to our
lack of top end speed and the importance of next weekend's
testing and race meeting at Mallala with the GAC team.
All up, I'm happy with the progress we made over the
weekend, but obviously disappointed with the results.
We are testing with Alan and Graham from GAC at Mallala
this coming Friday with the aim of sorting out the suspension
on the car, and after the race we will continue our engine
development program before heading to Winton for the second
Thankyou to Alan, Graham and Kate for coming over to
be a part of our team, Kev Hill and Leon Gagliardi, Tom
Sherwin, and Mum and Dad for all their support.
Asher Johnston Racing would like to thank the continued
support of Kevin Hill, Leon Gagliardi, Alan Woodward and
GAC and the AJR Sponsors including Cartek, Duplex IT,
Wayne Richards Auto, Bridge Crash, Exhaust Technology
and Taylor made Branding.