MUSCAT SECURES PODIUM AT SANDOWN
Hi All, Another big and busy weekend at Sandown, This weekend was all about getting the championship back on track, After one of the worst weekends of my career at Sydney last round I was eager to put that behind me and hopefully get back to how we were at Phillip Island and Townsville.
Practice was all about laps, Sandown is a place where you need to build up speed as it can bite you if you push too early, from practice 1 to practice 2 we made a change to the car to help it turn better into the corner and it worked, the car felt better straight away and we went to position 1 for most of the session until we got pipped with 5 minutes to go but position 2 was still very strong and a confidence boost.
Our best qualifying of the year, P3 was great, the car was working well and I was feeling comfortable driving at that pace, it was even more of a confidence boost that our practice pace translated to qualifying and I knew we always have strong pace in the race so I was looking forward to get racing started.
Race 1 : P3
It nearly was Sydney all over again, I bogged the car down on the start line and lost a position to Russell coming out of the 1st corner in P4, I had a battle with Baird going into turn 2 and held my position, then it was head down to catch the top 3, lap 8 I got passed Russell at the bottom of Dandenong road, I thought that was my best opportunity to pass and got it done cleanly, I caught the leaders marginally but the gap was to big, I crossed the line in p3 two seconds of the leader.
Race 2: P3
A much more “normal” race, I had a good start and held my position, matching the leader for pace until lap 7 where I was losing about a tenth to 2 tenths a lap, it was so little so it made it a little frustrating but it was still very good and positive to finish another strong 3rdwith the next car 6 seconds behind.
Race 3: P3
Much of the same race as the previous two, had a solid start and held P3 for the whole race, again I stayed with the leader for a 3rd of the race, then my right side tyres started to get away from me so I just drove it to get home to the finish, yes again in position3.
It was a strong weekend for us and great to be on the podium again, we showed great pace and we are back to 5th in the championship, I cant thank Team BRM enough after a tough Round 4 the boys had heaps of work to do to get the car ready for Sandown, The next round is at Bathurst is a track that requires respect, confidence, a good balance and “big balls”. Hopefully it will be another strong round for us and we can further improve our Championship position.