Wood’s Darwin Wrap Up

Well Darwin just wasn’t quite the round we we’re hoping for but maybe we’ve been having it all a little too good prior to this so we certainly got put back in our place and have our work cut for us moving forward.

Both practices on Friday we finished up in P3 but I had a real feeling things weren’t as pretty as they might have been looking. The car was very tough and quite knife edge like to drive. Getting a decent lap time out of it was proving to be hard work and had a couple of close calls in trying to get it to go fast enough. Generally speaking I think the car responds well to small changes and is easy to give feed-back nut that wasn’t the case at all for a lot of the weekend which says as a team we’re missing something quite fundamental in getting the car into a good setup window. Now that the weekend is done this may have been something like tyre pressures..

Anyhow enough of the boring stuff, qualifying seemed to start off surprisingly well and prior to a red flag roughly half way through the session we had P1. The field then rolled out for the second half of the session on another set of new tyres and I just couldn’t improve on my first time I set. So at the end of the session we dropped quite a lot and finished up in P7, quite a step back from what I had been enjoying at previous rounds.

Race 1, I got a really good start and by the end of the first lap I was in 4th, this unfortunately didn’t last all that long as my car started to fade very quickly and by lap 4 of the 18 lap race it was a real hand full again. I dropped back to 6th but then as the race went on I was able to gain from Nick McBride’s mistake and finished up 5th. Back to the drawing board on working how to make her fast again.

Race 2, we started off 5th, got another ripper start but unfortunately just clipped David Walls back wheel who had stalled off P1 and did quite a lot of damage to our previously un-scathed Green rocket. The right front wheel and all suspension arms got torn away from the chassis, tearing brakes lines, sensor wires etc and damaged the front guard. The boys from Sonic went hard for two hours and I added the final touches of Green and stickers and just made the dummy grid for the next race.

Race 3, I started off last (24th). Got a blinder start and picked up 5 spots before arriving at turn 1. I got another couple over the next lap but then threw 4 places away when I stupidly went a bit deep and off line into turn 1, most importantly this let David Wall though who I was never able to recover back. By lap 12 or so I felt we were back in the same trouble with the car we had been in on previous races and it was very difficult to drive and attack with. This made every passing attempt like trying to open a bag of peanuts on a trampoline…..Tense…

A late safety car bunched the pack up and we made a couple more spots and almost got caught up with my brother at the hairpin. By the end we finished up 6th. An ok recovery but not good enough.

We have dropped a little in the championship but nothing too bad. Head down bum up for the next few rounds and I think we’ll recover it back.

As always thanks for all the support and making this possible.

Regards,
Dale

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