Team takes positives from Puke 'war'
19/4/2005 14:12 (Press Release) -
Team Dynamik’s Simon Wills survived the “war” to take home some positives after a weekend of vigourous V8 Supercar racing at the V8 Placemakers International in New Zealand.
The #44 VZ Commodore was in the thick of midpack dueling throughout the three-race weekend from April 15-17, suffering several knocks but pressing on.
Race 1 had ended prematurely after 27 laps due to a power steering issue putting Wills into 30th position.
Highlight of the weekend for the Team was race 2, 50 laps of panel-rubbing action which saw Wills move up from 30th to 17th position.
“It was a bit like war out there in race 2 … we were bouncing off everyone. I think I must have been hit five or six times in a few laps.”
Wills managed to avoid major carnage and bring the VZ, sporting Autobarn livery for this Round, into a creditable 17th position.
Unfortunately the bash and barge of Race 2 may have contributed to the disappointing end to Race 3, Wills believed.
“We think a header pipe had been slightly damaged during all the action and then once we were onto the first lap of Race 3 the header pipe came loose.
“It was running really rough – a bit like running on seven cylinders. The crew tried to get the problem sorted but weren’t able to so we had to withdraw after 15 laps,” he said.
Holden’s Greg Murphy once again made the Pukekohe round his own, finishing first in all three races to dominate the weekend, from the Fords of Russell Ingall and Marcos Ambrose.
Team Dynamik now looks forward to Round 3 at Perth’s Barbagallo Raceway from May 6 to 8.
Release Date: 17/04/2005