The open practice session in the morning ran really well and I had some fun runs with mates and the car seemed to be performing well.. I did notice some vagueness in the steering at this point but more on that later.
Onto the top 16 it turns out I was going to be up against a friend of mine, Luke Robinson, I knew that he would not hold back and battle as hard as he could. On my lead run coming onto the main straight I had some slight misfiring and cutting which gave Robbo the slight edge however on the chase run I was able to regain that and come away with the win.
In the top 8 battle i was paired with Leigh Pidwell who was driving really well so I knew I had a fight on my hands. Again, on my lead run coming onto the straight I had missfire/cutting issues which caused Leigh to hit my rear slightly, we both kept going and on the chase lap I worked extra hard to stay close to leigh and it paid off as I was put through the top 4.
Remember that vague steering I mentioned... well earlier on we diagnosed it to be the steering rack bushes totally gone. the rack was moving side to side a good 10cm when turning the wheel. This meant that instead of the front wheels turning the rack was moving and it was horrible! in the limited time we had we tried using some massive cable ties and trying to hold the rack in place, Good mate and all round team mechanic Brad got the fun job of this and using a good half a pack of cable ties it seemed like it was going to work. however after doing one lap half of the ties had broken off and the rack was back to its sloppy ways....dealing with it was all I could do.
In the top 4 iIwas up against Jarrad Klingberg in his well sorted KE70 wagon, After some dodgy steering and cutting issues I wasnt able to do enough to take the win but it sure was a close one!
Battle for 3rd and 4th was much the same.. the car seemed to be getting worse and worse with some really dodgy handling going on I was up against Tarqin Van Rouen and i knew I had lost the battle 3rd corner, annoyed with the car I did an all out entry into turn 1.
Congrats to the Podium winners. was fun driving in the battles!
Massive thanks once again to my sponsors/supporters, AM Performance, Garage 7, Luke Terbeeke Media, Origin and Unique Communications