Missing the first round at Clipsal for Charlotte Poynting was a tough way to start the 2016 series and may have cost her a shot at the Ladies Trophy especially after winning all the other rounds, however from there on for the year Poynting has continued to grow and mature in the championship.
A lot of pressure was loaded onto her for the last round of the series after being selected to represent Australia in the inaugural CAMS Trans-Tasman Women’s Challenge in Race Two at Hampton Downs. Standing for New Zealand was NZV8 racer Alyssa Claperton.
Charlotte has recounted her weekend below.
“What an awesome weekend! After a stressful practice day and being well off the pace I finally found my feet for qualifying which put me off P21 for race 1! “.
“I finished race one in 16th, which meant I started off pole for race 2 for the CAMS Trans-Tasman Women’s Challenge with Alyssa starting off 2nd”.
When the cars rolled onto the grid for the challenge the two girls were lined up one-two with the rest of the field 2 grid rows back, prior to the race start Aussie Racing Cars and Hampton Downs owner Tony Quinn came onto the grid and interview the girls for the big screens and TV.
Charlotte continues, “Alyssa got a great start and I had to work my hardest in the first few laps as we battled constantly! After making a dive into turn one I managed to pull a gap and lead from there on in and winning the challenge”.
“The result from the challenge put me off 9th for race 3 the reverse grid handicap race, I managed to pass 7 cars on the opening lap and by lap three I was in the lead, and that’s where I stayed! Taking home my first ever race win”.
Poynting win was the first female to ever win an Aussie Racing Car race in its 20-year history!
“In race four I started 9th again but got stuck going the long way around a few too many crashes and spent the whole race fighting back through the field finishing in 13th. Overall I finished 10th for the weekend and had the best weekend of racing I have ever had! Bring on Pukekohe”.
At Pukekohe Charlotte will be hoping into Tony Quinns Mustang which sports the new paddle shift gear changing and fuel injection, Darren Chamberlin the owner of Charlottes car will be driving the Camaro Charlottes been driving all year. The cars hit the track on Friday just before lunch for practice and are last up Friday for qualifying with two races Saturday and Sunday.