Advantage Motorsport has returned from a very hot Clipsal 500 with their first race win for Chris Stevenson. A huge field of 37 Aussie Race Cars, which included 12 Rookies took the track in heat wave conditions. Over 4 days-the Advantage Motorsport Team had some highs-but also had to deal with some lows as well! But in true racing spirit-got in and did what was needed to get all 5 cars out for every race.
Stevenson qualified 14th-and made his way up to 8th in Race 1. An engine failure at the start of Race 2 meant that he was a DNF. In the reverse grid Race 3, he came from 19th to win the race, with fellow Team Hertz driver Craig Thompson finishing 4th-giving them the win in the Teams Trophy for the round. Stevenson’s win in Race 3 helped him to 10th for the round.
Kerran Pridmore in his first circuit race put in an excellent drive—finishing 10th in Race 2-an amazing job for his first outing. He drove well and kept his cool-avoiding several other cars that had come to grief in front of him. In Race 3 he got into the top ten until a gearbox issue dropped him back through the field. His round finish of 20th is an excellent finish for a rookie.
Leigh Bowler had issues in Qualifying-so started Race 1 from rear of grid and made his way through to 22nd. He maintained his consistency-with 22nd in Race 2, then 18th in Race 3—his first time inside the top 20. A 23rd in Race 4 gave him an overall finish of 22nd for the round.
Jeff Watters qualified 22nd and made his way to 18th in Race 1. He continued his move forward in Race 2-finishing 15th. A gearbox issue saw him not start Race 3, but he came back in Race 4 with a 20th place-giving him 23rd for the round.
Adelaide local Scott Stephenson was making his Aussie Race Car debut also and qualified 25th, with an excellent drive in Race 1 moving him to 16th. Races 2 and 3 saw him placed 20th and 21st. He finished the round a credible 24th.
With the next round at Phillip Island in just over a month-the Advantage Motorsport crew have their work cut out for them-with several cars need body repairs and engines and gearboxes need attention as well.
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