Advantage Motorsport made another Overseas Journey for the 2nd round of the Aussie Racing Car Championship—this time to Tasmania.
A field of 27 cars made the trip across Bass Straight to a track that suited the pocket rockets well.
Was a wet affair-with Chris Stevenson revelling in the conditions and topping the timesheet in first practice and 5th fastest in 2nd practice. Jeff Watters posted an 11th and 14th.
Unfortunately for Stevenson, Saturday dawned clear and dry-and qualifying was a very close affair-Stevenson 13th and Watters 15th in a field that from 5th to 13th was covered by less than a second.
Watters had some spirited battles-losing and gaining places over the race to finish in 15th where he started. Stevenson made up one spot on the first lap. He noticed a bit of a draft at the end of the second lap-and was surprised to see his RH door was missing-the hinges had let go and it had flown off!. He made up several more places to be 10th but in a battle with Kent Quinn, he side swiped the wall in the hairpin and despite a bent control arm-managed to hold on and finish 11th.
Watters continued his battles-losing and gaining places throughout the race to finish 16th. Stevenson had to make an unscheduled pass through pitlane after the warmup lap and started the race from the pitlane. In an epic drive, he passed more than half the field to finish in 12th place-and had a great time doing it!
This was a reverse grid-handicap race-always a lot of fun. Stevenson started in 13th-at the rear of the 2nd group of cars-the first group had a 5 second head start. He had made up 5 places by the end of the first lap, then steadily moved forward to finish in 3rd. Watters started in 9th and again had some good battles-but the fastest drivers from the rear of the grid overtook him in the dying laps and he finished 14th.
The grid for race 4 is determined by the combined points for the round-so Stevenson was off 6th and Watters off 15th. Watters struggled as he had lost 2nd gear-but he soldiered on to finish 21st-giving him 17th for the round. Stevenson held off Series owner Tony Quinn for 3 laps –but lost 2 places and finished 8th-a round finish of 7th.
The good weekend for Stevenson has elevated him to 5th in the championship-his best result in more than 2 years of Aussie Racing Cars.
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The New Zealand round will be telecast on OneHD on April 18.
The team will travel to Darwin in June for round 3.