Harley Haber’s first outing in the new CEJN Mustang has strongly pointed at him being a contender for the Rookie standings for 2016 and even the outright championship when he banks a few more points.
“I felt really comfortable in the car this weekend, it’s like chalk and cheese with the old Falcon I was running last year. The drivers this year have all stepped up and that’s what I’m doing with the CEJN Mustang, its tough but I can see myself at the pointy end at every round. I’m working very hard to keep the car up the front; we’ve set tough goals for ourselves as a team” said Haber after the Clipsal Round.
Harley was 10th fastest in the first practice on Thursday and Qualifying a few hours later he was still holding tenth on the grid. However, race one put pay to a top 10 for the weekend when he broke a drive shaft off the line and had to be pushed into the pits. Race two was a better event, starting from the rear of the field Haber managed to get the CEJN Mustang up to 14th. Saturday’s Race 3 was a mixed up reverse grid staggered start race, but Harley managed to avoid most of the carnage and fought his way to his best Aussie Racing Car finish 3rd spot on the podium. The final race on Sunday was another tough affair, Harley came through the shortened race to finish 12.
Overall for the weekend Harley finished 11th and is currently 2nd in the Rookie Championships, just a single point behind Luke Fraser. “I really want to thank all my sponsors and my dad Anthony, without your support none of this year would be possible, I’m looking to put the CEJN Mustang on the front row at Phillip Island in a months’ time” said Haber.
Round Two of the Aussie Racing Cars Championship is at Phillip Island April 11-15.