MISSION ACCOMPLISHED

In my last column, I said my aim was reward the hard-working Tekno crew with another top-ten finish at Winton.

I’m pleased to say; mission accomplished.

When we arrived on Friday, I thought we’d be racing speed boats it was so wet, but luckily it dried out for the weekend.

With a track as hard to pass on as Winton, qualifying well is vital and on Saturday we lobbed the Woodstock Tekno Commodore eighth on the grid.

We chose a different strategy to many for Saturday’s race and pitted later, which positioned us well. We looked to have fourth in the bag, until I eased off as we were low on fuel. I had to let Davy Reynolds pass then follow him across the line in fifth. It was a pleasing but frustrating result.

Sunday’s qualifying was better again and we ended up sixth and looking for an even stronger result. While our pace was good, we lost time in the pitstop and crossed the line ninth in what was promising to be so much more.

After such a tough start to the year, the past couple of rounds have seen us qualify and finish the races in the top ten which has given everyone in the team a huge boost.

I believe our car speed is a result of my engineer, Campbell Little and I gelling more and together we have unlocked some key performance aspects, so the car makes sense.

What a big weekend of motorsport we have coming up.

The 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 and the Monaco Grand Prix.

How good is Fernando Alonso? He turns up at the Indy 500 as a rookie and qualifies fifth. What a brilliant job.

But at Indy qualifying is one thing and racing is another. If he can get through the first 400 miles in the top 10 he could be in with a shot. There’s lots happening, like the evolving track conditions, constant tuning and retuning of the car, running in disturbed air in a pack. I look forward to see how he goes.

His sub at Monaco in the McLaren Honda is pretty handy too, 2009 Formula One world champion Jenson button, who knows his way around the Principality and this race always throws up a surprise, so who knows.

And don’t discount our Dan, if ever there is a track he can match it with the Ferrari and Mercedes it is here. His pole lap a year ago was phenomenal and after he was robbed of a certain victory last year, he’s been counting the days to get to Monaco for redemption.

Indy 500 qualifying didn’t go to plan for veteran Sebastian Bourdais and we all held our collective breaths, following his sickening crash into the outside wall at over 360km/h.

That he survived the 100G crash with just pelvis and hip fractures is a huge testament to the strength and integrity of the Indycar chassis. Not many years ago an accident like that would have had very different consequences.

Although Seb is out of the 500 and out for the season to recover, it has given another driver a chance to take over the seat.

And I am delighted it is my cousin James Davison.

James already has a couple of Indy 500 starts under his belt and was the perfect choice for team owner Dale Coyne, who he has driven for in the past.

After a hurried seat fitting and driving the back-up car, James has already posted about 90 laps around the 2.5-mile track and is easing himself in nicely.

While I can’t be there I’ll be cheering from the rafters.

Everyone in motorsport was devastated by the passing of 2006 MotoGP World Champion Nicky Hayden, following a collision with a car, while he was cycling in Italy.

Nicky, known as the ‘Kentucky Kid’ was a superstar and one of the most respected riders in the MotoGP paddock. He was a total professional and always had time for his legion of fans around the world.

My deepest condolences and thoughts go to Nicky’s fiancé, family and friends.
 
 

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A BIG WEEK IN MOTORSPORT
01.06.2017
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MISSION ACCOMPLISHED
25.05.2017
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CONSOLIDATING CHAMPIONSHIP CHANCES
18.05.2017
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MOMENTUM BUILDING IN THE WEST
11.05.2017
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THE RACE AGAINST THE CLOCK
20.04.2017
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TASSIE BOUND
06.04.2017
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AGP TIME
23.03.2017
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JUMPING IN THE DEEP END
09.03.2017
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THE SEASON OPENER IS HERE
01.03.2017
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2017 TEST DAY WRAP
14.02.2017
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BATHURST 12 HOUR WRAP UP
10.02.2017
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2017 AUSTRALIAN MOTOR RACING SEASON IS UPON US!
03.02.2017
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SYDNEY FINALE
09.12.2016
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PASSING IN PUKEKOHE
11.11.2016
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STACKING UP THE NUMBERS
28.10.2016
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CONQUERING THE MOUNTAIN
12.10.2016
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SUCCESS AT SANDOWN
21.09.2016
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POWERING ON TO SANDOWN
12.09.2016
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MID-SEASON
11.08.2016
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QUEENSLAND RACEWAY BLUES
27.07.2016
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TAKING ON TOWNSVILLE
18.07.2016
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THE WILD WEST
13.05.2016
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TASSIE TRIUMPH
08.04.2016
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HEADING SOUTH
31.03.2016
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WE'RE BACK
16.03.2016
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THE HOME STRETCH
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WELCOME TO BATHURST
08.10.2015
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PUSHING FORWARD IN QUEENSLAND
13.08.2015
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LESSONS FROM THE NORTH
08.07.2015
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WINTON WOES
19.05.2015
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PERTH PERFECTION
11.05.2015
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ONE YEAR LATER
15.04.2015
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ROCKY START TO THE YEAR
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