Simpson / Avalon Wrap Up...
MVB Racing posted Wednesday March 23, 2011.
Team MVB headed to Simpson Speedway on March 12th knowing that Mike enjoys racing at the venue and with it being “The great southern showdown” and a quality field assembled, it was sure to be good racing!
Mike had drawn somewhat different heat starts! Normally the Action Alliance maxim draws middle heat starts but tonight MVB had drawn a front and rear start! “Most of the time I get like a fourth position draw, then a fifth or sixth in our second heat. A front row start will be good for a change! And I will try and move up for the second heat.”
In Mike’s first heat he powered the Action Alliance maxim around the ups and downs and the tight hairpin turn of Simpson to record a good win.
In the second heat starting out of ninth place Mike needed to make up ground fast and that is exactly what happened. Mike finished in a great third place!
These heat results placed Mike as top points scorer of the night and the team knew it was going to be make or break in the top six time trial. This is where Mikes night was not the best. “We went out for our time trial and didn’t go very good at all. I overdrove the car and pushed too hard!” As a result of the poor time trial, MVB had placed the action alliance maxim in sixth place for the feature race. Obviously still a good starting spot, but not on the front row that the team hoped for.
It was a trying race in the feature for all the drivers as Simpson is hard to pass once it slicks off. Mike had moved up to fifth until he was passed and dropped back to seventh place. By the end of the race he had brought the car home in sixth place. “We were on the ball early in the night and even had good pace in the feature, but that time trial deal really hurt us tonight”
With his sixth place for the night it has team MVB sitting in seventh place for the S.R.A. Eureka series with only a few rounds to go.
On to Sunday
Team MVB spent the night at Geelong where they washed and prepared the car ready for the all-important night two of the great southern showdown of which also was the next round of the series and the Victorian title! Mike had pulled into Avalon Raceway early morning and the team were enjoying the nice weather. That was until mid-afternoon when the clouds rolled in and it started raining heavily! With the pit area and track very wet there was a lot of discussion as to what would happen with the nights racing. By the time the officials had made a decision to drop the event as a series round and the Victorian title the Avalon track team had pumped water from the track but along with many other teams, MVB wasn’t happy with the safety of the track and decided to park the Action Alliance v6 maxim for the night. “Well done to the teams that did run and to Avalon raceway for putting the show on, but we just felt uncomfortable with the track conditions and some safety aspects”.
Team MVB now are fully focused on returning to Premier Speedway this Saturday night for the final round of the S.R.A series
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