Back towards the Front for Cramp after charge through field. Steve Cramp and the CVW Manta Racing team began the long road back to the front of the Donut King Australian Performance Car Championship field today at Adelaide's Clipsal 500, ...
Back towards the Front for Cramp after charge through field.
Steve Cramp and the CVW Manta Racing team began the long road back to the front of the Donut King Australian Performance Car Championship field today at Adelaide's Clipsal 500, charging from the rear of the 25-car grid to finish today's second race in 13th position.
The result was made even more impressive by the fact that the team was forced to change an engine last night, after the team's original unit failed in the opening race yesterday afternoon after driver Steve Cramp had only completed two laps.
The team completed work on the brand new GTS at approximately 11:30 last night at the team's Adelaide workshop, to ensure Cramp would make the grid to at least leave Adelaide with some points towards the team's 2005 championship campaign.
"The team did a fantastic job to change the engine, and despite being a little bit down on horsepower compared to our original engine, the car felt fantastic in today's race," Cramp said after his charge up the order. "I made sure I took it easy for the opening lap to keep out of the dicing in the mid field, but after that we were able to make some good progress forward."
And despite the strong recovery, Cramp warned that there was much more to come from both the driver and the car in tomorrow's final race, which will complete the first of seven rounds the diverse championship will take in throughout season 2005.
"Tomorrow we really have to be on it from the get go," he said. "We are keen to leave here with as many points as possible to take some momentum into the next round of the championship at Wakefield Park, which is not a track we expect to suit our car.
"It should be interesting to watch from the outside, because there are still a lot of very good cars for us to try and get past, but I'm looking forward to going out there and giving it everything to make up some time."
The third and final race of the weekend for the Performance Car field will start at 12:20 tomorrow afternoon, making it the curtain raiser to the Clipsal 500 showdown later that afternoon.