APR: Protecnica Racing Oran Park preview

PROTECNICA PREPARED FOR PERFORMANCE RUN AROUND THE PARK Protecnica Racing's Chris Alajajian returns to the Donut King Australian Performance Car Championship this weekend, August 12-14, at Sydney's Oran Park Raceway. The Jack Hillermans Smash...

PROTECNICA PREPARED FOR PERFORMANCE RUN AROUND THE PARK

Protecnica Racing's Chris Alajajian returns to the Donut King Australian Performance Car Championship this weekend, August 12-14, at Sydney's Oran Park Raceway.

The Jack Hillermans Smash Subaru WRX STi has been in fine form to date in 2005. Alajajian scored a round win in the season opener at the Clipsal 500, and added to his race win tally in his last meeting, at Eastern Creek.

The eighteen year old Sydneysider currently sits fifth in the championship standings, having missed the previous round of the championship in Darwin while on Formula 3 duties.

Eager to get back behind the wheel of the four wheel drive turbo, Alajajian is upbeat about his prospects this weekend, racing amongst a season high 26 car entry list.

"I'm looking forward to this weekend," said Alajajian. "There will be lots of competition, but I think the team and I are in with a chance of getting some good results over the weekend.

"We have been strong in almost every run we have had this year in the series, and Oran Park is our home track. We know the circuit well and I think the team have got the right setup for the car around the track.

"Realistically, we aren't really in the hunt for the championship anymore, after missing Darwin and some bad luck at Wakefield Park. But we certainly want to be competitive at Oran Park, so we will turn up and put in all our best efforts, and hopefully have a positive weekend."

Protecnica Racing has some impressive form on the board campaigning Subaru's around the 2.62km circuit, with numerous wins to their credit. Last year, eventual GT Performance champion Justin Hemmes had an up and down weekend, quite literally.

He had a high speed roll over at the first corner during Friday practice which wrote off a car, but recovered to finish every race on the podium after some hasty work by the Protecnica team ensured a spare WRX STi was prepared in time for the very next session.

Alajajian also had a good weekend for Protecnica Racing at Oran Park last year. In the Australian Production Car Championship, he scored a win and a second place finish aboard a Subaru Liberty, also en-route to the national championship win.

"With the different specifications in the classes, the WRX is a better all round balanced car than the Liberty," says Alajajian of the differences between the two cars. "It has got more power and it is an all round is a better performing car. Being in a faster championship and running slick tyres, it can carry more speed through the corners, has better acceleration and is more settled.

"A weekend in the WRX this year like we had last year in the Liberty would be great."

The weekend continues a busy period for Alajajian and the Sydney based Protecnica squad. In July, they team contested two rounds of the Kumho Tyres Australian Formula 3 Championship. Next weekend Alajajian will be behind the wheel of the open wheeler for the round six of the Formula 3 championship at Phillip Island.

Protecnica Racing thanks the ongoing support of Jack Hillermans Smash, Elf Oil, Scuderia Veloce Motors, Nudie, Workflow Systems, Bilstein, Moody Kiddell & Partners, Heasman Steering, Disc Brakes Australia, Hawk Performance, Monza Mens Boutique, H & R Springs and APT Signs.

-www.TheChris.com.au

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