Tough day for Vines at Calder Park.
CALDER PARK, MELBOURNE VICTORIA... It was a tough day at the office for young Victorian driver Stephen Vines in todays opening round of the Victorian Motor Racing Championships at Calder Park.
After starting back in the pack for the days opening race, a six lap sprint, Vines had worked his way through the field when the Gypsum Australia V8 Cortina locked a rear brake at the end of the long Calder straight.
"We still aren't sure what exactly happened. I braked for Turn 1 and suddenly the car snapped hard into the wall." said Stephen.
Starting from position 11 in the main pointscore race, Stephen went up in a cloud of tyre smoke as the lights went out. It wasn't long though until he had begun to make his way back towards the leading pack. Then a pass on the V8 Chev Mercedes of Grant Munday went wrong and Steve went around at T1.
"He (Munday) said I spun and then he touched me but I think the touch came first" he said "Either way it was a racing incident".
As the laps ran down, Vines was again blasting through the field in search of points for this years championship before a lose in the esses at the end of the back straight dropped him back to finish 17th.
"I was just trying too hard, I was catching them up but I just went in too hard and round she went. It's a disappointing way to end a weekend that started so well." he said.
The race was eventually won by the Honda Prelude V8 of Dean Camm from the Falcon of Rod Smith and Terry Hamilton's new VS Commodore.
RESULTS Round 1 Victorian Motor Racing Championships Sport Sedans CALDER PARK
1 Dean Camm Honda Prelude - Chevrolet
2 Rod Smith Falcon EL
3 Terry Hamilton VS Commodore
4 Richard Catchlove Mazda RX 7
5 Milton Seferis Commodore VS
6 Graeme Gilliland Mazda RX 7