CALDER PARK, MELBOURNE AUSTRALIA:...It was a mixed day for young Melbourne Sport Sedan racer Stephen Vines in Round One of the Victorian Motor Racing Championship (VMRC) at Calder Park. After qualifying 4th on a wet track Vines blasted away from the start to grab an early second place behind Chris Muscat's triple rotor RX7.
"The Commodore of Hamilton got past me on the straight with sheer horsepower but I settled in to third ahead of a dicing pack that included the Falcon of Rod Smith, Dean Camm's V8 Honda Prelude and the RX7s of Richard Catchlove and Luke McPherson." said Stephen.
With a podium finish in sight, The Gypsum Australia V8 Cortina got caught up with a slower car at T2 and Vines spun to avoid an accident which dropped him back to tenth.
"It was just one of those things" he said "The guys at the back pay their entry fee like all of us and sometimes the traffic works for you, sometimes it goes against you.I don't blame him." Vines will start from the 10th position for Sunday mornings first six lap race but he is confident that he can work his way through the field to get a top four starting position for tomorrows 10 lap pointscore race.
"It's a bit unfortunate to undo all that good work in qualifying but every race and every mistake you learn a bit more so for the long term we're still pretty happy" he said. Over 300 cars have entered for the VMRC at Calder Park just North West of Melbourne. Admission to the event is free.