Stephen Vines VMRC Sandown race report

Vines' voodoo strikes at Sandown. Sunday, 19 May 2002 Sandown International Raceway, Melbourne, Australia: The Sandown Voodoo that has cursed Stephen Vines Racing, struck again today when the Pirotta Racing V8 Cortina suffered a suspension...

Vines' voodoo strikes at Sandown.

Sunday, 19 May 2002 Sandown International Raceway, Melbourne, Australia:
The Sandown Voodoo that has cursed Stephen Vines Racing, struck again today when the Pirotta Racing V8 Cortina suffered a suspension failure two laps from home during Round Two of the Victorian Motor Racing Championships.

Vines was closing on third placed competitor Dean Camm's Honda-Chev when the Cortina broke a right hand rear rose joint coming on to the main straight.

"I was lining up Dean out of the slow left hander onto the main straight when I heard a large bang at the rear of the car" he said. "The car felt very vague all of a sudden and I backed off straight away"

Vines was most disappointed with the failure as the car had been running well in the damp conditions. He cruised around for the final two laps eventually finishing in 20th place.

Despite the problem, it was an encouraging weekend for the small Springvale team with the Cortina benefiting from the help of Ford V8supercar star Glenn Seton.

"The advice and assistance that Glenn has given us has been invaluable" said Steve. " We had heaps of grip out of the corners, the car turned in better than it ever has and I could pull moves that I just couldn't make before." The team also received valuable advice from eventual race winner Chris Muscatt and substantial changes will be made to the car after the next round at Phillip Island on June 8 and 9.

"We're going to cut the inner guards out so that we can lower the car a bit more. The engine is giving plenty of power so handling is now the priority" Stephen said.

The team are confident that the bright yellow Cortina will be more suited to the fast and free flowing Phillip Island track in a few weeks and they'll be hoping that the recent bout of bad luck stays away long enough to get them back in this year's Championship hunt.

-svr-

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