DEXION RACING'S TONY EVANGELOU FIGHTS BACK TO SCORE BATHURST TOP TEN
Dexion Racing's Tony Evangelou has produced a remarkable fightback from early adversity to finish inside the Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series Top Ten at Mount Panorama, Bathurst, this weekend.
Evangelou charged his Dexion BA Falcon V8 Supercar from the rear of the grid in today's second race to an eventual 9th place finish, after he was relegated to 32nd in a tough 14-lap affair yesterday.
Today's strong result capped off a competitive -- if unlucky -- weekend for the Dexion team after showing competitive pace throughout the entire Bathurst weekend.
Evangelou was fourth overall on combined times from Thursday's two practice sessions, his best lap of 2m12.2963s just over a second from the benchmark set by the leading Perkins Commodore, but less than four tenths behind championship points leader Adam Macrow's similar Falcon.
An improvement to a 2m11.1583 in Friday's sole, 40-minute qualifying session was not enough to leap further up the order -- Evangelou starting 12th for race one but poised to strike at the leading group with his clear pace shown throughout the weekend prior to the first event.
"We probably missed getting the most out of our green Tyres by about a lap," Evangelou explained.
"After being in the top four or five throughout practice we would have liked to be higher but honestly we weren't that concerned -- I knew the car had good speed and that we would be able to come through."
The first 14-lap event was held that afternoon and saw the Dexion Falcon settle into 10th place at the conclusion of the opening lap.
However, contact with David Clark into the cutting saw the Dexion Falcon spun around and stranded pointing at the apex of the corner, unable to resume thanks to the tight nature of the circuit at that location.
With the safety car on circuit, Evangelou was able to re-fire the car but lost a full lap in the process, eventually classified in 32nd position when the race was red-flagged at the end of lap 11 due to the horrific incident at the top of the mountain involving Clark and Mark Porter.
"It was disappointing that we got touched on the restart," Evangelou said.
"Unfortunately that is a particularly tight point of the circuit and I wasn't able to get the car turned around. Then the heat sink set in and I couldn't fire the car. When I got it going we had lost the lap and had to just bring it home to the finish."
Looking to make up for the tough opening race, a fired-up Evangelou scythed his way through the pack in today's second race, making up an astonishing 9 positions on just the opening lap.
By the conclusion of lap two he was 19th, then 16th by the time another lap of the 6.213km circuit was completed.
A safety car early in the race consolidated the Dexion Racing Falcon's position for a number of laps, before Evangelou continued his charge into 12th place with four to go. The stunning run finished when the #30 car crossed the line in 9th place after 14 furious laps, a strong comeback from 32nd on the grid.
"It was a great race and the Dexion Racing team did an excellent job to bounce back this weekend," Evangelou said.
"I think after Saturday a lot of the field was driving pretty conservatively, so it was a good clean race for me. I was able to have a good dice with Chris Pither in the last few laps which was enjoyable and I'm happy that we were able to come through into the top ten." He said.
The final round of the Fujitsu V8 Supercar Championship Series will be held at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit on December 8 -- 10.