YOULDEN PREPARES FOR TRANZAM OUTING
The busy summer motor racing schedule continues for Australian racing driver Luke Youlden at Timaru International Motor Raceway at Levels this weekend.
Youlden, a member of the Stone Brothers Racing Endurance squad in the Australian V8 Supercar Series, is contesting both the NZV8s Championship in the Powerbuilt Falcon this season plus selected races in the Powerbuilt Tools / Bed Rumours Handcrafted Beds Ford Mustang.
It is the Mustang that Youlden travels to Timaru to drive this weekend, a prospect that the Melbourne based star always enjoys. "I'm looking forward to jumping in that thing again," he says referring to the Mustang. The car will race in the TraNZam races at the 2.4 kilometre South Canterbury circuit after having also competing in the N.Z. Super Sedan Series and OSCA Series races since last October.
"It will be good to run against the other TraNZam cars," said Youlden during a break in his NZV8s programme at Taupo last weekend. "I understand interest in them is strong in Timaru and that is the series this car was built for. We will be running in 5 speed trim again with the new engine we used at Powerbuilt Tools International Raceway last time out - that engine was very strong. We will have a rev limit of 7600rpm as we have a 6 litre engine. However I don't think that will affect us a lot as we have so much torque."
Youlden has blitzed the fields in all the series he has contested with the Mustang to date and he adds an ominous warning. "I'm used to driving the car now and I have more confidence with it," he say's. "Bruce Price (the engineer on the NZV8s Series Powerbuilt Falcon) has had a look at the Mustang and there is more to be gained in the chassis."
Youlden has won four of the six races he has contested in the Super Sedan Series and won two from three at the recent OSCA Series races in Christchurch, breaking the lap record on both days of the meeting. His only defeats have been suffered when blasting through the fields attempting to overcome the huge handicaps applied to this very quick combination.