UTE: Raj Sharma Adelaide Saturday report

The ups and downs of a tiger. Whilst it may have not looked too impressive on the result sheet, Raj "The Tiger" Sharma performed admirably through much of the opening heat of the first round of the Poolrite V8 BRutes series at the Clipsal...

The ups and downs of a tiger.

Whilst it may have not looked too impressive on the result sheet, Raj "The Tiger" Sharma performed admirably through much of the opening heat of the first round of the Poolrite V8 BRutes series at the Clipsal 500 race meeting in Adelaide.

Driving the Pentaq/Sydney UD Ford Falcon AU XR8, Sharma started 21st on the grid, picked up three places on the opening lap, and another one in the next circuit. By the fourth circuit of the seven lap event, Sharma had worked his way to 14th overall.

However trying to consolidate that position result in a spin with a lap to go. Despite rear end damage, he was able to continue and finished in 26th position.

"Yes, the car felt very good. I was able to catch those in front without too many problems, but getting past was difficult in some cases. At times I had to resort to giving them a little reminder that I was there and therefore had to force my way past," he said.

"The spin towards the end was entirely my fault. I just went into one the corners a little too quickly and it just got away from me," he admitted.

The second heat was an abbreviated affair with a huge accident by Commodore driver Gavin Harvey causing the cancellation of the race on lap three.

In similar style to the yesterday's event, Sharma picked up places on the opening lap. An panel bashing incident with the Holden of Glen Barnes failed to dampen his pace and the Pentaq/Sydney UD was 18th when the race was halted.

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