Popular V8BRute driver, Benn Wilson was looking forward to racing at Eastern Creek, but it turned out to be a round he would rather forget. Being a newcomer to the 'Creek', Benn 'The Burner" Wilson was keen to learn and test out the fast track...
Popular V8BRute driver, Benn Wilson was looking forward to racing at Eastern Creek, but it turned out to be a round he would rather forget.
Being a newcomer to the 'Creek', Benn 'The Burner" Wilson was keen to learn and test out the fast track in time for qualifying on Saturday.
Friday's practice sessions saw Wilson clock up impressive times and deemed as a possible threat to the other drivers. Wilson finished fourth in the first practice session with the fastest lap time of 1.52.93. His second practice session saw him still placed in the top 10 with a lap of 1.53.67.
With minimal work being undertaken on the car on Friday evening, Wilson was ready to improve his times on Saturday for the final practice session and the all important qualifying session. The third practice session had Wilson again finish in the top 10 with an improved fast lap time of 1.53.28.
Confidence was at a high for the qualifying session and the Gold Coast speedster went out on the track in fine form. The Holden V8BRute qualified in 6th position clocking up his fastest lap time of the weekend so far, 1.52.55.
" Whilst I'm happy for this result in qualifying, it would of been nice to be further up the grid. " With the three practice sessions, I have found my way around this fast track, especially on some of the tight corners. " I'm ready for some good clean racing and to bring on a podium win." Wilson said.
With crowds flocking in from around Sydney to see the highly anticipated comeback of the V8BRutes, Team Brock and Benn Wilson were prepared for a good result today, till the drama unfolded.
Wilson started Race One in 11th position and with a good clean start, was able to move up three positions within the first four laps of the race. Driving down the straight at Eastern Creek sees the BRutes drive at an estimated speed of 200km/h. Turning into the first corner can be beneficial or critical, as Wilson found out. Wilson headed into the first corner in a comfortable 9th position when the #22 BRute was hit by a fellow Holden driver which caused Benn to hit the wall quite heavily and end his racing for the weekend. A very shaken Wilson was immediately taken to the track's onsite medical centre for a medical assessment. Doctor's weren't able to find any damage, just minor neck pain. Wilson was also recommended to get a neck x-ray if further discomfort continued.
" I was heading down the straight and one of the drivers must of put their car into the wrong gear. Their car went sideways, and as I went up on the inside, I was hit heavily and hit the wall. " Whilst I'm incredibly grateful that I didn't hurt myself badly, I just can't believe this has happened. I'm very disappointed to say the least. " I was confident at the start of the weekend that I could continue my charge for further championship points and now, I'm not sure what will happen." Wilson said.
The #22 Brute suffered maximum damage and could cost an estimated $10,000 - $15,000 to repair. The engine, gearbox and repairs to the right side of the car will be the first priority for the Team Brock mechanics on their return to Victoria.
Benn Wilson and Team Brock will be seen next at Wakefield Raceway, Goulburn on the 6th,7th and 8th August.