'The Burner' sizzles at Wakefield Raceway Confidence played a major role in resurrecting Team Brock driver Benn Wilson's hopes of a top three finish in the 2004 V8BRute championship, following round six at Wakefield Raceway (7,8,9 August) ...
'The Burner' sizzles at Wakefield Raceway
Confidence played a major role in resurrecting Team Brock driver Benn Wilson's hopes of a top three finish in the 2004 V8BRute championship, following round six at Wakefield Raceway (7,8,9 August) recently.
Wilson, left depressed, injured and contemplating his motorsport career after the horrific accident he endured at Eastern Creek Raceway last month, realised he still had a chance of an impressive finish in the 2004 season, finished a credible fourth outright on the weekend.
"I'm over the moon with our performance on the weekend. The Team Brock crew put in a fantastic effort to repair the car in time for Wakefield, and it felt great when I went straight out onto the track." Wilson said.
This result now places Wilson in 5th position in the championship and has left the door open for him to achieve that top three finish.
"The round at Wakefield has put me back into the top five, so hopefully we keep this consistency going to get my aim of an overall top three in the series." Wilson said.
Friday's practice sessions saw Wilson struggle to learn the 2.2km narrow and twisty track. Being a newcomer to the Goulburn track, Wilson was able to clock a fast time in the first practice session of 1.12.78, which was only 0.01.29 seconds behind the quickest driver. The second practice session saw Wilson move up seven positions and clock a quicker time of 1.12.10.
Saturday's final practice session was the final opportunity for Wilson to 'master' the track in time for the important qualifying session. The #22 Holden BRute finished in 14th position with a fast time of 1.12.07.
Wakefield Raceway threw everything it had at the V8BRutes, being evident when drivers were coming off the track and found it hard to settle themselves back into the race.
"It was one of the trickiest tracks I have ever driven, but I improved my times every session, made some good starts and have an unmarked car after the weekend which is great." Wilson said.
With the remainder of the V8BRute drivers posting similar times, Wilson knew that he had to qualify in the top ten to able to gain important points towards his championship. Starting the race with a good, clean start, Wilson was able to achieve that top ten finish, qualifying ninth fastest with his quickest lap-time being an improved 1.11.36.
The infamous 'chook lotto' had Wilson draw 2nd for the first race on Sunday morning next to his team-mate Damien White. The 16-lap race was disrupted by a fellow driver hitting the wall just before the main straight which saw the driver's complete a number of laps under a safety car. Gold Coast based Wilson finished the race in second position with the fast time of 1.11.21.
The second race, which was reverse-grid had Wilson start in eleventh position, again, alongside his Team Brock team-mate. Eight laps into the 16-lap race, Wilson was able to overtake a Holden driver to finish the race, after another yellow flag, in tenth position.
Wilson started the final race of the round in sixth position and with a strong start down the main straight, he was able to move up into fourth position by overtaking two cars in the first corner. Finishing the race in fourth position, Wilson finished the weekend fourth outright.
"I wasn't sure where I would of finished this weekend, if I thought about it after Eastern Creek. I focussed on this round 110% and knew I could be back in the game if I achieved a good result," a jubilant Wilson said. "I'll now be looking forward to the next round at Mallala where I hope to go one step further."
The seventh round of the V8BRutes will be held at Mallala, South Australia on the 16th, 17th and 18th September where Wilson will be aiming for a podium finish.