26 December, 2002 - After all the hype, preparation and tireless hours of work by the Disbury Family Racing team Jeff Shepard's debut in the World Series Sprintcars was nothing less than disappointing tonight. Making his debut in Australia's ...
26 December, 2002 - After all the hype, preparation and tireless hours of work by the Disbury Family Racing team Jeff Shepard's debut in the World Series Sprintcars was nothing less than disappointing tonight.
Making his debut in Australia's highest profile series the 31-year-old entered the event full confidence on a track that he had won at previously.
During hot laps the Disbury Family Racing Eagle began to endure a misfire which upon observation turned out to be blocked fuel injector nozzles.
"The car would come off the coroners pretty flat then pick up half way down the straight then lean off real bad as you went to turn in the corner," said Shepard after Hot laps.
With the assistance of fellow South Australian team, Bartlett Racing the team cleaned out all the nozzles and the fuel filters with seconds to spare before Shepard was required to be pushed off for qualifying.
On his second qualifying lap the Shepard shut the engine off exiting turn two immediately after he felt something drastically a miss.
"It still wasn't running real well and then coming out of two it just went bang and I shut that sucker off as soon as I could," lamented Shepard.
With the problem unable to be solved easily due to the fact of the team not knowing why the engine had leaned the team elected to head back to the workshop and solve the problem rather than risk damaging their second engine of the night. A wise move when the source of the problem could not be pinpointed.
Upon arrival back at the workshop the problem was located within the fuel system where a fuel fitting was crystallizing causing the blocked the fuel injector nozzles.
"We definitely would be rather out there racing but I am pleased we have found the problem before we ran our spare motor, otherwise we would have had two engine rebuilds," said a disappointed Darren Disbury.
The team worked until the early hors of the morning changing engines and ensuring all was in perfect shape for Round 8 of the World Series Sprintcars at Riverview Speedway, Murray Bridge tomorrow night.
"It was a team effort, sure we were all down about the night but we all win as a team and we lose as team. Tonight we again worked as a team to sort the problem out and we will be back on track tomorrow," commented Shepard.