Hard night in the DFR office.
25 January, 2003 - After several good runs in the Disbury Family Racing Eagle Brad "Hollywood" Heywood's good run came to an end last night at the Kings Challenge in Mount Gambier.
In his first visit to the venue for the nearly 10 years Heywood set the 16th fastest qualifying time in a quality field of 35 cars.
Disaster struck for the team entering turn one of the opening heat when he felt a hit from behind forcing Heywood into the cars next to him and up ending the Advanced Linemarking/Dave Jack Paving Eagle.
"I felt a shunt from the back and with the two cars right there in front I was left nowhere to go, it is a real shame because we really needed those heat points," said a disappointed Heywood.
The team thrashed to replace both the top and front wing, front axle and right hand side extractor ensuring to ensure that they made the start in the second heat which Heywood salvaged a fifth place finish.
When the points were tallied Heywood qualified to start the B Main event from 5th. Looking promising for the first time all night Heywood maneuvered his way to be battling for a top 2 spot and a transfer within the opening laps.
As the track dried, Heywood was forced to combat a lack of drive out through the turns and began to fall outside the top 4.
Continuing to drive as hard as possible on the ever-slickening track Heywood crossed the line in 5th and the team missed their first A-main in over 12 months.
"That first heat really hurt us in the point chase, if we had been able to get some points in that heat we would have made the A and also Brad would have got more track time and confidence in the car," said team owner Darren Disbury.
Heywood was of a similar note indicating that "the power of the car was great all night but I just couldn't get the power down coming off the turns."
"The guys did a great job to get me back on the track after the first heat rollover, I've always said they are a great team and very professional and once again they have proved me right."
The 2003 Kings Challenge was taken out by Donny Schatz after a race long battle with Robbie Farr and Daryn Pittman.
The Disbury Family Racing team will now have a small break before being back in action at the South Australian Sprintcar Title at Mount Gambier on March 15.