30 November, 2002 - Brad "Hollywood" Heywood recovered from a disappointing qualifying effort to finish a sensational sixth place in tonight's fourth round of the World Series Sprintcars at Adelaide's Speedway City. The evening started on almost...
30 November, 2002 - Brad "Hollywood" Heywood recovered from a disappointing qualifying effort to finish a sensational sixth place in tonight's fourth round of the World Series Sprintcars at Adelaide's Speedway City.
The evening started on almost the lowest of lows with Heywood qualifying a lowly 23rd position with an ill handling car.
"The car was in was very ugly, it was a handful to drive and didn't want to turn at all," said Heywood after qualifying.
About the only positive that came out of qualifying was the fact that Heywood would start from the front row for both of his heats. Using these front row starts to full advantage Heywood dominated both heat races to take two convincing victories.
By virtue of escalating up the points Heywood started from 11th in the 30-lap A-Main event.
As he roared through the opening turn on an exceptionally slick track Heywood spun to avoiding another car, but was lucky to keep the engine running and resume his position.
Heywood was one of the big movers in the field to be inside the top 10 within a handful of laps, only to be relegated two spots by the officials at the restart due to passing on the infield.
45-year-old, Heywood used the relegation as motivation to continue his move towards the front to be in 6th spot by half race distance when the race resumed for the 10th time.
The final laps of the event went non stop as Heywood continue good pace to hold 6th to the flag with an almost slick Right rear tyre.
"That was a lot of fun and the car was a really nice race car, it was a credit to the team," said Heywood.
"I tried the outside line mid race which helped a lot when the guys in front bunched up but as the tyre went away I had to get back down on the pole line.
"Only a couple of more laps and I think that it wouldn't have lasted."
Team Owner Darren Disbury was pleased with the team's recovery after qualifying "We were all a bit down following qualifying but the two heat wins lifted our spirits and such a good result was just what the doctor ordered."
Disbury Family Racing will return to World Series Sprintcars on December 26th when Jeff Shepard makes his debut in Australia's most prestigious series.