The Fly Suffers an Average Avalon Avalon Raceway was supposed to bring good fortune to Ian Lewis Racing after debuting a brand new J&J at the previous round in Wagga, however the night was hampered by early mechanical problems and an ...
The Fly Suffers an Average Avalon
Avalon Raceway was supposed to bring good fortune to Ian Lewis Racing after debuting a brand new J&J at the previous round in Wagga, however the night was hampered by early mechanical problems and an ill-handling car.
Once again a late position in qualifying saw 'The Fly' come out as the second to last car where he crossed the finish line in thirteenth position with a 12.571 second lap. The lap itself was amazing as before Lewis crossed the line to complete his first of two laps the Komatsu Used Equipment, Adtrans, Camden Neon Signs, J&J Auto Racing car jumped out of gear therefore ruining any chance of a faster second lap and no where near representing the true speed of the car.
'The Fly' lined up out of sixth and fifth in his two heat races which saw the car once again jump out of gear as the caution lights came out at the initial start of the first heat. This caused Lewis to tag the left rear wheel of Danny Reidy as the car rolled forward at a great speed of knots. Lewis then had to battle from the rear of the field after requiring a push start where ultimately the car continued to jump out of gear and 'The Fly' was forced to slow down and ensure he finished as high as possible to an eventual ninth while the second heat was much better and saw Lewis record sixth.
"The car was continually jumping out of gear and it was unfortunate that Reidy slowed down as much as he did as my car jumped out of gear when we were behind him and there was nothing I could do as I tried to avoid him," explained Lewis.
After two tough heat races and the bad weather that threatened Avalon Raceway 'The Fly' was destined for a fifth place starting position in the fifteen lap B-Main race. Lewis avoided a couple of incidents throughout the race to climb up into third as the race was declared three laps early due to an incident on the back straight.
Starting on the second to last row in the A-Main was always going to be a tough ask for 'The Fly' after a rushed effort by all B-Main competitors to have their cars ready for the thirty-lap A-Main.
A frantic start saw Lewis battle at the rear of the field with John Vogels however the back markers were quickly swamped upon by the leaders as Lewis held his line before eventually going a lap down around the halfway mark of the race.
The Komatsu Used Equipment, Adtrans, Camden Neon Signs, J&J Auto Racing car became quite difficult to drive as the faster cars eagerly tried to make their way past and once a small amount of smoke came from the car 'The Fly' switched the car off and pulled infield after completing just over half the race to finish in seventeenth.
"The car was very difficult to drive throughout the race and instead of risking having an accident I pulled infield to avoid ruining anyone else's night. Back in the workshop we discovered the right rear torsion bar had twisted, most likely from when we hit Reidy in the first heat and this caused the car to behave uncharacteristically. Fortunately there is no damage to the engine and we are still not 100% sure what caused the smoke during the A-Main."
Ian Lewis Racing now has a week off from the World Series Sprintcars schedule before Jumbuck Speedweek kicks off on December 26 at Speedway City.
Ian Lewis Racing is sponsored by Komatsu Used Equipment, Adtrans Truck Centre, Camden Neon Signs, J&J Auto Racing, Cascade, The Metric Men, Radum and Transport Equipment Hire.