CONSISTENCY GREETS THE FLY IN TASMANIA After a tough and expensive last round with World Series Sprintcars, Ian Lewis bounced back at Mountain Dew Ice International Speedway last weekend to record two consistent A-Main finishes. The...
CONSISTENCY GREETS THE FLY IN TASMANIA
After a tough and expensive last round with World Series Sprintcars, Ian Lewis bounced back at Mountain Dew Ice International Speedway last weekend to record two consistent A-Main finishes.
The Adtrans, Camden Neon Signs, J&J Auto Racing car was confronted with a vastly different track on the Friday, which is uncommon back on the mainland with a tacky and fast surface catching many teams quite unaware in time trials, where 'The Fly' qualified in 18th with an 11.323 second lap.
This left Lewis to start from fourth and third in his heat races and having to finish up front to secure plenty of points to make up for qualifying lower then what was ideal.
With the Victoria 18 now up to speed with the track, the only way was forward and Lewis put the Adtrans, Camden Neon Signs, J&J Auto Racing car into second and first respectively.
"We qualified lower then we hoped so luckily we were able to make things work in the two heat races and finish up front both times, while some of the other cars further behind were unable to move up enough places," said Lewis.
The excellent heat results put 'The Fly' in third in the A Dash, where he dropped back to sixth to start out of eleventh in the A-Main.
With a rain shower passing across the track moments before the start it caused a slight delay in proceedings but once the race started Lewis was immediately running up high on the speedway, until he caught a rut on lap six and flipped the Adtrans, Camden Neon Signs, J&J Auto Racing car.
Some quick repair work by the Camden Neon Signs Racing team under the red light race stoppage and 'The Fly' restarted the race and finished in thirteenth.
"It was just one of those unfortunate things that happen, the car is only brand new so luckily nothing was damaged on the chassis but all credit to Shane (Bowers) and the guys who were able to get the car repaired with a new wing and back out on the track."
Saturday's track was once again different with a dry slick surface that left Lewis to time trial better as the 12th fastest time with a 13.760 second lap.
Starting mid-pack in the heats left Lewis with some very quick drivers just behind, however he was just as fast and recorded a second and seventh respectively to once again secure a place in the dash race.
With 'The Fly' unable to improve his position in the dash he once again lined up out of eleventh in the A-Main, which was where he stayed after passing was difficult off the bottom line of the track.
All is not quiet back at home though with a brand new J&J chassis set to arrive in Australia next week along with plenty of other components from the United States.
"The new chassis replaces the one that got destroyed at Avalon and hopefully will see us through this season. We have also ordered a new Maxwill engine that we expect to use at the (Grand Annual Sprintcar) Classic," explained team owner Dave Challons.
The Camden Neon Signs Racing team now looks at running at Bacchus Marsh's Rolling Thunder Raceway on December 17, where the team has not raced for several years.
Camden Neon Signs Racing is sponsored by Adtrans Truck Centre, Camden Neon Signs, J&J Auto Racing, Elf Race Fuels Australia, Cascade, Panna Cranes, The Metric Men and Transport Equipment Hire.