Hoek Battles Handling Issues - Vows to Come Back Strong in Oshkosh Holland, MI (July 15, 2010) - After a solid Pro-light debut at Crandon International Raceway during the opening weekend of the Traxxas TORC Series presented by AMSOIL, Ross...
Hoek Battles Handling Issues - Vows to Come Back Strong in Oshkosh
Holland, MI (July 15, 2010) - After a solid Pro-light debut at Crandon International Raceway during the opening weekend of the Traxxas TORC Series presented by AMSOIL, Ross Hoek Motorsports was looking to build on its latest success. The second stop on the 2010 TORC World Tour was the high flying and sweeping fast Bark River International Off-Road Raceway, one of Ross Hoek's favorite places to race.
Ross' Crandon weekend ended with a spectacular roll while racing for the win on Sunday. The damage that resulted occupied all of the team's time between races preventing us from more test time or taking our next steps forward with the #21 V-8 powered PRO-Light. With a solid performance at Crandon and excellent race history at Bark River Ross was confident heading into the weekend. Things started going wrong in Saturday morning qualifying when the electronic scoring malfunctioned and didn't record Ross' best lap. The qualifying times in PRO-Light are very close to one another and a couple of tenths of second can change your starting position significantly.
Round 3 action saw Ross run hard and clean against the slower trucks, but Bark River is very difficult to pass on and the truck was not handling the rough Bark River International Raceway well.
Saturday evening the team made some shock, braking, tire, and steering adjustments to the Venom Energy Ford and hoped for a better showing but the track was rougher than Saturday ultimately tearing a shock right off the chassis before he limped in for the finish. "We almost rolled this thing several times in the doubles today, Bark River is a great facility but there's no need to build the track to tear up equipment" noted Ross after the race. "The entire PRO-Light field struggled in that section of the track, at least I didn't end up like Randy Eller (a hard rollover)"
The results of the weekend were not a good representation of Ross Hoek and the #21 Venom Energy Drink, Royal Purple, BFGoodrich Ford Ranger. The seventh and eighth place finishes over the weekend were attributed to slower and erratic driving of some of the newer drivers in the sport. At the same time Ross did not feel it was necessary to push or run over the slower trucks, in order to move up in the finishing order.
"This weekend something was a bit off," pondered Ross Hoek. "We will make changes to the truck that will improve our corning ability before Oshkosh. There are not many places to pass at Bark River. The changes they made at the track really upset the truck, and the passing zones are still scarce. The chance you may take to pass someone in a questionable area isn't worth it. You may not only tear up your competitor's truck, but your own as well. The V8 Pro-Lights are still a work in progress. Regardless, we will have the additional tweaks to the truck completed by Oshkosh. I want to land back on the podium next time around. "
Next Race: July 23-24 - Oshkosh, Wisconsin