Hamilton: Powerbuilt race one report

POWERBUILT RACING TEAM HAS DAY OF MIXED RESULTS AT HAMILTON An excellent result for Luke Youlden at the wheel of the Powerbuilt Falcon in this morning's race was followed by a battle with brake problems in the second during the New Zealand V8s...

POWERBUILT RACING TEAM HAS DAY OF MIXED RESULTS AT HAMILTON

An excellent result for Luke Youlden at the wheel of the Powerbuilt Falcon in this morning's race was followed by a battle with brake problems in the second during the New Zealand V8s Trophy Races at the Hamilton Street circuit today.

Youlden drove a fine race in difficult conditions this morning to open his account with a fifth placing. He worked the Powerbuilt Falcon forward, making good gains as rain began to fall. From eighth on the grid the Australian soon had the car on the move despite a safety car period in the early laps. However the conditions caused the race to be stopped early after just six of the scheduled fourteen laps.

"We gained a few spots. The rain helped a bit," said Luke later. "The car was quite good actually. I was behind Clark Proctor and Paul Manuell and they were holding me up. I could see the lead bunch down the road and I think I could have run with them."

The lap times from the opening race were used to determine the grid for the second and Luke's good work was undone as his best time placed him eleventh. With a safety car intervention and a shortened race to establish the grid an unusual line up resulted.

After the second race Luke said, "we had to battle, there were some odd cars in there - people that make it difficult to pass." Unfortunately as early as the second lap Youlden was struggling with brake problems, something he had identified the previous day as being an issue on the Hamilton circuit.

That forced the Australian to brake early for corners and run a very conservative race. He expressed surprise later that he had recorded the seventh fastest lap of the race. "We were braking early but they probably weren't retarding the car, meaning our corner speeds were the same," he laughed.

With the braking issues it became an eventful race for Youlden and there were a few grazes on the Powerbuilt Falcon at the end of the race. "When the fronts get too hot the bias goes to the rears and they lock up - it's like pulling a handbrake on," he said.

A spin early in the race dropped Luke well down the order but he managed to bring the Powerbuilt Falcon back past a huge number of cars to finish thirteenth. "We'll throw new brake parts at it tonight," he said. "Tomorrow's race is longer and it could be a bit hotter."

The final race will take place over twenty laps at 12.50pm tomorrow.

-credit: powerbuilttools.co.nz

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Series Supercars
Drivers Luke Youlden