Cramp's outlook still bright despite engine change. South Australian based Donut King Australian Performance Car championship team CVW Manta Racing experienced the full force of motorsports unpredictability yesterday, as engine dramas denied...
Cramp's outlook still bright despite engine change.
South Australian based Donut King Australian Performance Car championship team CVW Manta Racing experienced the full force of motorsports unpredictability yesterday, as engine dramas denied the team a strong result in the first-of-three races the category will hold this weekend at the Clipsal 500 carnival in Adelaide.
The dramas came after a promising qualifying session saw the team show the potential of their brand new HSV VY GTS Commodore, Driver Steve Cramp lapping the 3.22km Adelaide parklands streets in 1m33.6933s to line up 7th - a little more than a second from pole - in a tightly packed field.
"We were actually quite disappointed after qualifying to find out we were going to be starting from 7th place," Explained Cramp after the session. "We were holding down a strong top five position for a majority of the session, and it was only a couple of last minute flyers from some other competitors that bumped us back. We are looking pretty good for the race though -- the plan is to get the best start as possible and get through the opening lap cleanly before making some progress forward."
Unfortunately for Cramp, the forward progress was limited to only a couple of laps as the CVW Engineering HSV slowed dramatically on the start finish straight just two laps into the opening race, eventually pulling to a stop in a run off area with a blown engine.
Cramp said that he had little warning before the car slowed with the engine dramas.
"We came onto the start-finish straight and I got an engine warning light just before the car slowed," he said. "It just lunched itself at the end of the straight and it was all over from there."
The team immediately took the car back to the Manta Racing workshop in Adelaide, swapping the blown engine with a spare unit in a marathon seven-hour operation. A team of six worked late into the night, successfully completing the engine swap to ensure the car would be on the start line for this morning's second race.
"The team put in a fantastic effort working late into the night to make sure we could get back out onto the track to complete the weekend," Cramp said. "Now we have the challenge of starting at the rear of the pack for the second race and have some fun cutting through the field, which should make for some interesting viewing."
The hard work and dedication of the CVW Manta Racing team will be put to the test in the remaining two races that make up the opening round of the 2005 Donut King Australian Performance Car championship.