Cramp races into the ten during Adelaide Street fight. CVW Manta Racing driver Steve Cramp drove a determined and aggressive race to come home in a solid 8th position in today's final Donut King Australian Performance Car Championship race...
Cramp races into the ten during Adelaide Street fight.
CVW Manta Racing driver Steve Cramp drove a determined and aggressive race to come home in a solid 8th position in today's final Donut King Australian Performance Car Championship race at Adelaide's Clipsal 500.
The result capped of a difficult weekend for the team, after an engine failure during the opening race on Friday pushed the newly built HSV GTS Commodore right to the back of the 25 car field for the Saturday race, meaning the rest of the meeting was a recovery session for Cramp to ensure they left Adelaide with a solid start in the points race for the seven round championship season.
Cramp started 13th in today's race, quickly moving his way into the top 10 outright with some bold passing maneuvers in the tightly packed midfield. He eventually finished a combative 8th, demonstrating that the team will be a force to be reckoned with in rounds to come.
"That was a really enjoyable race to be in," said Cramp afterwards. "We had some fantastic battles in the mid field and it was good to make some progress forward again after starting down in 13th place."
The South Australian based proprietor of Manta Racing said that the new car was up to the task of racing at the front of the competitive Performance Car field, despite running with an engine that was on 7 Cylinders at the end of the race due to the overheating experienced yesterday.
"There is no doubt in my mind that the car is very competitive and that we are right on the money as far as handling and balance is concerned," he commented about the CVW Engineering HSV. "Unfortunately, we haven't had a great run with engines this weekend, but once we have the other engine back in the car after a re fresh we are really confident that the car is going to be competitive for the remainder of the 2005 championship."
This afternoon's third race featured a number of exciting battles, including a four car dice in which Cramp was involved. The battle was captured by Network Ten's cameras and will go to air on their 'Trackside' program -- giving the CVW team priceless exposure in the race to win coverage for their sponsors.
"Its great that we have got some good coverage that will hopefully go to air on 'Trackside'," Said Cramp. "This game is all about getting exposure and to get some exposure, despite running in the middle of the field, will be fantastic for our team and sponsors."
The next outing for the CVW Manta Racing HSV GTS will be at Wakefield Park, on May 13th -- 15th.