Points, but not the results expected for Cramp at Wakefield Park. Despite being hindered by a sudden bout of the flu, and competing a track less than suited to his big and heavy HSV VY GTS Commodore, CVW Manta Racing driver Steve Cramp has been...
Points, but not the results expected for Cramp at Wakefield Park.
Despite being hindered by a sudden bout of the flu, and competing a track less than suited to his big and heavy HSV VY GTS Commodore, CVW Manta Racing driver Steve Cramp has been at least able to improve his championship position after a tough weekend of racing during round two of the Donut King Australian Performance Car Championship this weekend.
Starting the first of today's three races at the 2.2 KM Wakefield Park circuit from a solid 10th position, Cramp made some progress forward in the shortened 8-lap sprint to finish a solid 9th, scoring good championship points in the process.
The second race, shortened to just five laps due to a heavy crash in the V8 Supercar development series event held prior to the race, saw the CVW Engineering HSV again snatch another position from the leading bunch, Cramp crossing the line in eight place and second Holden home.
Prepared to continue that progress forward in the 17 lap final race, Cramp's progress was hindered after a coming together with fellow South Australian competitor Michael Brock in Wakefield Park's tight final corner. Cramp's HSV GTS suffered a flat tyre due to the incident, where he locked wheels with Brock's Mitsubishi before braking free.
Forced to complete another lap of the circuit before pulling into the pits to rectify the problem, Cramp slipped down to the rear of the field before resuming a lap behind in 16th place -- eventually completing the race in that position.
"It was just one of those racing incident's where two cars were challenging for the same piece of track," explained Cramp after the final race. "It was a disappointing way to have to end the meeting, but that's racing -- in the end we just had to get back out there and make sure we score some points out of all three races this weekend."
Despite the ending to the weekend, Cramp explained that they did everything they could this weekend to make sure the CVW Manta Racing team came away from Wakefield with a boosted championship position.
"We knew that getting onto the podium here would be an uphill struggle," he said. "But we came here, gave it all we had and that's the way it panned out. We need, though, to make sure that when we get to Eastern Creek we can race right at the front and get some good results in the longer races there in a couple of weeks."
The 2005 Donut King Australian Performance Car championship competitors only get a few weeks rest, with the next round of the diverse championship set to be held at Sydney's Eastern Creek Raceway in just two week's time.
Championship Points - After 2 rounds
1. Mark King 141, 2. Garry Holt 130, 3. Peter Floyd 123 4. Chris Alajajian 97 5. Gary Young 91 9. Steve Cramp 56