West's weekend goes South at Mallala. Mallala Raceway - April 17th 2005 - When South Australian Saloon Car racer Mick West lined up at Mallala raceway this weekend for the second round of the 2005 RDA Rotors and EBC Brakes Australian Saloon...
West's weekend goes South at Mallala.
Mallala Raceway - April 17th 2005 - When South Australian Saloon Car racer Mick West lined up at Mallala raceway this weekend for the second round of the 2005 RDA Rotors and EBC Brakes Australian Saloon Car series, the aim was to use his home track knowledge and experience to propel the #53 Commodore up the order in an extremely competitive field.
Bringing home a bent car was not supposed to be in the plans.
However, after an incident in opening practice Saturday morning, West and the MW Racing team now fact a race against time to repair the heavily damaged car in time for it's next scheduled race meeting in under two weeks time.
The incident occurred when West's Commodore received a tap from behind at a fast part of the 2.6 km Mallala circuit, spinning the car around and into the path of incoming traffic -- and then the wall, at some speed.
And whilst West emerged unscathed from the crash, the car was worse for wear -- significant damage to the front bodywork and chassis rails from the impact meaning that the car was ousted for the weekend.
What made the situation more difficult for the driver was the potential the car was showing in the early stages of the practice session -- West was sitting pretty in the upper midfield after completing just six laps before the shunt.
"It's really a very unfortunate end to what was looking to be a promising weekend," explained the disappointed driver. "We were setting some very good times, close to our best around here so things were looking good."
The Adelaide based driver assessed the damage after the shunt, and said that whilst it wasn't pretty the expectation was that they would be back on track soon.
"It will need to go onto a jig to get the chassis rails straight again and damaged panels like the bonnet, gaurds and front bumper will need to be either replaced of repaired," he said. "But we will call on our sponsors Auto Salvage Recyclers to help us get it back together as quick as humanly possible and try to be out here for the next meeting in a few weeks time."
The MW Racing team will aim to have the car back in shape by the opening round of the South Australian State Championship Series in two weeks time on April 30th.