Dexion gets the most out of Bathurst LIKE all of the HPDC V8 Supercar teams at Bathurst last weekend, Dexion Racing endured a frustrating event at Mount Panorama, Bathurst. Dexion driver Tony Evangelou finished the first race on Friday, but ...
Dexion gets the most out of Bathurst
LIKE all of the HPDC V8 Supercar teams at Bathurst last weekend, Dexion Racing endured a frustrating event at Mount Panorama, Bathurst. Dexion driver Tony Evangelou finished the first race on Friday, but the second event on Saturday was called off early when a number of incidents and changeable weather conditions prevented the race from reaching the finish.
Besides his Dexion commitments, Evangelou made his debut in the world-famous Bathurst 1000 with Toll Commodore driver Anthony Tratt. These duties ensured that Evangelou had plenty of miles around the 6.213km track.
But the second HPDC race was the event that had everyone talking ... for mainly the wrong reasons. Just before the start of the race, the rain started falling on top of the mountain, but it stayed dry down the bottom! Evangelou elected to stay on dry tyres, while some others went with wets.
"It was difficult to know which way to go," Evangelou admitted.
The #30 Dexion car ran as high as sixth place, and was running comfortably with the leaders in difficult conditions, but in the end, only two race laps were run in 'green' conditions, and three laps completed under the Safety Car. The race was deemed a 'non-race'.
In the first race, Evangelou had two wheels fall off his car. One occurred on the warm-up lap, which the team later received a suspended fine for.
Evangelou started from pit lane after the wheel drama and made steady progress, but due to the damage sustained in the first incident, another wheel fell off.
When he pitted again, Evangelou resumed in last place and finished in that position. But he couldn't stop concentrating. Cresting the hill at the end of Mountain Straight, Evangelou came across a local kangaroo on the circuit. He had to take evasive action to miss 'Skippy,' which he thankfully did.
"I couldn't believe my eyes," he said. "I never expected to see a kangaroo on the circuit!"
With the second race controversially canned, Dean Canto won the round from championship rival Warren Luff and Tony D'Alberto.
In the 1000km race, Evangelou and Tratt dropped a lap early, but through circumstance, were able to pick the lap back up. Tratt completed his first stint and handed over to Evangelou, who was to do a double stint before an engine problem stopped their good run. At the time, Evangelou was the highest placed rookie in the famous race.
"The experience of driving in the Bathurst 1000 was unreal -- a dream come true," Evangelou said.
"It was a shame that the car didn't make it much further than half race. I was lapping at a good pace, just what they wanted me to do, but it wasn't meant to be. This is something I'm really going to work hard to try and do again next year."
Mark Skaife and Todd Kelly won the drama-filled race from Dodo Racing's Jamie Whincup and Jason Richards.
Regarded the greatest race track in Australia (possibly the world), the regional circuit attracted a crowd of over 160,000 people over the four days.
The next round of the HPDC V8 Supercar Series is the final event for the year at Phillip Island. The race supports the V8 Supercar 'Grand Finale' where both V8 titles will be decided.