Positive Mindset For Bray in Lead Up To Willowbank Tin Tops The 2003/04 ANDRA Australian Top Doorslammer Championship season has been one littered with misfortune for Queensland drag racing icon Victor Bray, but he's maintaining a positive ...
Positive Mindset For Bray in Lead Up To Willowbank Tin Tops
The 2003/04 ANDRA Australian Top Doorslammer Championship season has been one littered with misfortune for Queensland drag racing icon Victor Bray, but he's maintaining a positive outlook as the bracket moves into top gear during the upcoming Tin Top Titles, featuring Top Doorslammer and Travelaire Tours Pro Stock, at Ipswich's Willowbank Raceway on April 24/25.
A red light three weeks ago at Western Sydney during the semi-finals highlighted what has been a frustrating period for the veteran campaigner who is currently placed fourth in the Championship.
"Once again we encountered problems and had to endure a complete engine swap before the semi so we were under intense pressure to get the car right," Bray explained.
"The crew did a remarkable job in difficult circumstances and had everything ready to go with just two minutes to spare.
"I was just too pumped up at the startline after enduring a hectic couple of hours and jumped the gun!
"It was disappointing for the team, especially after setting the lowest elapsed time and recording top speed in the lead up.
"But that's racing as they say and I can tell you it's been a big learning curve for me after enjoying a tremendous run throughout the bulk of my career.
Bray is full of praise for current Top Doorslammer leader, fellow Queenslander Brett Stevens in the way he's been able to master such a commanding position in the Championship.
But he'll be intent on reliving some magic moments at Willowbank Raceway as the business end of the season looms even closer.
"Brett has had a stunning season and full credit to him.
"Mathematically he hasn't won but I'm happy to concede and congratulate him for an excellent season and he's definitely the one to beat on April 24/25.
"We're looking forward to the Tin Top Titles after enjoying a bit of a break that's given us a chance to regroup.
"It's one of the more important events in the lead up to the Winternationals in June and being at the same track it'll give all teams a chance to collect vital data.
"Generally the whole game has lifted this season in Top Doorslammer with new tracks so the future's looking bright for the sport and I'm certainly gunning for more success.
"The Tin Tops and the Winternationals at Willowbank Raceway will be the ideal starting point.
Bray is one of four Queenslanders currently holding down positions in the top five, with his son, reigning titleholder Ben Bray currently third and Top Alcohol Champion Gary Phillips securing his first Top Doorslammer round win in Sydney to move into fifth spot.
New South Wales driver Steve Stanic is placed second, just 20 points ahead of Ben Bray and 135 points behind Brett Stevens.
The Tin Top Titles serves as the major preliminary event to the Willowbank Winternationals to be held on June 11-13.
The Ipswich City Council is fully committed to motorsport in the region and is an active member of the Carnival of Horsepower promotion that seeks to encourage the general public to attend three major events on the Ipswich sporting calendar.
The Willowbank Raceway Winternationals will be held on June 11-13, the Ipswich Turf Club will host the Ipswich Cup on June 19 while V8 Supercars are featured during the 6th round of the Australian V8 Supercar Championship series at Queensland Raceway on July 2-4.
Tin Top Titles April 24/25, 2004 -- Featuring Top Doorslammer and Travelaire Tours Pro Stock
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