Malcolm Strachan and Sasha Anis stay consistent for 13th place in the streets of Trois-RiviÃ¨res in the SG-Motorsport.com 350Z Malcolm Strachan and Sasha Anis shared the SG-Motorsport.com Nissan 350Z in the second ever professional race for the...
Malcolm Strachan and Sasha Anis stay consistent for 13th place in the streets of Trois-Rivières in the SG-Motorsport.com 350Z
Malcolm Strachan and Sasha Anis shared the SG-Motorsport.com Nissan 350Z in the second ever professional race for the youthful start-up team. The small team travelled to Trois-Rivières, Quebec to take on the big teams in the 200 mile round of Koni Challenge.
First practice went smoothly with no issues, but after making some changes a problem with the brakes arose. In qualifying, Anis pushed the underpowered car as hard as he could but qualified last behind all the more experienced big-budget teams. In a last effort for a quick qualifying time, Anis slid wide on the sixth corner and hit the wall causing minor damage.
On Sunday morning, things were looking up for SG-Motorsport. Anis started the race, but started to fall back due to handling issues likely stemming from Saturday's incident. He drove a smart, consistent stint and was in 17th position by half-way after some early-race attrition. Anis dove into the pits and the SG-Motorsport pitcrew refuelled the car as Strachan and Anis did a quick driver change.
In the first corner, Strachan realized the shock-absorbers were not working properly causing the front of the car to bounce over each bump. With only 15 minutes of practice over the weekend, he adjusted his driving style during the race to make the car work for him. He managed to continue driving consistently while problems struck other cars and drivers made mistakes, allowing him to move up the order.
After a short caution with ten laps to go, the first corner was chaotic with a Porsche 911 sliding into the wall and a BMW M3 and another Porsche spinning in front of the Nissan. Strachan steered clear of the incidents and kept the 350Z off the walls for the last ten laps to bring the car home in 13th position. It was a long and frustrating race at times for the team, but the top 15 finish was a great reward at the end of the day.