19 January, 2003 - Brad "Hollywood" Heywood was the hard charger at last night's World Series Sprintcars Championship finale' at Adelaide's Speedway City. On a dry, rough surface for qualifying Heywood qualified a lowly 17th with a 13.500 second...
19 January, 2003 - Brad "Hollywood" Heywood was the hard charger at last night's World Series Sprintcars Championship finale' at Adelaide's Speedway City.
On a dry, rough surface for qualifying Heywood qualified a lowly 17th with a 13.500 second circulation forcing him to start from the second row for each of his heat races.
The Disbury Family Racing team made a gear change prior to the first heat was race assisting Heywood to go on a take a comprehensive victory.
In his second qualifying heat Heywood was challenged by Series Runner-up Robbie Farr on several occasions but "Hollywood" held strong on the mid track line to take the victory.
"This is just a lovely racecar to drive, it's just a lot of fun," said Heywood following his heat races.
Disaster nearly struck for the team in the Max Wheels Pole Shootout when a bolt in the track rod broke ending Heywood's 2-lap dash forcing him to start from position 5.
After several aborted starts which included a red flag for a turn four incident under which the Championship leader, Daryn Pittman barrel rolled in turn 2 Heywood manoeuvred his way into fourth as the field raced down the back stretch for the first time.
Looking menacing in fourth Heywood began to charge down the third placed runner during the opening laps.
As the leaders began to negotiate lapped traffic second placed runner, Farr came together with Tony Bartlett sending Bartlett into a spin and third placed, Luke Dillon to a halt. Left nowhere to go Heywood was forced spin to avoid contact with the pair.
Requiring a second push start Heywood was forced to the back of the pack despite not being the primary cause.
Throughout the remainder of the 30-lap A Main event Heywood charged to the front of the pack to be but was caught up in slower traffic allowing him to be caught by the leaders and put a lap down.
With the leader's putting a lap on Heywood this meant that he was a lap behind the entire field and despite passing four cars over the closing laps he was classed as ninth at the chequered flag.
"No one passed me all night and I must have passed nearly a dozen cars in the feature but we ended up ninth," said Heywood.
"I think we were good enough to finish at least third tonight but I was just caught in the wrong place at the wrong time. The car and team were great again, it is a true credit to the crew and their sponsors."
The Disbury Family Racing team will next be in action on Friday night at the King's Challenge in Mount Gambier.