4 January, 2002 - In the final shakedown event prior to next weekend's Parts Plus $50,000 to win event at Parramatta City Raceway the Disbury Family Racing team were hampered by major engine woes during qualifying once again ending their night ...
4 January, 2002 - In the final shakedown event prior to next weekend's Parts Plus $50,000 to win event at Parramatta City Raceway the Disbury Family Racing team were hampered by major engine woes during qualifying once again ending their night early.
The team changed motors between Thursday night's event and this evening to ensure all was perfect for next week's event.
During hot laps Shepard was extremely happy with the performance of the recently fitted engine but disaster stuck for the 31-year-old American when it went off song as he took the green flag for qualifying.
Using his experience he shut the engine down as soon as it went off song fully aware that it was just recently rebuilt.
"The engine was great in hot laps but coming out of turn four to take the green for qualifying it just went flat. I knew it was wrong so I shut it straight off," lamented Shepard.
"Until the other week the team has never had an engine drama, our luck has got to turn around someday. Hopefully it is next week.
"We have got the other engine in the truck but it we had no qualifying time and would have missed a race then been at the back of the B-Main, if we even made qualified for that given the tough PCR posse and the car count."
To ensure all is perfect for next week's event the team transporter headed immediately back to it's Adelaide home base to be looked over by engine guru Peter Morris of Maxwill Engines and sort the problem.
Fellow American Joey Saldana took the feature win ahead of Kerry Madsen and Skip Jackson.
The Disbury Family Racing team will return to Parramatta City Raceway on Friday January 10 for night one of the Parts Plus $50,000 to win show.