Heywood in the thick of the action. 6 April, 2003 - In his final drive with the Disbury Family Racing for the 2002/03 season Brad "Hollywood" Heywood was in the thick of the action at the Freightmaster Sprintcar Cup last night. Driving the ...
Heywood in the thick of the action.
6 April, 2003 - In his final drive with the Disbury Family Racing for the 2002/03 season Brad "Hollywood" Heywood was in the thick of the action at the Freightmaster Sprintcar Cup last night.
Driving the Advanced Linemarking/Dave Jack Paving Eagle Heywood set the third fastest time to then start from position seven in his opening heat.
In the 10-lap event the former World Series Champion showed that he was going to be one of the contenders for the Cup when he charged his way to the front just after half race distance.
The 45-year-old was later penalised two spots by the stewards when they deemed that he had used the infield to gain an advantage during the race.
Disaster struck for the team during the opening lap of the second heat when the gears in the differential disintegrated bringing Heywood to a halt on the back straight.
The team repaired the rear end in time for Heywood to take his place in the opening dash race where he was due to start from position 4 courtesy of being the 7th highest point scorer.
Showing glimpses of pace Heywood manoeuvred his way into third place at the finish to earn the fifth starting position for the 30-lap Freightmaster Sprintcar Cup.
In the opening laps Heywood moved held strong and was hounding the fourth placed runner but couldn't get the drive off the turns to be in a position to make the pass.
"I couldn't get out of the turn because I basically couldn't get into them properly, if that makes sense," said Heywood.
With the car fuelling up slightly when Heywood got off the throttle entering the turn he was unable to use the entire power of the engine exiting the turn.
Heywood battled on to be amongst the action throughout the race to eventually finish sixth after being passed late in the race when he pushed high exiting turn four.
"The car was perfect early in the night but after the gears destroyed themselves the car went off the boil a little bit," commented Heywood.
"I have really enjoyed my time with the team this year and I am looking forward to bigger and better things come next season."
The Freightmaster Sprintcar Cup was taken out by Phil March ahead of Trevor Green and Luke Dillon.