The Fly Produces His Best At The Title Ian Lewis Racing returned to Murray Bridge Speedway on the weekend to contest the Australian Sprintcar Title where 'The Fly' was very competitive and finished the weekend with a season best placing ...
The Fly Produces His Best At The Title
Ian Lewis Racing returned to Murray Bridge Speedway on the weekend to contest the Australian Sprintcar Title where 'The Fly' was very competitive and finished the weekend with a season best placing of sixth.
The three night event kicked off on Thursday night, with hot laps and time trials, where Lewis qualified the Komatsu Used Equipment, Adtrans, Camden Neon Signs, J&J Auto Racing car in thirteenth position out of forty-five cars with an 11.485 second lap.
Friday night involved two important heat races where 'The Fly' would start from positions one and eleven. The first heat saw Lewis finish in second position and set the fastest lap of the heat on the third lap, despite having an unlucky time through lapped traffic. Heat two saw 'The Fly' make everything look easy as he used the high line to perfection after starting from the rear of the field, even passing four cars in turns one and two at one stage to finish in third place.
Two fantastic results put the Komatsu Used Equipment, Adtrans, Camden Neon Signs, J&J Auto Racing car as the equal fourth highest points scorer for the night. This would see Lewis start out of fifth place in the twenty-lap preliminary A-Main, after dropping back a place due to Garry Brazier who was equal on points but held a faster time from the previous night's time trial session.
A good start allowed 'The Fly' to run in fourth place however the race came undone on the third lap when he spun exiting turn four. Fortunately Lewis kept control of the spin to not stall the car and rejoined the field in tenth position.
"Unfortunately as the track slicked up by the end of the night we missed the set up and the car was too loose and lacked corner speed," explained Lewis.
A few caution periods allowed Lewis to claw his way back to the front into sixth position behind Brazier who defended heavily with a flat front left tyre. A large contingent of cars ran behind Brazier, and 'The Fly' got swamped and fell back to ninth position by the finish.
The final night of racing on Saturday included two heat races before the positions of the feature race were confirmed with Lewis starting his races out of tenth and second respectively.
On a slick track, passing was difficult from the rear of the field and 'The Fly' ran seventh. After having to jump off the gas, as an out of control car in front got sideways, 'The Fly' finished in ninth. The second heat saw Lewis pull away and lead the race before Darrell Hodges snuck past underneath. In the final laps Lewis made contact with the back of the lapped car of Troy Sheills and finished sixth.
Despite the difficult heat races, 'The Fly' had enough points to start the Komatsu Used Equipment, Adtrans, Camden Neon Signs, J&J Auto Racing car out of thirteenth position in the forty-lap A-Main.
Running at the back on the tight 360-metre Murray Bridge Speedway meant staying on the lead lap was going to be a challenge in itself, as tyre preservation was going to play a pivotal role in the race. Lewis eventually went a lap down on lap thirteen.
"You definitely had to take care of your tyres and even then every Hoosier tyre that finished the race was looking very second hand afterwards."
However with the race running over forty-laps anything could happen, which it did as the field started blowing right rear tyres. Lewis, who had the Hoosier D-15 tyre on, looked after his tyres and still managed to pass the cars on his lap to cross the finish line in a fantastic sixth.
"Our crew chief Donovan Meaney set the car up brilliantly for the feature and the car was very good and most importantly looked after its tyres as best as it could. This is the best result all season, we're very pleased."
The next event for the team is the Victorian Sprintcar Title at Premier Speedway on February 19.
Ian Lewis Racing is sponsored by Komatsu Used Equipment, Adtrans Truck Centre, Camden Neon Signs, J&J Auto Racing, Cascade, The Metric Men, Radum and Transport Equipment Hire.