A SERIES OF UPS AND DOWNS The BNT V8s Championship double header in the South Island produced a series of ups and downs for category returnee Darryn Henderson of Wellington. The championship visited Teretonga Park in Invercargill over...
A SERIES OF UPS AND DOWNS
The BNT V8s Championship double header in the South Island produced a series of ups and downs for category returnee Darryn Henderson of Wellington.
The championship visited Teretonga Park in Invercargill over the weekend of 13/14 January for Round 3 of the series before moving to the Timaru International Motor Raceway seven days later for Round 4.
Henderson arrived at Teretonga backing up from the previous round at Powerbuilt Tools Raceway at Ruapuna in Christchurch where he had qualified the Radio Sport/BP Ultimate Falcon in the top ten in just his second outing after an 18 month absence from the category.
However Teretonga was to prove a frustrating weekend. "The car had been really good at Ruapuna but we struggled with a carburettor issue at Teretonga," said Darryn as he summed up the recent rounds. "The engine was flattening out on the high g corners, the engine was actually starving of fuel." It took a long time to get sorted, all of Saturday and the early part of Sunday.
"Because of the carburettor issue the set-up of the car was not 100% either."
However once the carburettor was sorted Darryn was able to score his best result of the weekend, a fine fifth place, in the reverse grid race.
Seven days later Darryn lined up at Timaru where in his words, "the weather played havoc." Testing and qualifying were a mixture of conditions and a starter motor problem left Darryn little time to qualify. However he did a brilliant job under the circumstances recording the 12th best lap time, narrowly missing the top ten shootout.
The arrival of rain made the start of the first race chaotic with tyre decisions, accidents and confusion causing the race to be stopped and a restart taken. Through it all Henderson did another fine job to cross the line in ninth position.
"The weather meant our set-up was in and out and we raced in the wet with a hard car. Race two was magic, the best. The Radio Sport/BP Ultimate Falcon was totally balanced front and rear. I was behind two of the hardest guys to pass, Paul Manuell and John Hepburn, it was a really good race." However Darryn received a 50 second time penalty after an incident at the first corner of the race, a decision he has appealed. The incident occurred when there was a concertina effect at the tight corner in the heavy opening lap traffic. Henderson clipped the back of a car but says it appears he too was hit from behind. He is awaiting a decision on the incident.
Race three was a shocker. Rain had returned and after an opening lap incident the safety car appeared. At around that time Darryn lost second gear meaning that he had to use third gear all around the circuit, far from ideal at Timaru where second is essential. "I rolled around for points basically. Then the windscreen rubber came off and the windscreen fogged up as well. I pitted and we fixed the wiper but after I returned the windscreen fogged up again. We don't run a heated windscreen in our car."
Despite the frustrations Henderson still showed plenty of pace at the two rounds and is clearly enjoying his involvement at Tulloch Motorsport. "It's a good team to be with," says Darryn who will next be at the wheel of the car at Round 5 of the championship at Manfeild Park in Feilding over the weekend of 13/14 February.
Darryn's 2009/2010 BNT V8s Championship campaign is supported by Radio Sport, BP Ultimate, Samsung, Xtreme Forwarding, Zoagn, Global Signage, NME Electrical Waikato, Laserlite, The Interislander, Powerbuilt, Telecom and Fast Glass.
-source: darryn henderson