TOUGH TIME AT HAMILTON FOR HEPBURN John Hepburn of Timaru had a frustrating weekend as he tackled the BNT V8s Trophy Race at the Hamilton 400 this weekend. Hepburn was rapt with his Classic Hits Timaru Commodore saying, "we had a good...
TOUGH TIME AT HAMILTON FOR HEPBURN
John Hepburn of Timaru had a frustrating weekend as he tackled the BNT V8s Trophy Race at the Hamilton 400 this weekend.
Hepburn was rapt with his Classic Hits Timaru Commodore saying, "we had a good car, a top ten car here," as he reflected on the three races around the demanding concrete-lined 3.4 kilometre street circuit.
"I made some mistakes but so too did some others. It is the nature of the beast," he said. Testing revealed how potent Hepburn and the Classic Hits Timaru Commodore could be around the Hamilton circuit with the eleventh best time of the session.
However he was far from happy after the first contest when officials let the race start before part of the field were even on the front straight. "We arrived at the first corner at full race pace." There was a concertina effect and Hepburn hit the car of John Penny. The incident dropped Hepburn down the order and he battled back to 13th at the finish.
The following morning John brought the Classic Hits Timaru Commodore home in 15th place after a mistake at Turn 2. He lined up later in the afternoon for the final race and again there was a controversial start procedure.
This time many of the drivers complained that they had passed the starting lights before they went out, resulting in some of the field still cruising while those further back were racing. Once again the incident compounded at the first corner and once more John was caught up in it. There were cars across the circuit and unsighted John caught the back of Dale Williams car, damaging the Commodore in the process.
From then on the car was handling badly and later in the race a balljoint broke causing an anxious moment as the Commodore almost rolled causing John to park it.
It was a difficult meeting for the Timaru based team but again John took some positives from the weekend. "Once again we learnt a bit, " he said.
John Hepburn's campaign in the BNT V8s Championship is supported by Classic Hits Timaru, Timaru Metal Recyclers, Timaru Signs & Graphix, Paul Smith Earthmoving, Petrie Mayman Clark, Robinsons Auto Dismantlers, Blastcraft, Auto Gas, Scarlett Hydraulics, Pit Stop Otahuhu, Barchetta Pleasurecraft, Ashley Electronics, The Front Store, Pope Print, Shaun Breen Plumbing and Power Farming.
-source: john hepburn