New Caltex Havoline Ford ready for Honda Indy 300. SBR working around the clock to have new car finished for Indy. A TEAM of Stone Brothers Racing mechanics have been working around the clock in an effort to have a brand new Caltex Havoline...
New Caltex Havoline Ford ready for Honda Indy 300. SBR working around the clock to have new car finished for Indy.
A TEAM of Stone Brothers Racing mechanics have been working around the clock in an effort to have a brand new Caltex Havoline Falcon ready for next weekend's Gillette V8 Supercar Challenge at the Honda Indy 300 on the Gold Coast.
The team's car was destroyed in a practice accident at the Bob Jane T-Marts 1000 at Bathurst's Mt Panorama last week and has been stripped and scrapped as a result.
David Besnard's co-driver Wayne Gardner walked away from the accident at the end of Mountain Straight, which was caused by a brake problem and suffered just slight concussion.
The accident meant that SBR boss Ross Stone had to make a call to try and complete a brand new car using a chassis, which was being casually put together on one of the team's construction jigs.
The pressure is on with the two 100km V8 Supercar races at this year's event counting for points towards the V8 Supercar Championship Series in which Besnard is currently eighth.
The SBR crew has been burning the midnight oil at its Gold Coast-base to get the car built and painted in time for a test at Queensland Raceway on Thursday.
"My Caltex Havoline crew is worth its weight in gold on a normal day, but it's situations like these they are priceless," said Besnard.
"These guys have put everything in their lives on hold to ensure this car is built in time for our races at Indy and we have not heard one complaint from them.
"After a long and disappointing week at Bathurst, these guys have wound up the adrenalin and are getting on with it."
"We have to make sure all the work is worthwhile by producing a big result at Indy."
There was about a day's worth of welding to be completed on the car before it was undercoated on Tuesday night.
The team is hoping to have the car finished on Wednesday and ready for shakedown at Queensland Raceway on Thursday. After the test the car will be transported to the paddock area at the Honda Indy 300 circuit.
The car will be ready for the first V8 Supercar practice on the streets of Surfers Paradise on Friday morning at 8.10am.