Michael Hector and his Gulf Western Oil team put in a solid performance at Winton last weekend in Round 2 of the 2014 Dunlop Series. Practice on Friday was marred by poor track conditions and wet weather restricting the team to just a handful of laps in the two forty minute long sessions. This lack of track time was to raise its head in Qualifying as Hector was still searching for an ideal set up on the tricky and tight 3km Winton layout.

Once again Michael had to race many cars he should have qualified in front of in Race 1, but he was soon on the move and happy with the performance of the Gulf Western Oil Falcon. The Matt Stone Racing crew have continued development on the ex Stone Bros car and Hector is finding a very different car to 2013, and in turn learning the new set up at every outing.

At the chequered flag to end Race 1, Hector had climbed six places and recorded competitive lap times over the 25 lap journey. Race 2 was held on Sunday and the temperature had risen substantially since Friday. So had the track surface changed losing a lot of the compound build up which was plaguing drivers during practice. Hector lined up in P23 and put in a storming drive to be running in P18 by Lap 10. He was in clean air and away from the bump and grind of those behind him. He had WA driver Brett Stewart firmly in his sights when a slight misjudgment into Turn 10 sent the Gulf Western Oil Falcon spinning into the infield. Hector recovered quickly but dropped back to P23; the position he would finish in. A disappointing end to a very good drive.

Hector now sits in P20 in the overall Dunlop Series Point score just 12 points adrift of Brett Stewart in 19th. The Dunlop Series resumes battle in Perth in mid May.

#60 Michael Hector – Gulf Western Oil Falcon

“Although I made a mistake in Race 2, I really enjoyed the weekend. Once again the Matt Stone Racing Team delivered a fantastic car and if I had have got more laps on Friday I’m sure we could have been further up. The racing was good and I was really focussed on tuning the car as the tyres and fuel load changed throughout the races. The car is very good to drive and responsive to every change. I was chasing down Stewart in Race 2, and felt I could move up even further when I pinched the rears going into Turn 10 and around she went. My fault, but I have just got to keep pushing as the Gulf Western Falcon is capable of it!”

Michael Hector is proudly supported by Gulf Western Oil, Carrington Equipment Group, CEG Rentals, McCluskey Insurance Brokers, Wurth, Griffiths Transport Newcastle, CZL Group, Koala Glass Newcastle, Spero Demolition and RTC Group.

2014 V8 Winton

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