Gulf Western Oil V8 Supercar driver Michael Hector was focussed on finishing the season on a high note as the big field of 30 of cars battled the last round of the 2013 Dunlop Series at Sydney Olympic Park. The two race format would decide the 2013 Champion and Hector was looking to improve his position in the overall points standing.
After two sessions of practice, Michael rolled the MSR / Gulf Western Oil Falcon out for Qualifying. Whilst optimistic that he could crack the Top 20, Michael just missed the mark and would line up in P24. Hector was right in the thick of the action and after a tough start where he was pushed wide in Turn 8, but a good come back picking off six spots would see him back in P22.
Race 2 was action from the word go. Having missed a start line accident, the Gulf Western Oil Ford was turned around by Tebb at Turn 1 and crashed heavily into the wall on the exit ending Michael’s race on the spot.
Michael Hector takes up the story. “We went into final Dunlop Series race weekend really looking forward to giving the Gulf Western Oil team a strong final event for 2013. I spent a lot of time on preparation and really felt confident I had turned the corner and we were on for a great result.
“In Race 1 we started 24th and by turn 8 we were up to 20th and I felt the car had some very good pace on the pack in front. This was short lived; however, getting punted in turn 9 left the Gulf Western Falcon facing the wall and waiting for the rest of the field to pass before I could get going again. On this tight track it was very frustrating to see the field go by but we ended up working our way back to P22. The car was great and we had excellent pace and this was very pleasing knowing tomorrow was another day and the car was right on the money.”
“For the final race of the year I started in P22. I think I was up about four spots into Turn 1 then in mid corner I got hit in the back of the car, recovered then bang! Aaron Tebb’s Commodore had turned me sideways into the turn and then simply drove into me on exit and slammed the Gulf Western Oil Falcon into the concrete barrier. The actual impact moved the concrete barrier and the car was a mess. I was taken to the Medical Centre for a check-up, and it is an absolute credit to the volunteers and medical staff for their professionalism; they do a fantastic job.”
“Whilst In the medical centre I saw the balance of the race on TV and had to agree with of many of my fellow competitor’s comments after the race that the Dunlop Series driving standards really need to be looked at. I am the first to admit I have made plenty of mistakes but what was going on out there today was just dumb.”
“We as a group need to be a bit smarter than this and penalties must be applied. The driving standards must improve especially when we have 30+ cars at every round. Nobody wants to go home with a bent car and I’m sure Channel 7 doesn’t want to show safety cars going round a circuit on a live TV telecast. And of course the sponsors definitely don’t want to see little return for their investment if the particular car they are sponsoring not circulating.”
Well all I can say is I have learnt a lot in 2013 and really appreciate all the support from my sponsors, supporters and MSR. Bring on 2014!”
Michael Hector is proudly supported by Gulf Western Oil, Carrington Equipment Group, CEG Rentals, McCluskey Insurance Brokers, Wurth, Griffiths Transport Newcastle, Doherty Heavy Equipment Repairs, and Action Plant Support & Koala Glass Newcastle