The Gulf Western Oil V8 Supercar team is on track in Queensland this weekend for Round 5 of the 2014 Dunlop Series. Although Michael Hector is a native of Newcastle, the Matt Stone Racing team have the Ipswich located Queensland Raceway as its nominated test track.
Since joining the squad in 2013 with his ex Stone Bros Ford Falcon, Hector has run a number of test days at the Queensland track and is hoping a ‘home’ ground advantage will continue his push up the 30 car field.
Two practice sessions were held today in almost perfect conditions and the Gulf Western Oil team made good progress from the green flag. A solid hit out in session one saw Michael just knocking on the Top 20, chasing one of his round by round rivals Brett Stewart. The second session was run later in the day and as so often happens at QR, conditions were changing.
Hector and his crew focused on set up at the expense of running new tyres to ensure the car delivers a good race package. The Gulf Western Oil driver has been one of the big movers in the longer 40 minute race formats this year but by his own admission, Qualifying is still a big hurdle.
Hector finished the day in P23 with more to come when the new Dunlop slicks are bolted on for Qualifying.
Round 5 of the 2014 Dunlop Series will be run over two x 29 lap races this weekend at Queensland Raceway.
#60 Michael Hector – Gulf Western Oil Falcon
“Today was all about getting a good set up for the Gulf Western Oil Falcon. We ran used tyres all day rather than throw new rubber on it. I know most of the other guys did so to be just outside the Top 20 is a pretty good day’s work.
“I have been able to make ground in just about every race this year, so at our test track here at Ipswich I am really looking to try and push up to that Top 15. The field this weekend is another cracker so we should be in for some great racing.”
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.