Gulf Western Oil V8 Supercar driver Michael Hector arrived at Winton for Round 5 of the 2013 Dunlop Series confident of results to improve his overall position in the points table. What transpired however was not part of his plan.
Friday was wet and wild at Winton with the two Dunlop Series practice sessions littered with Red Flags. This hampered the team from getting the car dialled in and giving Michael vital seat time in the FG Falcon. The Matt Stone Racing crew worked hard on all three cars but headed into Qualifying feeling a little behind the eight ball. Hector suited up for Qualifying looking for a good result in the split sessions, but had his best lap excluded and would line up in P33.
Race 1 had the normal Winton Turn 1 mayhem with Stoner and a number of others eliminated. Michael avoided the mess and moved up some seven spots to be in P26 when the Safety Car let the field go. He would drop one spot before the flag but a 27th place finish was good progress.
The reverse Top 10 grid race greeted the field on Sunday morning and the Gulf Western Oil Team were hoping to continue the march up the field, however Michael could only post a P31 finish after a battle went sour as Hobson nailed the Falcon and spun him at Turn 11. The final 12 lap race once again saw Michael climbing up the field but a wild ride off the track at the notorious Sweeper and a soggy outfield was the last straw as the car was bogged and took no further part in the race. A frustrating end to a difficult weekend.
A rather subdued Michael commented after Race 3, “It was a really, really tough weekend. You never plan on these, but it is just the way it unfolded. We could not seem to take a trick from the moment we rolled the Gulf Western Oil Falcon onto the track on Friday. It was wet and greasy on Friday, I got punted again which sent me to rear of the grid then ended up bogged in the infield. Not much I can add to that!”
The 6th Round of the Dunlop Series will be held at the Supercheap 1000 at Bathurst in early October.
Michael Hector sits in 27th position in the 2013 Championship.
Michael Hector is proudly supported by Gulf Western Oil, Carrington Equipment Group, CEG Rentals, McLuskey Insurance Brokers, Wurth, Griffiths Transport Newcastle, Doherty Heavy Equipment Repairs, and Action Plant Support & Koala Glass Newcastle