The Gulf Wester Oil FG Falcon of Michael Hector has finished Round 1 of the 2013 Dunlop Series with a strong start to the year. Firmly in the Top 20 after the two races on the demanding Adelaide Parklands track, Hector was very pleased with the performance improvements made by Matt Stone Racing to his car over summer.
After two practice sessions, Michael was in P21 but was sure there was more in the car and himself for Qualifying and the longer for 2014 races. Qualifying was also split into two sessions each day and Hector was less than happy as he slipped back a number of spots for the Friday twilight race. But as is a familiar trait, the Gulf Western Oil Falcon was soon on the move in the race making up five spots on Lap 1. The good news did not last as a tangle at Turn 9 sent Michael backwards and from then it was a matter of head down to make up as many spots as possible. As the light faded the race came alive towards the end and Hector had again made ground to finish in P23.
Qualifying for race two was held on Saturday and although Michael was quick he did not quite get the result he wanted and would start from P23.
For much of the race Michael was running between South Australian drivers Adam Wallis and Dan Day, but broke free in the final laps to finish in a very promising 17th spot. A good result for the Gulf Western Oil team ensuring a solid batch of points for the series.
“All in all we had a solid start to the season, after the mayhem from the last 2013 round in Homebush. Late last year Matt Stone Racing took the opportunity to change the Gulf Western Oil Falcon to the same spec as the as the other ex SBR cars in the team. This was the first time I had driven the car with these changes in race conditions and it was like starting over again! The car has really been transformed in the areas such as turn in, mid corner grip and power out. The car was exceptional and I really now have to adjust my driving to suit the new package. Although we had a few race setbacks, I am happy to take the points and focus on our next round at Winton. You really have to get points in every round given the Dunlop Series is only contested over 7 rounds. The longer races and split qualifying are a great initiative and I am aiming to maintain consistency and look after my tyres in this new format to achieve the results we know the team can deliver.” Michael Hector commented after the 1st Dunlop Series Round.
Round 2 of the Dunlop Series takes place at Winton on April 4 – 6.
Michael Hector is proudly supported by Gulf Western Oil, Carrington Equipment Group, CEG Rentals, McCluskey Insurance Brokers, Wurth, Griffiths Transport Newcastle, CZL Group, RTS Group, Spero Demolition & Koala Glass Newcastle