Gulf Western Oil V8 Supercar driver Michael Hector left Queensland Raceway with little to show for his efforts in Round 5 of the Dunlop Series on the weekend. A promising Friday practice did not translate to the expected grid position after qualifying as Michael had to contend with red flags, traffic and a track soaked with oil on the front straight.
Confident of moving up the field in the longer 40 minute race formats, Hector was once again spun out of contention on Lap 6 after gaining six spots. The first Dunlop Series race was action packed and run under three Safety Car periods, but after a visit to the pits and a further incident at Turn 2, Hector scrambled home in P22, albeit some laps down on the leaders.
Worse was to come for Hector who arrived at QR with a bad virus and came close to withdrawing from the event. Deciding to run, Sunday’s final race was destined to be a better outcome. The team decided to start Michael form the Pit Lane and keep him out of the rough and tumble of the early laps. Despite feeling ill in the car, Hector pushed and made ground in the Gulf Western Oil machine. He gained seven spots in the final wash up to move into the Top 20; however the team were wondering just what they have to do to avoid other incidents on track.
A long break now awaits the Dunlop Series field with the next outing to be a newly announced 250km race as part of the Bathurst 1000.
#60 Michael Hector – Gulf Western Oil Falcon
“We were all smiles after practice on Friday. The car was good; we ran old tyres and looked to get the hard work of the Matt Stone racing guys paying off. We had some issues in qualifying and I just did not seem to be able to get a clear lap, however the race pace looked OK.
“Race 1 was crazy. I came across accident after accident until finally getting involved in one myself. No fault of my own just Pollicina running into the back of me and taking me out. It is hard to swallow when you are making ground and just get punted off. We finished well back after a couple of trips to pit lane.
“I was crook on Sunday, but did not want to let my great band of sponsors down. After the Pit Lane start we made reasonable progress and just got back into the Top 20. I was sure glad to see the chequered flag! We did bag a few points in the Dunlop Series championship, but the whole crew felt we should have come away with a much better result overall.”
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.