The Dunlop Series returned to the streets of Townsville for Round 4 of the 2014 championship with an exciting first leg journey on Saturday. After a frustrating practice, Gulf Western Oil driver Michael Hector went into Qualifying having only posted a few laps due to mechanical issues on Friday. A P29 start was not where the team had expected to be, but Hector was confident that the car was in good shape and he could move up in the scheduled 29 lap race.
As often happens at street venues, there was action a plenty with cars spearing off and two Safety Car periods. Hector was on the move quickly up to P25 after 4 laps and battling with Paul McKinnon and young gun Jack LeBrocq. As the race panned out so did the Gulf Western Oil Falcons’ speed improve as his fastest times came in the final laps of the race. The Safety Cars took their toll on the race distance and the chequered flag flew on Lap 26, three laps earlier than planned. Hector moved well inside the Top 20 with a handful of laps to run and was finally classified in P17, just over a second behind the cars battling for 15th place.
#60 Michael Hector – Gulf Western Oil Falcon
“We had a Friday to forget with a series of niggling problems which left us very short on track time. I need those laps to get the miles in the car so we went to Qualifying a little behind the eight ball. But the MSR boys got the car in good shape and we set about trying to make up the ground from the back in the race.
“For once I was able to avoid being bashed around and got through unscathed to get the Gulf Western Ford up to P17. We were quick towards the end so I was a little disappointed that the race was shortened, but it does set us up well to go again on Sunday.”
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.