NOVOCASTRIAN Motorsport drivers Drew Russell, Aaren Russell and Michael Hector all scored their best race finishes of the 2012 Dunlop V8 Supercar Series at Winton Motor Raceway on Sunday.
In the second of three races during Round 6 of the series, Drew Russell was fifth, leading home brother Aaren Russell in sixth, with series rookie Michael Hector 13th.
For the weekend, Drew Russell scored his fourth Top 10 round result of the season to move up to ninth in the standings. After qualifying 15th, the 24-year-old took his Carrington Equipment Group Falcon to 13th in Race 1, and kept his head as others lost theirs in Race 2 to finish a fine fifth.
From 10th on the grid in the final, Russell again raced strongly, finishing ninth to secure 10th for the weekend.
Aaren Russell made similar progress throughout the first two-thirds of the weekend. From 16th on the grid, he took the CEG Rentals Falcon to 14th in Race 1 and sixth in Race 2.
However, the 21-year-old’s chances of claiming his first Top 10 round result of the season were dashed when he was turned around on Lap 2 of the final. After a precautionary visit to pitlane, Russell finished the race in 18th. The result left him 13th for the weekend – still a high for the season – and he remains 17th in the points.
Visiting a circuit he’s experienced before for just the second time of the year, Michael Hector scored his biggest points haul of his rookie campaign. Having qualified 19th, Hector finished 18th in Race 1 and 13th in Race 2. With 16th in the final, Hector secured 16th for the weekend to sit 21st in the standings.
The 2012 Dunlop V8 Supercar Series concludes on the streets of Homebush in Sydney on 30 November – 2 December.
“It was nice to have another trouble-free weekend and add another Top 10 round result to my tally for the year. Our goal is to finish inside the Top 10 in the championship, and the weekend really helped consolidate that, now that we’ve moved up to ninth.
“We found and rectified a set-up irregularity with my car after qualifying, and from there our pace was pretty good in the races. Aaren and I were able to keep it clean when a lot of people around us were making mistakes, particularly in Race 2. That said, it definitely wasn’t handed to us, we had a lot of good machinery applying pressure from behind in each race.
“We’ll go to Homebush in a fortnight and hopefully end the year with another strong weekend.”
“The incident in Race 3 was a shame. We were on for a really good round result.
“I’d already lost some ground trying to avoid an incident in-front of me on the opening lap, then I copped a huge whack in the right-rear corner at the slow corner after the Sweeper on Lap 2. The driver who hit me had been hit from behind by one of the repeat offenders in the series, which is frustrating.
“It was a bit of a downer, the weekend had been going well until that point. We’d all put some good results on the board, and it felt like people in the paddock were noticing.”
“It was another good weekend from my point of view. The goal for this year has always been to make progress each time I’m on the track, and I feel like I’m doing that.
“I’ve driven these sorts of cars around Winton before, but not at this level, so I’m really pleased to set some new personal bests, with 13th in Race 2, 16th for the weekend and the number of points I scored across the weekend.”
Novocastrian Motorsport is proudly supported by Go Karts Go, Carrington Equipment Group, CEG Rentals, Newcastle Commercial Finance, Century Batteries, Mid North Coast Pipelines and Civil, Promac Gearbox and Diff, Steve Koulis Smash Repairs, Koala Glass, Valvoline, Duncan Excavations, Hunter Kitchen King, Mocomm, McCluskey Insurance Brokers, Wurth, Griffiths Transport Newcastle, Burton Visual Signs, Environmental Land Contracting and Lubrimaxx.