It was a weekend of raincoats and umbrellas for the sixth and final round of the NZ V8 Ute Racing championship at Hampton Downs last weekend.
“We were thrilled to keep up a solid pace all weekend, thanks to the boys, and finished 4th for the weekend and 6th overall in the championship,” says Geoff ‘SOS’ Spencer, Coresteel V8 ute driver and Coresteel Buildings Manawatu/Whanganui operator.
The qualifying round was completed on a drying track and Geoff was able to put in his fastest lap on the final lap of the session. He secured 4th place, and was then relegated to 3rd due to another racer receiving a penalty.
“Drama is never too far away and we were squeezed on the first lap of race one, then had a punt at the hairpin, sending the Coresteel ute into a big tank slapper, which we managed to hold on to for a solid 3rd place – but brought home a battle-scarred car.”
“Race two was a full reverse grid. Following a lightening start (with the help of a couple of others spinning off in the wet), we were up to 4th after half a lap, which with good car pace, we maintained until the end.”
Race three started under the safety car due to torrential rain. “The utes are under-tyred in the dry and use the same tyre for the wet, so were a bit of a handful! We dropped a couple of spots to finish 6th but kept the car on the island, unlike others who caused a safety car for the final two laps.”
Geoff sends out a huge thanks to all his crew, supporters, family and partners, plus sponsors Coresteel Buildings, Jackson Enterprises, Right Tyres, Roofing Industries, Konnect, Glenn Carroll Transport, Penrite Oils, SOS Rehydrate and Purewax.
“We are so lucky to do something we love with such a good bunch of people.”
Due to the weather the hot laps were cancelled, but will be rescheduled for the next race meet.