The Finance Ezi Racing team had a great start to the season with their two 17 year old â€˜rookiesâ€™ performing extremely well in the Dunlop Development Series. Neither of the young men had raced competitively in the supercar V8 vehicles, or on a street circuit, prior the Clipsal 500 event in Adelaide.
Josh Hunter had a bit of a learning curve in the Clipsal, missing the first practice, his number 44 Ford ended up 22nd out of 30 cars after 15 laps of the second practice session. And even though he thought it would be a tough weekend having little experience in these cars, he couldn’t wait to get out there on the Saturday for qualifying and the first main race.
Ending up 19th in qualifying he gained a heap of time, tagging the fast runners, which looked very promising. Being his first time on a street circuit, he had a solid day for the Finance Ezi Racing team. Progressing to 14th he ended in the top half of the field so was pretty happy overall.
However, Race 2 was a different affair when he was taken out on the first lap at the turn 9 hairpin. But thatâ€™s racing!
Andre Heimgartner had a solid first day in the Finance Ezi No 64 Falcon. A bit frustrated not cutting any laps in the first practice round, with a diff issue, he turned some great laps in the second practice with a strong pace going into qualifying.
In Race 1, in his own words, â€œMade a rookie error early on which damaged my front left. This dictated the rest of my race bringing the Finance Ezi Falcon home in 14th.â€
But overall, Andre was happy with his performance in the final race finishing 11th and should be in the top 10 points-wise. He couldn’t be happier after his first weekend racing for Finance Ezi Racing.
Qualified 19th, Finished 19th
Qualified 17th, Finished 11th