Now the first round V8 racing dust has settled, Finance Ezi Racing is introducing its Development Series team and team drivers to the world. An official team launch event is being held as a private function at the Marriott Hotel where Brett ‘Crusher’ Murray will host an entertaining Q&A session with some special guest personalities.
The event is preceded by a police escorted drive through the streets of Surfers Paradise, starting at the Police Station on Cypress Avenue and idling along Cavil1 and
Orchid Aves turning onto the esplanade and terminating at the Marriott Hotel’s front door. Guests at the Marriott will wonder who has checked in when they notice fully
race prepared V8s parked by the Concierge’s desk.
The Finance Ezi Racing team has had a great start to the season with their two young rookies’ performing extremely well in the first round of 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, 17 years old, ended up 19th in qualifying where he gained a lot of time, tagging the fast runners, which looked very promising. He had a solid day for the Finance Ezi Racing team’s number 44 V8. Progressing to 14th he ended in the top half of the field so was pretty happy overall. However, the second race was a different affair when he was taken out on the first lap at the turn 9 hairpin. But
that’s racing! This left him in 18th overall position in the series – out of the 32 competitors.
Andre Heimgartner, the team’s other 17 year old, had a solid first day in the Finance Ezi Number 64V8 Falcon. He turned some great laps in practice with a strong pace going into qualifying. In Race 1, in his own words, “Made 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.” But overall, Andre was happy with his performance in the final race apart from occasional bad manners from other drivers, finishing loth, and sits at 13th over all in the series. He couldn’t have been happier after his first weekend driving for Finance Ezi Racing.
Both young men will be back behind the wheel in the next Dunlop Development Series race on May 3rd at Barbagallo in Western Australia. Another driver featuring the Finance Ezi Racing colours, of the bright yellow and black livery, is Ben Grice, son of legendary race driver Alan Grice, racing in the Suzuki Swift challenge Series. The first race being at Mallala, South Australia on the l1th of April. Damian Ward is on the team and whilst driving one of the biggest rigs for his job – a mining truck – is racing an Aussie Racing Car, one of the smallest race vehicles in competition. In the second round at Symmonds Plains he encountered a few
technical difficulties and came in 11th. Currently he is third in the Rookies standings.
His next outing is at Queensland Raceway at the end of July.
The team is rounded off with Maurie Picketing (team owner) competing in the Khumo V8 Series in his Number 10 Falcon. The first race of this series was at Sydney Raceway where he had to navigate not knowing what gear it was in as the electronic
control unit was misbehaving. And even though he fought to keep the car in the mix was disappointed when a tyre blew and he left the track at a massive 256kph. No damage done and all repairs complete he’ll be on the track at Mallala, South
Australia, on April l1th.
Note: V8 Street Drive Through. Cypress Ave to Cavill Ave, Orchid Ave, Elkhorn Ave, Esplanade, Staghorn Ave to Surfers Paradise Boulevard, Cypress Ave and along
Cypress Ave to Marriott, on 1 7 ~Ap~ril , starting 11.05am – 11.15am.