I’m still not out of the title race
IKNOW I said that last weekend’s round in Tassie was do or die for my championship hopes, but I am still a slim chance, despite the setback last Sunday. I’m not really a betting man, but I’d still put a bet on me as a long outsider.
The bad luck I had at the weekend would now have to strike all three in front of me to have any chance. But I haven’t given up and will keep the pedal down until it becomes a mathematical impossibility.
It’s a shame that such bad luck can strike after having a good run all the way from Phillip Island. After Saturday’s race I had hauled back a stack of points and the car was sensational and exciting to drive.
On Sunday it rained, and it all started to unravel when I came out of the hairpin and pulled the gearshift back to second and the bolt and thread came straight out of the front mount.
I had the adrenalin pumping because I was running second to Frosty and quite comfortable at that point. So when it all disappeared from my grasp it was a bitter disappointment.
We came in and re-drilled it, tapped it and put in a helicoil. We then went back out 19 laps down, but still looking for some points.
However, it seemed the incident weakened the two other mounting points and it broke again.
We then parked it because we couldn’t do enough laps because you have to complete 70 per cent of the race and greet the checkered flag to score points.
It was possibly the most disappointing weekend we’ve had as a race team.
Our debrief with team boss Roland Dane could have become a shouting match but it wasn’t.
He’s obviously not pleased and when he’s like that he’ll share his view of the world. He’s very passionate and focused.
However, I think that the time between the end of the race and the debrief allowed him to cool down a little more, so basically Roland left it up to us to analyse it and figure it all out.
There’s no good dwelling on it. We have to make changes to fix what has happened and that is that.
As for sorting out the gearshift problem, from what we can understand, a couple of teams have had the same problem with the sequential gearbox.
It has highlighted a problem that the bolt set-up may not be strong enough. It’s a part everyone runs, so the problem needs to be sorted out as a category, not by a team.