Hot ac­tion on the track

The Cobram Courier - - SPORT - By Pa­trick Tansey

Round four of the Aus­tralian Pul­sar Rac­ing As­so­ci­a­tion at Win­ton mo­tor race­way brought plenty of thrills for Co­bram racer Ben Hamil­ton.

Driv­ing his own Nis­san pul­sar race car, Hamil­ton, 23, had a bril­liant time on the Septem­ber 28 to 30 week­end, fin­ish­ing on the podium.

‘‘I’m su­per stoked with how the week­end turned out,’’ Hamil­ton said.

‘‘My aim was to get on the podium since Win­ton is my home cir­cuit and I felt I had the car speed to do it.’’

He lit up the track in qual­i­fy­ing and man­aged to reach the fastest speed of his ca­reer to fin­ish fourth.

In race one he felt the car was okay but did not quite have the speed to run in the top three, sub­se­quently he fin­ished fourth.

‘‘I had a bril­liant race in the sec­ond hit out and had a great bat­tle with mul­ti­ple cars and ended up with a ca­reer best ef­fort to fin­ish third,’’ Hamil­ton said.

‘‘Race three was again tricky and I bat­tled hard and ul­ti­mately came fourth.’’

For the mo­tor en­thu­si­ast, the equa­tion for a podium fin­ish was sim­ple. He needed to fin­ish third in race four to taste glory.

‘‘The car was ‘on rails’ and I was chal­leng­ing for the race lead early but came third, which was enough to claim my first ever podium fin­ish which I was ab­so­lutely rapt with,’’ Hamil­ton said.

Hamil­ton said it was a thrilling ex­pe­ri­ence to fi­nally achieve a dream he has been work­ing so hard to­ward.

‘The sup­port I had at the cir­cuit was great, with mul­ti­ple fam­ily mem­bers cheer­ing me on. It was also very hum­bling to re­ceive great ap­plause from my rac­ing com­pe­ti­tion that re­alised that it was my great­est re­sult yet, in my very short ca­reer,’’ he said.

‘‘I have to credit a lot of my suc­cess on the week­end to my very sup­port­ive spon­sors in fu­ture fit­ness 24/7, North Vic En­gines, Co­bram Hire, In­tune Au­to­mo­tive, Betta Home Liv­ing Co­bram and Ar­tavilla Em­po­rium. I lit­er­ally wouldn’t be able to race with­out them.’’

Af­ter his suc­cess on the week­end, Hamil­ton now sits in a ca­reer high po­si­tion of third in the cham­pi­onship, set­ting up what will be an ex­cit­ing end­ing to the sea­son with two rounds to go.

His next race is at Tailem Bend, South Aus­tralia.

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