Hamil­ton fin­ishes on a high

The Cobram Courier - - SPORT -

Co­bram race car driver Ben Hamil­ton fin­ished his sea­son in the Aus­tralian Pul­sar Rac­ing As­so­ci­a­tion on a high at Win­ton Mo­tor Race­way.

Hamil­ton, 23, fin­ished third in the over­all cham­pi­onship stand­ings and the end of the event on Novem­ber 17-18.

The week­end was not with­out com­pli­ca­tions for Hamil­ton, hav­ing prob­lems with an over­heat­ing en­gine, which meant he could not drive the car at full ca­pac­ity.

‘‘The week­end was re­ally tricky be­cause of the en­gine is­sues, which was dis­ap­point­ing, be­cause I qual­i­fied fifth and was only about a sec­ond off first,’’ Hamil­ton said.

‘‘I thought the car was go­ing to be in re­ally good touch, but un­for­tu­nately as the week­end pro­gressed, I had to back it down be­cause the en­gine was a chance of blow­ing if I pushed it too hard.’’

De­spite me­chan­i­cal prob­lems, Hamil­ton had fin­ishes of fifth, fourth and sixth in his three races across the week­end, see­ing him in third po­si­tion at the end of the six-race sea­son, his goal be­fore the sea­son started.

‘‘I was ac­tu­ally math­e­mat­i­cally still in with a shot for the ti­tle head­ing into Win­ton, but re­al­is­ti­cally it was go­ing to be a long shot,’’ he said.

‘‘So my main ob­jec­tive was to get third place and I fin­ished sixth in the round, which was just enough to see me hold onto third place over­all.’’

With im­prove­ments made to his Pul­sar be­fore the start of the sea­son, Hamil­ton im­proved on last sea­son’s ef­forts, when he sev­enth over­all.

‘‘I had a terrible sea­son last year due to re­li­a­bil­ity is­sues with my car, which re­ally ham­pered its speed, so to fin­ish third this sea­son con­vinced me that I do have a lot of po­ten­tial and that the car can per­form well,’’ he said.

Hamil­ton said now the sea­son was done, he only had pos­i­tive re­flec­tions on how it panned out.

‘‘Even though it was a dis­ap­point­ing fi­nal round in a way, I’m re­ally happy with how the sea­son pro­gressed be­cause I set the goal to fin­ish on the podium come the end of the sea­son and I achieved that,’’ he said.

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