For Daniel Eggleton, a podium finish showing strong pace is hopefully a sign of a successful 2013/2014 season. With a number of new highly ranked drivers stepping into the Sprintcar class and existing teams running strong campaigns – competition is set to be the toughest it’s been in the History of Sprintcar racing.
Early on in the night starting from the rear of race one with extremely slippery track conditions out wide, there was little movement in field positions with opportunities arising only from those in front who made the slightest of mistakes. Daniel made the most gains than any other driver on track making his way from 9th to 6th across the line.
“There was nothing up high, the tracks still very wet up there. We just had to make sure we had our car in a position to make a pass if the car in front slipped up a little.” – Daniel
By race two the track had completely changed with a very quick mid to outside line, starting off grid 3 proved to be a disadvantage as Daniel slipped back off the start on the bottom. USA Professional, Jonathan Allard had grabbed the lead however Daniel managed to fight his way up into second and stay with the American. Into lapped traffic and Allard widened the gap to finish 2 seconds ahead of Daniel.
“The tracks a mixed bag, it’s very quick but quite rough – I felt we could have gone quicker but with the risk of bouncing off a rut into the wall relatively high it wasn’t worth it” – Daniel
Qualifying 3rd for the feature was a great start to the opening night also being the Auckland Sprintcar Championships where last season Daniel placed 2nd behind USA’s Jonathan Allard. Again on the bottom would hurt Daniel’s opportunities of the start, at the green Daniel held 3rd up until a restart which have changed to a double file format rather than previously single file. Off the bottom Daniel slipped back to 5th, a retirement of race leader Dean Brindle due to noise issues helped the remainder of the field and Daniel soon found himself battling Jamie McDonald for 2nd. Unfortunately laps were running out and Daniel, who was trying everything to get past on a relatively narrow track had to settle for 3rd position in the Auckland Championships.
“I thought we may have had a chance to catch the leader if we could get into 2nd early but we couldn’t quite get the pass done on the outside, Jamie made no mistakes in front of us which is what we needed on a track that was hard to pass on – we’re really happy to bring the Vernon & Vazey / ENZED car home in one piece and on the podium! The team did a great job all night” - Daniel
Daniel & the Eggleton Motorsport team would like to thank the continual support of sponsors: Vernon & Vazey Truck Parts, ENZED Total Hose & Fitting Service, ParkerStore, ELF Lubricants, Gibbs Signs, ORG Race Gear, Tracksport Engines, LG Panel & Paint, Autolink, PPG Industries and Fragola.