29th DECEMBER 2012
A great crowd turned out for round 6 of the championship series at Western Springs, weather wise it couldn’t have been better. Due to the increasing number of Sprintcars amongst round 2 of the International Midget series there was a change in race format, rather than 2 heats and a feature race a passing points system was used with a single race each, a B-main to sort positions 13-20 into the feature.
Daniel drew grid 6 in group two alongside USA driver Jonathan Allard off position 5, the track went dry early on in the night making setup more critical to perfect on such a track. Off the start Daniel quickly moved into 3rd in the opening lap, a lap later saw a yellow come out for Jonathan Allard in the #0 USA car that made contact with the wall. Daniel was trying to move forward further but had to settle for 3rd, it was a good result ending up 3rd qualifier straight into the feature race.
Due to a marble draw for the top 3 rows, the invert ended up with the Vernon & Vazey / ENZED car starting from the front row on position 2 alongside American Ricky Logan who won the heat Daniel took out 3rd in.
The track had become very dark, slick and dry with a lot of rubber being laid down on the surface for the feature race. Daniel got a great start and pulled a convincing lead in the opening laps, even into lapped traffic on a very tough surface Daniel didn’t slow and a top podium finish was looking imminent until a third of the way through the race the front left shock broke away from the axle. Without the shock the front axle was bouncing out of control like a pogo-stick, Daniel managed to carry on as best as he could but eventually slipped back to 3rd and in the last couple of laps fell to 5th.
“I’m pretty gutted”, said Daniel. “The crew had the car just perfect, everything was going great. I got a little worried coming into lapped traffic but managed to get through them alright until I started feeling a massive vibration through the car and throwing me off line, I considered pulling off but then it stopped for a second. I couldn’t figure out what it might be, the engine was fine so being a bit cautious I carried on later to find out our shock had broken off so in the end it was great just to finish where we did!”
The Vernon & Vazey / ENZED team look forward to two more meetings at Western Springs leading up to the New Zealand Sprintcar Championships held on the 5th of January at Western Springs.