Tom Hayman has enjoyed an impressive weekend at the Hi-Tec Oils Super Series, Round 5 at Sydney Motorsport Park. The series newcomer, who is usually a regular competitor in the National Trans-Am Series placed no lower than fifth across the two-day event.
The youngster came out firing, placing third and first respectively in the first two practice sessions. Hayman continued to turn heads qualifying third and ultimately, scoring a spot in the Top Ten Shootout. Times were close in the Shootout and the 19-year-old managed a 1:33.5720 to put him fifth in the first race, which would be under lights.
As the race unfolded, Hayman’s patience prevailed, and he was able to hang back and take passing opportunities as they arose. Contact between Josh Haynes and Cody Gillis helped to elevate Hayman’s position in the 10-lap race and he managed to finish an impressive third.
It was straight back into racing on Saturday with three races to round out the weekend, the final race to be under lights. Hayman continued his speed into Race 2, who had his eyes forward as he pushed the Di Pronto Concreting Mustang to its limits. Hayman managed to pass Dylan Thomas for second into Turn 2 on Lap 9, whilst also setting the fastest lap of the race on Lap 10, with a 1:35.7. Hayman crossed the line in an impressive second.
Several Safety Cars cut Race 3 short, with the field totaling 8 race laps. Hayman chased Cox for first position again, however; a final dash to the flag saw the #30 Ford Mustang cross the line in second.
Race 4 was a 15-lap thriller, with Hayman yet again hunting down Cox for the top position. The duo battled for the duration of the race; however Cox took the chequered flag by 2.3seconds.
“It was a great weekend. We had quite a lot of speed in the car, which we’re very happy with given we’re going there in the Trans-Am Series in two and a half weeks,” said Hayman.
“It was a very productive weekend. We tried a lot of changes in the car and we were able to extract some more speed out of it. We came second for the weekend, which was absolutely awesome.
“The atmosphere around the track was phenomenal and everyone in this new category is very welcoming. I had such a great time and we can’t thank everyone enough for that.
“We had some really good battles with Jordan Cox throughout the weekend and a few other drivers, they definitely kept me on my toes. It made for a challenging weekend, but hopefully I can carry the speed over to the Trans-Am Series at the end of this month.
“I’m glad I was able to experience the night races as it really helped to prep me for when we head back there in two-weeks time. We’ll be racing under lights again in the Trans-Am Series at SMP, so it was great to get a handle on it.
“I’ve never experienced racing at night and under lights like that before. It was pretty awesome and I absolutely loved it. I can’t wait to get back there and hopefully show some good speed as we head into the last two rounds of the championship.
“A big thank you to our sponsors and supporters for your continued support. We wouldn’t be able to do it without you all. It really means a lot.
“I’m looking forward to getting back on track again early November!”
Hayman will take to the track for the National Trans-Am Series at Sydney Motorsport Park 3-4 November, then returning one week later for the Supercheap Auto Bathurst International on 10-12 November.
Friday 13th October
Practice 1 – 3rd
Practice 2 – 1st
Qualifying B – 3rd
Top Ten Shootout – 5th
Race 1 – 3rd
Saturday 14th October
Race 2 – 2nd
Race 3 – 2nd
Race 4 – 2nd