It was an unfortunate end to Tom Hayman’s first round of the Trans Am Series at Sandown Raceway on the weekend after a mechanical failure forced the #30 Mustang to withdraw from the round after Race 1.
The young racer came out of the gates fast and finished 3rd for the first practice session, with only 0.9s separating the top twelve. A change in setup ahead of practice 3 saw the #30 Mustang drop some positions, ultimately finishing 9th.
“We had quite a bit of bad luck over the weekend,” said Hayman.
“We started off relatively ok, we were third in the first practice session which was great. We went the wrong way with set up ahead of practice 3 and unfortunately went backwards.”
Saturday’s qualifying session was another tight battle, with Hayman crossing the line in 11th.
“We weren’t quite up the pointy end of the field for qualifying. But, we were still pretty happy with 11th considering the talent of the field and how close it was,” said Hayman.
“We found a bit of an issue with the car after qualifying with the throttle cable, it was a bit loose and it only had about three quarters of throttle. We managed to fix that though, and we were pretty confident heading into the first race.
“Unfortunately, it just got worse from there. From lap 4, we lunched a motor and the conrod bolt snapped and it was pretty much a knock-on effect from there. The motor seized and spun me around. There wasn’t much we could do and we decided to end the weekend and get it back to the workshop to repair and ready in time for Tassie.
“We’ll bounce back and be better in Tassie!
“A big thanks to all of my sponsors and supporters. In the meantime, I’m looking forward to the Bathurst 12 Hour this weekend!”
Round 2 of the Shannons SpeedSeries takes place at Symmons Plains, March 15-17.
Friday 9th February
Practice 1 – 3rd
Practice 2 – 9th
Saturday 10th February
Qualifying – 11th
Race 1 – DNF
Race 2 – NA
Sunday 11th February
Race 3 – NA