Whilst round 2 of the Trico Trans Am Series didn’t quite go to plan for Tom Hayman; with multiple mechanical issues impacting the #30 Di Prinzio Mustang’s pace; there’s no taking away from the 19-year-old his grit and determination. 

 

There were hopes that Symmons Plains Raceway would boast some much-anticipated championship points, but unfortunately Hayman’s pace didn’t quite reflect the results.  

 

Saturday’s qualifying session looked promising with the young racer finishing tenth with only 0:00.6408 to the leader.  

  

Competition was fierce, and despite the field being packed with numerous high profile drivers including James Golding, James Moffat, Tim Slade and Todd Hazlewood – Hayman pushed hard, ultimately crossing the line in 11th for race 1.  

 

“Unfortunately, it wasn’t quite the weekend we were hoping for,” said Hayman.  

 

“We had great pace, but unfortunately didn’t have anything to show for it.  

 

“We qualified 10th and managed to pick up a few positions for race 1; but we just couldn’t get through to the pointy end of the grid.”  

 

Unfortunately, a shifter failure caused dramas for Hayman in race 2 ultimately putting him at the rear of the grid ahead of race 3.  

 

“We experienced a shifter issue in race 2, which was a shame – so we struggled to be able to give it a good crack. That obviously put us at the back of the field, which made it real tough for race 3,” said Hayman.  

 

“We were fighting quite a few mechanical issues over the weekend; brake issues, over heating issues and obviously the shifter – so it wasn’t an ideal weekend.”  

 

Sunday showed promising signs though, with Hayman fighting hard to charge his way to finish 11th in race 3 and 12th in the final race.  

 

“I was glad that I was able to fight my way through the pack for race 3,” said Hayman.  

 

“Whilst I would have preferred to have qualified further up the field to have a better chance – I think we can take some positives away from the weekend. 

 

“Although we didn’t quite get the results we were hoping for, we certainly had a much better weekend than we did at Sandown.  

 

“We’ll re-group and go again for Phillip Island in a month’s time.”  

 

The Trico Trans Am Series next take on Phillip Island April 12-14.  

 

Friday 15th March 

Practice 1 – 13th  

Practice 2 – 12th  

Saturday 16th March 

Qualified – 10th  

Race 1 – 11th  

Race 2 – 20th  

Sunday 17th March 

Race 3 – 11th  

Race 4 – 12th