Tom Hayman made his mark in the opening round of the TA2 Muscle Car Series at Sydney Motorsport Park on the weekend.  

 

The young gun took out third place in race 1, and just missed out on a podium opportunity in Saturday’s race 3.  

 

Here’s what Hayman had to say about the weekend:  

 

“It was a challenging weekend at SMP,” said Hayman.  

 

“We showed some great car speed, which is something we knew we could do. But unfortunately, we kept having mechanical failures – which keeps occurring even though it’s on parts that we’ve been working on and have replaced. So, it was frustrating; we’ll be working hard and getting them all checked out. 

 

“Given the circumstances though, we still managed to come away with some pretty decent results. We qualified in third, with the potential to challenge for pole position however, a mistake from my end on my qualifying lap jeopardised that.  

 

“Race 1 was a pretty stagnant race, we ended up finishing third with only 4-seconds between second and third place. 

 

“From there, the weekend started to go downhill. Race 2 we had a gearbox linkage drama, so we ended up getting stuck in gear again. So, we’ll be looking into that issue and hopefully getting it replaced.  

 

“Race 3, I started dead last in 18th. The car was really quick though and it was only an 8-lap race and I was able to get to P4 which I was absolutely stoked with! I managed to pick up 14 spots in 8 laps and was able to gain eight of them in the first lap, so that was pretty epic. 

 

“That would have had to of been one of the most fun races I’ve done, charging through the back of the field like that. So, it was awesome to get that result.  

 

“Obviously due to having issues in race 2 and coming from the back in the third race (and being a short race) – we still had two fresh tyres left for the last race. Everyone else had used theirs. So, we were pumped up for the race.  

 

“We were starting from fourth and within the first 2 laps we were up to second. Unfortunately, on lap 3 or 4 we had a tyre rod failure and it collapsed into the front left corner coming out of Turn 1, which is one of the fastest spots on the track. So, that was pretty scary. It was also the same failure that we had at the same spot last year. So, it was a bit disappointing to have that happen again.  

 

“We were definitely on for the race win there.  

 

“But it is what it is. Hopefully we have some better luck at the next round!  

 

“A big thanks to everyone for your support! Catch you all soon!”
 

Tom is set to next race at The Bend Motorsport Park, May 31- June 2. Stay tuned for more updates!  

 

Results 

Friday 19th April 

Practice 1 – 2nd  

Practice 2 – 4th  

Qualifying – 3rd  

Race 1 – 3rd  

Saturday 20th April  

Race 2 – 18th  

Race 3 – 4th  

Race 4 – DNF