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Strong End To The Season For Minda's DVS Campaign
Posted by: newsla on Dec 13, 2013 - 06:48 AM
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Strong End To The Season For Minda's DVS Campaign


After a mixed season in the Dunlop V8 Supercar Series, Minda Motorsport’s Cameron Waters and Sam Walter turned arguably their best performances of the year during the season finale on the streets of Homebush, Waters running comfortably inside the top ten, whilst Walter put in an outstanding drive through the field in race one after dramas in qualifying.

 

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Both drivers were on the pace during practice, and looking forward to a strong qualifying run, but despite an outstanding eighth for the Linde Material Handling/Enzed Commodore of Waters, Sam Walter wasn’t quite so lucky, an unusual driveline vibration which was initially uncovered during practice two forcing the Blackchrome Sports & Workwear Commodore pilot to abandon qualifying on his out lap.

“During practice Sam had reported what he felt was an engine issue, so we brought the car into the pits and started looking for a problem.,” Minda Motorsport team-boss Bruin Beasley explained. “The boys went right through the electrics and the fuel systems and checked pistons but we couldn’t find anything, but replaced some plug leads in the process. The engine was running fine so we sent him back out, but he reported that he could feel something under his bum this time, which turned out to be a driveline issue.

“It looks like a balance weight on the driveshaft had come off, and it was slightly out of alignment which caused the vibration, something which wasn’t obvious when the boys initially checked it, but we were more focused on there being a potentially terminal engine issue.”

With the mechanicals sorted, Walter charged off the rear of the grid, storming past half the field on his way to a 15th placed finish.

“That was pretty satisfying actually,” he admitted post-race. “It was nice to race other drivers and actually make progress through the field. We’re now about where we would have qualified, so we’ll have another crack tomorrow and see what comes.”

Waters too was all smiles, having claimed seventh at the flag, not too far in arrears from the leaders.

“I’ve never raced at Homebush before, so every lap was an experience and an improvement. I tried for a big inside move off the start, but the leaders closed the door, and after that it was just a matter of keeping my nose clean.

“Qualifying was the key, and we were looking good for a third row start until the dying seconds of the session, but it’s certainly been an improvement.”

Off the fourth row for race two, Waters made another strong start but was unable to make any forward progress ahead of the first Safety Car period. On the restart he had newly crowned champion Dale Wood hot on his tail, yet despite mounting pressure and a few ‘love taps’ from behind, it took Wood most of the 12-lap journey to find a way past.

“After the Safety Car I had Dale all over me, and he was certainly using the bumper,” Waters confirmed. “I decided to go defensive and protect my line because I knew that if he was good enough, he’d find a way past, and ultimately he did, but it was clear we had the pace to run with him.

“For me it’s been a great end to the season. The car was faultless and we managed to gain some more valuable championship points to creep into the top ten, so now it’s on to 2014 and with any luck a progression up the order. Thanks though to Bruin and the whole Minda Motorsport team, it has been a good learning year for us.”

Behind Waters, Walter too managed to end the season on a high, claiming a 14th placed finish, in one of his best performances of the season.

“It would have been nice to qualify further forward, but that’s how it goes sometimes - in the end, the result may not have been too much different. We’ve got a straight car and more valuable laps under our belt, now it’s on to Baskerville (Hobart) for our ride day the weekend before Christmas.”

“It has been an outstanding year for us in the Development Series,” Beasley added. “Sam drove to a program and continued to improve with each round, and whilst the qualifying issue this weekend was a setback, I think as a driver, it gave him some extra confidence to drive through the field the way that he did.

“From Cameron’s perspective, in a four year old GRM V8 Supercar, he achieved some outstanding results, and if it wasn’t for some points penalties and a few offs during some vital point scoring races, he would have finished in the top five, and against a field of cars that are straight out of the 2012 ‘main game’, that’s pretty impressive.”

Whilst the Homebush round signals the end of the 2013 season for Minda Motorsport, an announcement came just days afterwards confirming that for the team, that was it, Beasley confirming that as an entity, Minda Motorsport would close its doors for the last time on December 19.

“I’ve been doing this for the best part of 30 years, and I’m tired,” the multiple national championship winning team-owner admitted.

“I’ll stay involved, but I can’t afford the time away from family that I’ve invested into the last ten years full-time, so I’ll go away over Christmas and assess the best thing for me moving into 2014.

“That said, I still have a DVS car and entry ready for the 2014 season, and am happy to talk to potential buyers and drivers about working with them next season as an engineer.

“To everyone that has worked with me, driven for me and been a supporter of Minda Motorsport over the years, thank you, may you have a Happy Christmas with your family, and I look forward to seeing you in the New year.”

To contact Bruin Beasley, please call Minda Motorsport on 03 5995 3943.

Dunlop V8 Supercar Series
Homebush, Sydney, NSW [6-8 December]

Qualifying
1. Ashley Walsh (FG Falcon) - 1:29.1191
2. Steve Owen (FG Falcon) - 1:29.2046
3. Dale Wood (FG Falcon) - 1:29.2701
4. Jack Perkins (VE Commodore) - 1:29.3737
5. Taz Douglas (FG Falcon) - 1:29.7427
8. Cameron Waters (Minda Motorsport VE Commodore) - 1:30.0051
DNQ: Sam Walter (Minda Motorsport VE Commodore) - NTR

Race #1 (16-laps)
1. Ashley Walsh (FG Falcon)
2. Steve Owen (FG Falcon)
3. Jack Perkins (VE Commodore)
4. Taz Douglas (FG Falcon)
5. Andrew Jones (VE Commodore)
7. Cameron Waters (Minda Motorsport VE Commodore)
15. Sam Walter (Minda Motorsport VE Commodore)

Race #2 (12-laps)
1. Steve Owen (FG Falcon)
2. Taz Douglas (FG Falcon)
3. Jack Perkins (VE Commodore)
4. Andrew Jones (VE Commodore)
5. Chris Pither (VE Commodore)
7. Cameron Waters (Minda Motorsport VE Commodore)
14. Sam Walter (Minda Motorsport VE Commodore)

Championship points (after seven rounds of seven);
1. Dale Wood (1772 points), 2. Ashley Walsh (1508), 3. Andrew Jones (1425), 4. Jack Perkins (1404), 5. Steve Owen (1315), 6. Taz Douglas (1152), 7. Drew Russell (1138), 8. George Miedecke (1135), 9. Aaren Russell (1008), 10. Cameron Waters (956), 22. Sam Walter (535)

2014 Dunlop V8 Supercar Championship - calendar
Rnd#1, February 27-March 2 - Clipsal 500, Adelaide, SA
Rnd#2, April 4-6 - Winton 400, Victoria
Rnd#3, May 16-18 - Perth 400, Barbagallo, WA
Rnd#4, July 4-6 - Townsville 500, Queensland
Rnd#5, August 1-3 - Coates Hire Ipswich 400, Queensland
Rnd#6, October 9-12 - Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000, NSW
Rnd#7, December 5-7 - Homebush, Sydney, NSW


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