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Podium Finish To The Season For Image Racing
Posted by: newsla on Dec 13, 2013 - 06:48 AM
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Podium Finish To The Season For Image Racing

“What a year,” Taz Douglas celebrated after completing his second podium result of the season in the final race of the 2013 Dunlop V8 Supercar Series.. “It’s been a real up and down season, but we’ve stuck to our guns, and this is the reward.


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“Sadly we had a bit of a mixed weekend which started off badly when I clipped the wall ten minutes into the first practice session. The car wasn’t 100% right but I pressed on and just misjudged the corner whilst I was trying to get my head around how to improve the setup. That cost us valuable time because we didn’t make it back for the rest of the session with a broken pin in the bottom of the upright.

“It wasn’t a big hit, but the back end slid out on the exit of the corner and the tyre barrier just dragged the front around and we clipped the wall, so session one over.

“The team worked brilliantly to get us out for the next session, banged out the bent panels and away we went again. I’d had all sorts of problems with the back chicane, I just couldn’t get the car to work there, it was mad, so I said to my engineer Laurie [Frawley] that I needed him to do something special to get the car to work there as well as the rest of the circuit, and to the team’s credit by the end of the weekend they found a solution.”

Session two saw the former ‘main-game’ pilot inside the top six, with a view to starting a row further forward in qualifying, but luck again served to hamper his forward progress..

“I was still struggling with the chicane and I locked the rears and spun during qualifying and unfortunately clipped a kerb which popped the tyre off the bead. It was still on the wheel, and still inflated so I got it back to the pits.

“As the guys tried to get the car up on the air jacks, they realised I’d also torn the air jack out on that corner too, so Terry [Wyhoon] went ‘old school’ NASCAR on me and grabbed a trolley jack and we got the job done the hard way.

“I was still suffering from a bent shock [absorber], so it was bit hairy but I needed to bag a time before the session ended because by that stage I was 20th, so I had a crack and grabbed fifth which was pretty good, but it might have been better.

“I got a pretty good start in race one, but Andy Jones got a blinder behind me and we went into the first turn side by side. We clipped and that buckled a rim, so it was not nice to drive, but I managed to stick with Perkins and Dale Wood, and took fourth after Woody came unstuck late in the race.

“Sadly I got an horrendous start in race two, and in order to hang on to my second row starting position I made a big dive-bomb move down the inside into turn one to be third, and then took Perkins at the end of the straight mid-race for second. By then though Steve Owen had disappeared so I just kept on pushing, but with the Safety Car interventions, racing laps were limited so we couldn’t mount an assault, but we’ll take second every day.”

“That’s testament to how hard Taz and the team have worked all year,” Image Racing team-boss Terry Wyhoon admitted. “It’s been a tough year, but by season’s end we were right where we wanted to be when a lot of our rivals were going backwards.

“As Taz has said a number of times this year, imagine what would happen if we had a clean weekend without the little issues and incidents, we may very well be the ones to beat. We’ll go away now and debrief the year and assess what will happen in 2014, but with 12 of months experience now with this car, I think we’ll be genuine contenders next year for race wins, and quite possibly the title.”

“For now I would like to thank all the ARVO/Image Racing team and our valued supporters for their involvement in this project over the last ten months, and I wish them all a safe and happy Christmas. There’s not a whole lot of time until the first race of the 2014 season (Clipsal 500 Adelaide, 27 February - 2 March), so we’ll go away and assess what needs to be done and come out all guns blazing after Christmas,” Douglas added. “Happy New Year!”

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

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 (ARVO/Image Racing FG Falcon) - 1:29.7427

Race #1 (16-laps)
1. Ashley Walsh (FG Falcon)
2. Steve Owen (FG Falcon)
3. Jack Perkins (VE Commodore)
4. Taz Douglas (ARVO/Image Racing FG Falcon)
5. Andrew Jones (VE Commodore)
Race #2 (12-laps)
1. Steve Owen (FG Falcon)
2 Taz Douglas (ARVO/Image Racing FG Falcon)
3. Jack Perkins (VE Commodore)
4. Andrew Jones (VE Commodore)
5. Chris Pither (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)

2014 Dunlop V8 Supercar Series
Rnd#1 - Clipsal 500, Adelaide, SA - 27 February - 2 March
Rnd#2 - Winton 400, Benalla, VIC - 4-6 April
Rnd#3 - Perth 400, Barbagallo, WA - 16-18 May
Rnd#4 - Townsville 500, QLD - 4-6 July
Rnd#5 - Ipswich 400, QLD - 1-3August
Rnd#6 - Bathurst 1000, NSW - 9-12 October
Rnd#7 - Sydney 500, Homebush, NSW - 5-7 December

ARVO Lager
Casella, the family-owned Australian business famous for its success in the wine industry, took the bold and exciting step into the beer market with the launch of a new premium lager, ARVO 51 during 2012.

It started in April last year, when Casella created the ‘Perfect Lager Project’ - a mission to discover what flavour profiles appealed the most to beer drinkers in order to help the company brew a lager Australians would love. Around 3,000 people took part using an innovative iPhone app that enabled them to rate their beer drinking moments and submit valuable information to Casella’s Brew Masters about preferred flavour profiles and tastes.

The result, ARVO 51, a thirst quenching lager with subtle hoppy characters, a touch of fresh fruitiness and a finish as crisp as a glacial wind - just the ticket for those long, hot Aussie summers.

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