MEDIA RELEASE/Bayley Hall Racing – Photos: Velocity Magazine
Bayley Hall found the good, the bad and the ugly side of the Mount Panorama circuit, across the past three days as he took to the track for the first time in the SuperUtes category, driving a Ford Ranger.
After a cautious start, Bayley was thrown into the deep end with wet conditions for the opening race of the weekend. He drove a mature race and stayed out of trouble to bring his car back without damage.
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“Just Getting the opportunity to experience Bathurst was phenomenal and I didn’t take one second for granted, Hall stated. “It was an incredible experience driving this track and all I want to do now is get another chance to drive more of it.”
“My aim was to keep the car straight for the weekend, which I did through most of the weekend and in some pretty tough conditions was also a positive I will take away from my first Bathurst experience.”
“The car was very different to drive and we were plagued by a lag and horsepower drop, which made it tougher than I had expected, however I just put my head down & focused on what I could control.”
Saturday dawned with grey skies, though the rain held off and the sun made an appearance during Saturday morning’s race 2. Bayley battled amongst the midfield runners and looked set for a good result before he became entangled with Cameron Crick, after the series leader spun at the exit of the Chase. Hall tried to avoid the stranded Mitsubishi Triton but made contact with the rear tray, which left both cars with significant damage.
Hall’s team did an outstanding job to get him back on track for the final race, although his race ended prematurely with a mechanical issue which forced him to stop on the side of the circuit.
“The chase crash was really unfortunate,” Bayley admitted. “When I saw what was happening I tried to keep it on the inside but understeered straight into the back of crick which I found pretty devastating because I desperately didn’t want to cause any damage all weekend. A huge credit to my team that put in so much hard work to get me out for the last race and I’m disappointed we didn’t get the results we deserved, but I did have great fun for my last few laps of Bathurst.”
“I’m grateful for the level of support and encouragement that I was given from other drivers as well as the category managers. The two DNF’s were really unfortunate, getting caught up with Crick after he spun and then having the mechanical failure at Sulman Park was definitely not how I hoped to end my weekend but I had a lot of fun across the three days. The racing was both very close and also challenging. I felt I held my own and didn’t let the pressure get to me.”
Bayley Hall remained excited and upbeat about his debut weekend in the Super Utes at Mount Panorama and looks forward to a return to the mountain in the near future.
“I know how lucky I am to be given this chance, Hall said. “I look forward for another opportunity to take on the mountain again soon and use this learning experience to achieve better results in the future, for not simply me, but for my family and all my supporters as well.”
Next up for Bayley is another run in the Marc car next weekend.
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