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Half Price Parts Velocity Magazine Media Driver Madeline Stewart endured inclement weather, a greasy track, spinning cars and had her first dnf in the Super 3 Series, yet remained positive as she regroups for the final Super 3 race of the weekend.
Stewart finished the opening race in 15th place run under greasy track conditions. A number of competitors spun or ran off the circuit at turn 1 and Madeline was forced to slow her Freightliner sponsored BJR Commodore to avoid another competitor.
“Today was another learning experience”, Madeline said. “Race 1 was a wet but drying track. We went out on slicks which made the first half of the race very challenging. The start was very tricky, you had to be so careful not to get a lot of wheel spin. I got a good start but on lap 3 a car spun in front of me and partially blocked the track. I had to slow a lot to avoid hitting him. Some cars behind us cut the corner on the grass and got ahead of me. I spent a couple of laps behind a slower car but when I got past I was managed to get past I was able to lap a lot quicker but was too far behind to catch the next group.”
The Super 3 field was greeted with wet conditions for their second race of the weekend and Madeline soon became embroiled in a battle for position with the more experienced Jason Gomersall in the Matt Stone Racing Ford Falcon. A small touch at the penultimate corner led to a left front steering failure as Stewart bounced across the infield at turn 1. She stopped the car just short of the track but was unable to continue with the left front wheel dramatically askew.
“Race 2 was fully wet and I had my first DNF”, said Madeline Stewart reflectively. “I made contact passing a car coming on to the straight and damaged my front suspension. The steering wheel was a bit out going down the straight but I thought it would be okay. When I braked at the end of the straight the suspension broke and I went off the end of the straight at high speed. The BJR team worked all afternoon on the car and it’s all fixed now ready for race 3 tomorrow. More firsts today and some good learning. Hopefully we can put it all together and get a good result.”
The Super3 series has their final hit out for round two at 12.05pm, the third round is at Queensland Raceway in July.
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