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A positive outcome from the COVID-19 Pandemic certainly has to be the new Aussie Tin Tops category that is going from strength to strength having run at 2 Supercars events thus far, with support from motorsportsales.com.au.
The first was the Townsville Supercars SuperSprint that saw 30+ cars of mixed racing origin grouped together and providing some amazing racing, even challenging the spectacle that Supercars put on. The next event was the Supercars at The Bend Motorsport Park last weekend where again the eclectic class saw 33 cars lined up.
On the grid they combined the MARC Cars 1 & 2 with Super3 Supercars, Porsche Carrera Cup, Trans AM, Australian GT and Improved Production – this then ensured great close racing with the Porsches and the GT cars battling it out with the Supercars and the MARC cars as well.
Young up and coming driver Bayley Hall took to the new circuit in Tailem Bend in his stride, including his first ever run in his MARC Cars MK1 Ford Focus V8 in the wet on Saturday morning.
Bayley won his class once again, repeating his win from Townsville, read more about that here.
Bayley had this to say exclusively to Velocity Magazine:
“The second round of Aussie Tin Tops at The Bend was another great experience that provided me with the opportunity to further build on my skills and race craft with a lot of adrenaline pumping action on this debut track for me. I was so excited for this round and finally rolling onto the track was a moment I will honestly always remember. The calibre of the facilities and the track itself was amazing, definitely making it one of my favourite tracks – after Bathurst of course.”
“From the track walk, I realised I had underestimated the amount of elevation change, and I was so excited to confront some close racing and those high-speed corners. “
“There was a lot of technique required for the corner speeds and we maximised the cars ability with the grip available. With only 20 minutes of practice to learn the track, the weather then threw us a curveball for qualifying. “
“In the marshalling area we quickly changed over to wets and I knew I had my work cut out for me being a debut track and my first time driving the Marc Car in the wet. The car was aquaplaning from the large down pour making some tricky conditions to push the limit but I pushed every limit I could successfully achieving my first Boost Mobile Pole Position in Super Touring. “
RACING with Bayley:
“Race 1 provided dry weather and after losing positions during the start due to being caught up in the pack in front, I just put my head down and hunted down the competition and gained 7 positions moving back to lead and win my category and achieve a Top 10 overall finish.”
“Race 2 & 3 I had to make the most of what we had as we faced gearbox selection issues, I had little defence on the straights and drove the wheels off it through the corners to make up the time I was losing that I had no control over, getting the win in Race 2 and holding on for a second place finish for Race 3. I was disappointed not to get the clean sweep due to the issues we faced however I was still so happy to be racing a car and having the helmet back on once again.”
“The Tin Tops Category has been a great experience and a lot of fun and I have loved driving with such an incredible field of drivers and cars and a big shout out to Paul Morris and Nathan Cayzar for all their hard work getting this field together. I ticked off a lot of boxes this weekend, getting to drive this unbelievable track for the first time, achieving Pole and Back to Back Class Round Wins, thank you so much to my Marc Car Team, my sponsors and supporters and my extra ordinary family who make this all possible.”
“Also a big thank you to the Shahin family who have done an outstanding job creating one of Australia’s greatest tracks and I am excited for the opportunity to come back again one day soon.”
The Aussie Tin Tops are scheduled to run again with the Supercars, this time with the category’s biggest event, the Bathurst 1000 at Mount Panorama, its unknow at this time if Bayley will be able to attend as the Queensland border is still locked down to anyone coming in QLD from New South Wales, but this could change. Keep an eye on Velocity Magazine for future updates.
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