Here at STM we are honoured to rub shoulders with and help out some of the best in the game. One such opportunity presented itself late last year, to get on board with the C’s Garage team for the 2014/2015 season. One of the bonuses of such a partnership is we are able to bring you updates straight from the point of view of the team themselves.
So sit back and enjoy a mid season wrap up from Joel:
Adams new SR22 setup had issues right from the start down in Manfield due to a faulty crank sensor. He was forced to borrow Troy Jenkins S15, which is a car we have helped setup right from the start. He felt comfortable right from the start in the S15 and took out his top 32 battle no problems. Adam then went on to win his top 16, top 8 and top 4 battle. However, in the top 4 battle, both Adam and his opponent Andrew Redwood felt that they tied, and overuled the judges decision so that they could re-run the battle. Unfortunately Adam lost this second time round, but won his 3rd/4th place battle giving him his first D1NZ podium for the season!
As for me, the car went great all through practice in the rain. It dried up for Qualifying and without having a dry practice managed to qualify 2nd. First pass of my top 16 battle went great, I laid down a good run and the judges ruled the advantage 9-1 to me. As I took off for my chase pass, I felt a miss from the engine and pulled out of the run early (as instructed we could in briefing). As I pulled up to the line I explained the miss and was told I could proceed to pits to take my 5 minute time out. Headed to pits, found the cause of the miss, and lined back up. Only to be told they made a mistake and it was ruled that I lost the battle. Very frustrating start to the season. Adams podium was a great offset however.
The first night round for the year at Mount Smart stadium gained the biggest crowd I can remember at a D1NZ event. With Pro-AM competition up first my car felt great again all through practice and I managed to take away the top spot in qualifying. All through battles the car went great and I was really enjoying the track. I took out my top 16, top 8 and the semi final to go through to the final. I came up against Joel Patterson in the final, a driver I really enjoy driving with. After a heated battle I took away the win. 1st in qualifying and 1st overall, a dream event for me.
Adams round 2 was struck with issues from the start. With the engine going great and the trigger wheel sorted, the clutch decided to randomly let go in practice. After two clutch swaps he was able to get 2 laps in of practice before qualifying. No where near enough to get a feel for the track, he qualified mid pack. His lack of time on the track was shown in the first battle and he didn’t make it through.
Since this round the clutch has been replaced and the gearbox uprated to a 4-speed Jerico unit to make a bullet proof setup for the rest of the season. Both cars are being driven at many practice days during out time off before round 3 to insure all faults are gone and we gain loads of seat time.
At Tauranga D1NZ ran their first ever ‘Team Competition’ at the end of the 1st day. We had new addition to the team Graeme Smyth (Current NZ kart champion and Trass Family Motorsport driver) finally get his car vinyled to tie his car in with the C’s team:
We managed to take out 1st place in the team competition. An event that created a huge amount of exposure for us! With photos and videos still popping up all over the show from our team runs and the cars are even being used on the official D1NZ poster for round 4. We are excited to do it all again defending the title coming into the next round.
Individually, I qualified 3rd but was unfortunately knocked out after I made contact the the lead car on my chase. Adam had a great event, the car is going amazingly now and he drove strong all weekend. Qualifying in the top 10 and winning his first battle. After a re-run in his second battle he lost the second pass by what must have been only a point or 2 up against Kurt Whittaker, some of the best driving both Adam and the car has done so far this season, so we are looking forward to the next few rounds.
We are both looking good sitting around the top of the table points wise in both D1NZ & Pro-AM going into round 4. Adam sitting 9th/30, myself sitting 3rd/27.
So there it is. Straight from the horses mouth, the reality of the ups and downs that is competitive motorsport. We look forward to further updates as the season progresses. In the meantime check out the photos the team have supplied courtesy of Maria Panova Photography and the team at S-Chassis: