Jun 10, 2016
NEW WEST MAKES OFFICIAL DEBUT AT WINTON MOTOR RACEWAY
As round two of the Australian Sports Racer Series kicked off at Winton Motor Raceway today, the striking new West LMP4 made its Australian on-track debut with West Race Cars Australia’s Aaron Steer at the wheel.
Three practice sessions were held today, with Roger I’Anson topping each session and the day with a 1m 19.3574s lap set in the first session in his #14 Ken's Exhaust Systems/Rivergraphics West WR1000. This time is quicker than the lap record he currently holds at the venue of 1m 20.2345s set in June of 2014.
Second fastest for the day was Jason Makris in the Marina Mirage West, ahead of John Morris - the fastest of the Radical class in his Motorsport Leasing entry. Fourth fastest was the leader for SR2 (Div 2) John-Paul Drake, ahead of Aaron Steer in his new entry. Quickest for the F1000 class was Terry Peovitis, 10th outright on the sheets.
This weekend’s event at Winton Motor Raceway boasts free spectator entry - tomorrow the Sports Racer action will continue with qualifying and race one, before races two and three on Sunday, which will be streamed live and free online thanks to the Shannons Nationals.
For those taking advantage of the free entry today, Steer’s new West racer certainly grabbed their attention.
“About five years ago we did a fluro car livery, so we knew we had to do something to upstage it,” said Steer.
“Ash from Check It Out Graphics and I sat down and worked out what we would do, and he just went nuts – it took four days for two people to wrap the whole car, but it looks awesome and we are very happy with how it looks.”
As well as an interesting look, the car also has an interesting nickname – it has been dubbed ‘Frank’ by the West crew.
“This car is called Frank because it is ‘car one’ of this type, so it is Frank for Frankenstein,” explained Steer.
“It is a good car, but as car one it of course does have its little bits and pieces that aren’t perfect but that is to be expected when you build a new car.
“Today is the first time we have driven it in Australia at all – we did a bit of testing in Thailand and then it got air-freighted over here. We only received it in the middle of last week and since then we have been crazy busy getting it wrapped and doing all the work on it to get it out here.
“We ended up in that process having an issue with the wiring harness or the relays, and as we didn’t have the parts to fix it before this weekend, we now have a stick shift so I am now leaning how to drive!” laughed Steer.
Today’s on-track action represents not only the first time at Winton for Steer's new car, but also the first time the entire Series field has turned laps at the venue since the track underwent a resurface earlier this year.
“The track surface is definitely smoother – it was hard to tell today as I have old tyres on the car, but it is obviously going to be faster as it is smoother and you can brake later,” said Steer.
Qualifying and race one will be held on Saturday, 11 June 2016, at 10.20am and 12.45pm respectively. Races two and three will be held on Sunday 12 June 2016, at 10.00am and 1.10pm.