Adam Sharpe Down Under
Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series – Oran Park
and it’s Oran Park, for the next round of the Fujitsu V8 Supercars.
During the early
stages of practice one I realised that the Falcon’s setup
was far from perfect. As I learned the highly technical Oran Park
circuit, I started to make small changes with the sway bar settings
within the car’s cockpit – these helped somewhat but
more extensive changes were needed. In the break, the ASM crew changed
the spring rates and toe in order to attempt to dial the car in
better, to progress up the grid order. This proved to work as I
knocked two seconds off my previous times within the first few laps.
Again the rest of the 30 minutes was primarily spent learning the
circuit ready for the qualifying on Saturday.
Still not satisfied with the setup and particularly
the brake bias, the team set about making more changes for qualifying.
The engine was also re-mapped to enable better drive out of the
third gear corners – where it seemed the others had an edge
over the VelocityPay.com.au Falcon.
Qualifying started with the brake bias set up and
getting a good balance for the race duration to come. We managed
to set a 1.12.01 lap time to put us 33rd on the grid. This is the
worst qualifying result so far this season for us but we have spent
a lot of time working on setup for this circuit.
So we had it all to do in race one where I was to
start on a slope and blind to the starting lights – so on
the call of Darrel Dixon (team manager) I was to drop the clutch
and start racing. This seemed to work well as I gained a couple
of places into the first corner and shortly found himself a good
five places up the field. After a few more battles and a good set
of consistent lap times I took the chequered flag lap in 17th position.
Not a bad start to the three races. I had some great tussles and
managed to overtake quite a few cars, and I was more than happy
with the Falcon’s setup.
Race 2 was to
be started from reverse grid and I started the ASM Falcon 11th.
This was to be another good race with some close bumper to bumper
action. I put in consistent lap after consistent lap and ever improving
times – a 1.11.8 lap time was my best of the race. I finished
11th after a tough battle with Price and McGill during the closing
from the previous two races would give me my starting position for
race three. A furious start saw me come out of the first corner
with a damaged rim, after an unsighted driver drove into the side
of the VelocityPay.com.au Falcon. More contact was to come, as numerous
hits to the rear bumper and quarter panels were inflicted on the
Falcon by ‘red mist’ struck drivers behind. The left
hand front and rear doors also got a thumping, as I was sent sideways
around turn 3 - but managed to recover but in doing so still lost
a place to the driver involved. As a direct result of the damage
caused, I slipped from 18th to 20th, where I remained until the