Simonsen & Lyons Shine At Bathurst
In a dramatic – and tragic – Bathurst Super Cheap Autos
1000 meeting last weekend, Allan Simonsen and Richard Lyons were
having a great run… until a bizarre piece of misfortune literally
got in the way of their Team Betta Electrical Ford Falcon.
and Lyons were sitting comfortably in fourth place when a plastic
bag became caught on the front of the #88 racer on lap 130, causing
engine temperatures to skyrocket, which in turn forced their Team
Betta Electrical Ford Falcon V8 Supercar to pit.
Despite the setback, the pair clawed their way back
up to finish the 161 lap race in twelfth place.
"It was a very disappointing thing to happen,”
said the Dane.
had a brilliant car and our strategy was spot on. Ludo, our race
engineer, together with Richard and I, had mapped out what we felt
was the best plan, taking into account the inevitable safety car
periods - and it all fell into place. To have our charge ruined
by a plastic bag was pretty hard to accept. But we all know that
we were on the money all day so that's important to remember.”
In an ironic twist to the weekend, Allan had picked
up the local Saturday newspaper, the Western Advocate, to find an
article on the 'Dangers of Debris' at Bathurst with an accompanying
photo showing Allan coming along Skyline in car 88 with a plastic
bag wafting nearby….
"That's pretty freaky stuff. I wonder what
the odds could have been that the featured car would be the victim?"
Race honours were taken by Craig Lowndes and Jamie
Whincup, in the sister Team Betta Electrical Supercar, only a car
length ahead of the Toll HSV pairing of Rick and Todd Kelly.
"I am so pleased for Craig, Jamie and the
entire team. They are an awesome bunch of people and their level
of professionalism has shone through today,” said Allan Simonsen,
directly after the race.
"To have the opportunity to be part of the
team for the enduros has been really special and I'd like to thank
Roland Dane for his belief in my ability, and everyone involved
for making me feel part of the team.”
was marred by tragedy, with the death of New Zealander Mark Porter,
in the Fujitsu V8 race on Friday. Paul Radisich also had a big accident
in the main race, and suffered several broken bones.