> VICTORIOUS AT SANDOWN
From the first free practice session on Friday morning to the final race on Sunday, the SRE Spectrum was consistently on the pace.
Friday's three practice sessions provided valuable track time, and as always, aided in the continual development of both the car and driver. "Today was very valuable in our development program for this season" said team principal, Jordan Symes. "It's always beneficial to do some free running on circuits like Sandown, you can learn a lot."
Saturday saw the first official session for the event, qualifying. After a brief red flag period the cars were back on circuit where the times began to fall. By the end of the close session, Steve Courtis in the SRE Spectrum found himself in 5th position a little under 0.7secs off pole position.
During the first of three races Steve fought back from his qualifying position to score what would be the first of three podiums for the weekend. This 3rd place finish was an excellent way to start the weekend. Due to the early start for race 2 on Sunday morning, drivers were faced with some slippery conditions as a result of Melbourne's overnight rain. Again the SRE Spectrum was at the pointy end of the field the entire race and secured yet another 3rd place podium.
The feature race for the weekend, race 3, provided a triple points haul for finishing drivers. Starting out of 3rd, Steve was in the prime position to take advantage. The opening segment of the 11 lap event saw the first three cars including the SRE spectrum open a significant gap over the rest of the field. Towards the dyeing stages, the race was interrupted by a brief safety car intervention which resulted in a single lap dash to the finish. Steve had an excellent restart and showed he had the pace to take out the race victory had it not been for some crafty defensive driving from the lead car.
Although not the victory in the final race, Steve managed to secure 2nd place and a third podium finish for the weekend. These excellent finishes throughout the weekend resulted in the team taking out the round win with a 8 point advantage over 2nd place.