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Race Wrap - ESCC R7 & V8SCOPS R7


What a weekend it was and here is the wrap from the teams outings.

V8 Supercar Online Premier Series and the Endurance Series kicked off at sunny Philip Island Raceway. The #9 Ford Falcon piloted by Will Dodd and Josh Burdon made it through pre-qualifying and just missed the cut for the top 15 shootout qualifying for the race in 17th position.
Both drivers knowing it was key to stay out of trouble and let the race come to them. Josh starting the race and moving, dodging and passing cars to eventually make up the field to around P10.
Unfortunately a Safety Car called, ruined the 1st part of their strategy and meant some fuel saving was needed to make it without a splash at the end.
Change of drivers and Will drove solidly and kept straight until he was forced off the road with contact in the rear bumper. This lead to a loss of quite a few positions and fight back to regain what was lost.
Both drivers kept pushing through the final stints and brought the car home in P18. The guys were really happy with the result and managed to keep ahead of some other more high profile teams.















ESCC Endurance, fielding 3 cars for the round and looking to put in another solid performance. The HPD (Class A) team putting the #145 car on pole position, while our GT3 entries #347 started 2nd & 3rd in class. The #145 guys have really been in a class of their own all season, putting wins & podiums on the boards in all but one round. They did the same again at Sebring, putting the opposition 3 laps behind after crossing the finish line in P1.
The #348 entry had secured the 3rd place in the championship and took a easier approach to the race, but remained focused to keep their position and add another podium finish to a already outstanding season.
While it was easier races for the #145 & #348 entries, the down to the wire, battle royal with #347 and Pro Force Racing #385 has gone all season, with wins, loses, penalties etc. It has been a massive challenge and some of the hardest competition between two cars the team (FSR) has been involved with and seen. The #347 started 2nd position and eventually took the lead at 3rd stint of the race and didn't look back, stretching the margin and putting distance to its closest rival. Eventually putting 2 laps on the Gt3 field, taking out the class race, finishing in P1.

We not only had a great weekends results, but were down man power for drivers, and had to stretch the team across 4 cars in different championships while keeping our eye on the prize, our goals. Successful weekend indeed.


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