DAVID Sieders has equaled his best-ever Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series round result, taking eighth overall in the final round of the 2008 Series at Oran Park this weekend.
The Gulf Western Oils Ford Falcon BA driver qualified a career-best sixth before finishing seventh and eighth in two trouble-free races.
David’s team-mate and brother Colin Sieders, driving the second Gulf Western Oils Falcon, had a disastrous qualifying session before suffering from brake problems in Race 1. Colin demonstrated his wet weather prowess in Race 2 with a storming drive, finishing 15th in the race after starting from the back. His great result also included a pit stop during the early Safety Car period to remove the side windows due to visibility problems.
It was an emotional weekend for the Sieders Racing Team, who waved goodbye to Oran Park Raceway – the Yarramundi-based team’s test track. Oran Park hosted its last V8 Supercar meeting on the weekend, a track that the Sieders team has been racing at for over 25 years.
The Fujitsu V8 finale at Oran Park was won by Jack Perkins, ahead of Dean Canto and Tim Slade. Steve Owen wrapped up the series in Saturday’s first race.
The Sieders Racing Team will announce its plans for next season in the near future.
DAVID SIEDERS QUOTE
“That’s my equal-best round result,” he said. “We didn’t get the best result in qualifying. In the dry first race, the car wasn’t ideal, and then in the second race, I didn’t give myself enough time to build up to it and I fried my rear tyres by just being a little too impatient. “This is our test track and we’ve achieved good results this weekend, but they could have been better. “We still need to work a bit on our chassis, but we just didn’t nail it perfectly, and I didn’t get it right in qualifying. While this is our best result for the year, it’s still a little frustrating.
“I’m sad to see Oran Park go. It’s not only our test track but my home circuit as well. I’ve been coming to this track for a very long time and its probably one of my favourite tracks. The track hasn’t actually treated me too well results-wise – I have had a couple of good results here but not as many as I would have liked.
“I grew up around this place and I’ve known the place for as long as I can remember. I’m sure we’ll have fond memories and hopefully in the future we’ll get another track down this way to replace it.”
COLIN SIEDERS QUOTE “The last race was good. It’s always fun starting last and overtaking half of the field,” Colin Sieders said.“It’s the most fun I’ve had all year. We stopped under Safety Car and lost a few spots. At that stage, I was the third fastest car on the wet track.
“I think we had a top 10 car this weekend, in both the wet and the dry, but I didn’t drive very well in qualifying and the first race was a mess. Next time we’ll be much faster.
“The first race was a bit disappointing. We had a brake issue where we lost brake pressure when the bleed valve came off. I had no brakes so I had to stop. When I pitted, the fire extinguisher went off so we pulled out.“We had a lot of people support us with the V8 Supercar CareFlight Bears that were on sale at the track. Lots of people bought them. They seem to be very popular, and I’m extremely glad about that as all the proceeds go to the great CareFlight cause.”