Despite a small error, AIS National’s David Sieders will start from the front row of the grid at Bathurst for the second year in a row, when Race 1 of the Auto One V8 Ute Series – protected by Armor All starts tomorrow, 8 October 2011.
After his first lap, David “Sideways” Sieders held the top spot of the timesheets for the majority of the Qualifying Session, but missed out on Pole when a flying Ryal “The Kid” Harris bettered the time by six-tenths of a second with only a minute left in the session.
“I locked up the front left tyre going into the Chase on my flying lap, so I was pretty surprised when the boys told me I had P1,” said Sieders, “I fried the tyre, and lost about a second and a half, and I thought I’d give it another go despite the flat spot, knowing I’d have to be really careful back into The Chase, but it wasn’t to be”.
“We started off the same spot in 2010, and went on to win Races One and Three and the Round, so hopefully we can bank the same results, or better, than last year and notch up a couple more race wins, and another round win.”
Today’s Qualifying result has netted 31 Championship points for Sieders, who remains in fourth place on the ENZED Drivers’ Leaderboard, but has closed the gap to the Championship Lead to 32 points.
“I would have liked to be within a session’s worth of points,” said Sieders, “but we’re doing what we need to do, and we’ll keep working our way back towards the Championship Lead.”
Previously, Sieders got his weekend got off to the perfect start, with the fastest time in Practice One yesterday by five-tenths, but with the weather at Bathurst doing no favours for the track conditions, the entire V8 Ute field barely had the chance to get in consecutive laps, with each of the Practice Sessions drawing Red Flags.
“We only managed one lap today, and held up across the mountain on the restart, and with only a couple of laps yesterday, a lot was going to come down to experience,” said Sieders, “thankfully we have a bit of that”.
“It would just be nice if the weather would make up its mind whether it’s going to be wet or dry, but then again that’s typical of Bathurst.”
A possible front-row double was on the cards for the Sieders Racing Team, with the Jesus Racing entry of Andrew Fisher (also prepared by the Team) occupying the top spots during Practice and Qualifying, but will start behind Sieders in fourth.
“Hopefully I can get a good start tomorrow, and, if Andrew can follow me through, we’ll look for the top spots from the Race,” said Sieders, “it’s a pretty big weekend for us, with Yannis Derums coming on board, bringing our Ute count up to four, and Colin [Sieders] is also here this weekend with the Bisley Workwear Supercar”.
The racing begins for Round Five of the Auto One V8 Ute Series at 11:30am tomorrow, telecast live on Network Seven, with the Reverse Grid Race Two at 5:10pm, and the final race of the weekend at 8:20am on Sunday, also telecast live on Network Seven.
“Any time you take a win at Bathurst, you’ve earned it, and it’s special. It’s the greatest racetrack in Australia, and I can’t wait to get racing tomorrow.”