AIS National’s David Sieders has battled his way back from an electrical issue to finish equal ninth in the first round of the Auto One V8 Ute Series – protected by Armor All on the streets of Adelaide this weekend 1-4 March 2012.
The two-time Adelaide Round winner was on his way to an historic hatrick of wins, after taking his third consecutive Pole Position at the season opener, however, a safety feature of the production-based FG XR8 saw him fighting his way through the back of the field, passing 25 cars in two races.
“After our previous results here at Adelaide, it was really disappointing to come unstuck in race one like we did,” said Sieders, “we were debuting the new FG and showed that we had a great car and package, and I was gutted when the inertia switch triggered in race one after just going over the curbs”.
“Unfortunately, it’s a development lesson learned with the new model coming into the category this year, and I’m sure it’s an issue we could have picked up before we got here if we’d had time to do some testing before the round.”
Sieders was one of six Ford drivers to debut the new FG XR8 Ute, and with the Team, himself included, living off only a couple of hours sleep getting the car ready, he was really happy with the new racecar.
“A lot of the key parts of the new car weren’t available until the past week or so, including the engine which only arrived at our workshop from America on Sunday, via the Categories’ Engine Buidler in Queensland.”
“I have to say a big thanks to the Sieders Racing guys, because they’ve put in the hard yards to get us on track this weekend, and despite the race one issue, the car was really good to drive, very quick, and I’m looking forward to bagging them the results they deserve.”
With fellow Sieders Racing prepared driver Andrew Fisher setting a new fastest lap time in race one, Sieders was determined to reclaim his record, and was on pace to do so in the final race, but was baulked at the final turn, leaving Round Winner Kris Walton with the honours.
“It’s hard to go at full pace when you’re coming through the field,” said Sieders, “I got a good run on lap five (race three) and was under the new sector times set by Kris Walton, but was caught up in traffic on the final turn and unable to finish off the lap”.
Despite the early setback, Sieders bagged $1500 in prize money for the round, after taking out the $1000 Armor All Pole Award, and $500 for the SS Inductions Hard Charger Award.
“I think we’ve taken home the most amount of money this round that anyone has,” said Sieders, “but I would have much preferred not giving up the Hard Charger Award to not have had the result in Race One that we did”.
The Londonderry resident’s efforts saw him finish in ninth place for the season’s opening round, with a gap of 31 points to the Championship lead.
“I’m glad we got it back inside the Top Ten, and there’s a lot of work to do to get to the front, but it’s a long season and plenty of points and opportunities to get there.”
The next round of the Auto One V8 Ute Series will take place at Symmons Plains in Tasmania 30 March – 2 April 2012.