| Happy New Year
Hi folks, just a quick update as we haven't done many meeting since the last one.
Firstly the Fox team would like to pass on our condolences to Trev, Shauntelle, Clint and the rest of the family of Ollie Browne. Ollie was a very special lady and she has been a supporter of Foxy for nigh on 20 years. We all remember many a time leaving Ollie's house full to bursting from the massive feeds she put on for us and we will miss her smiling face and raucous vocal support she was famous for while watching her boys race.
Rest in peace Ollie.
The last meeting of the 2006 year had us at Waikaraka Park. A field of 16 cars fronted but unfortunately damage that Craig Ward incurred at Rotorua the night before meant that only 15 cars started the first race.
Being a clubnight the field was handicapped and this meant that we were off the rear all night. The only cars behind us were the guys who requested for various reasons to start from the rear. One of these was 2nz Allan Haigh who was making his first appearance in the new J&J built modified. Allan displayed good pace all night on a slick track and was fast straight out of the box. There is no doubt that he will be a hard man to beat this season.
Luckily the carnage that normally ensues in bigger fields didn't eventuate this night and the racing was reasonable clean and fast. We played around with the set-up a bit trying to get the car to work on the slick surface and were pretty happy to come away with 2 wins and a 2nd from the nights racing.
We are still playing around with setups a bit trying to get the most out of the car with the champs not far away and are reasonably comfortable that we are on the right track. We know we will need to be quicker than we currently are and we are confident that we still have a bit more speed in the old girl yet.
First night of the 2007 calendar season for us had us again at Waikaraka Park for night 1 of the Fastening Solutions Ltd Auckland Modified Champs. Thanks to the event sponsors (me!!).
Leading up to the event we had received entry forms from 24 cars but as is normal a few dropped out leaving us with only 18 on the night. This was a tad disappointing and resulted in us having to rejig the format somewhat.
It was decided to seed the cars into 2 groups and give them 2 x 15 lap points races each. Marbledraw for the first heat and reversed for the second. These points would decide the grid for Race 1 proper towards the Auckland Champs title with the highest points top the front.
Craig Ward dominated group 1 with 2 easy wins, 56A Paul Blakeley showed good pace but a DNF in the first race resulted in him being down on points. Foxy won both races in group 2 but his were far from easy with 6a Brian Jesen passing him in heat 1. It was only down to a backmarker that Foxy was able to slip past for the win. Heat 2 was a bit easier and although Brian hit the front early, Foxy was able to make a clean pass as the track went off and pull away.
The 20 lap main race had Foxy and Craig tied on points so a coin toss decided the final start positions. Craig won the toss and choose grid 2 (pacesetter). Wasn't a bad one to lose actually as Foxy had all ready decided that if he won the toss he would have chosen pole anyway as the track was pretty well gone.
We decided to try a slick track set-up on the car that we hadn't tried before and it seemed to work. Foxy won the start and in the early stages was just able to keep Craig at bay. Both seemed to be running the same laptimes, as the 2-3 car margin didn't really change. A few cautions for various incidents kept the field close. At each restart Foxy was able to slowly increase the gap on Craig and it looked like our set-up on the night was better than Craigs. The last caution came with about 6-7 laps to run and by know the car was hooking up well. Foxy cleared out to win by nearly ? a lap, which was pleasing for us on a slick track that we have never really been able to master. Craig's car is well known to be a slick track chassis so to be so dominant in this race puts us in good stead for the big races coming up.
Our next meeting is the NZ champs in 3 weeks and between now and then some new surface will be added to the track. This will even things out a bit heading into the big events as no one will have run on the track previous to the event. Will definitely make things interesting!!
See you at the track.