A Quick Race report on the Golden Goat from Proline Australia

Report by Jacob Staines.

The meeting started off with a fresh track that had never been run on by any of the competitors. The first lot of the 10 minute qualifiers for both classes didn’t go to successful. 2wd was my first class to hit the track, i had a bit of bad luck in the opening laps coming under the 2nd cross over and collecting a pipe and ended up pulling out a a ball stud. I was lucky enough to get back on the track for the last 5 minutes after making a few changes to the car. My first 4wd heat was good, i was lucky enough not to get caught up in the traffic and had a clean run with only one mistake handing me the TQ in first round by 10 seconds. During the second round of qualifying i had a bit more luck completing a solid run with only a few small bobbles giving me the TQ for the second round. My second run of 4wd was not very clean. Getting caught up some of the jumps and apexes. I was also struggling with the traffic which ended up leaving me in 3rd place over all with Mitch Steer in 1st and Chris Paterson in second. For the third round i made some changes two both car. 2wd i added a bit of weight to settle the car down and with the 4wd i changed tyres because the car was very loose in the 2nd qualifier. I went into the 3rd round of 2wd with Mitch having TQ in one of the earlier heats in the round. I had a very successful run keeping it clean while pushing out the same lap, lap after lap. Which handed me the overall TQ in 2wd and the bonus $50. My last 4wd run was clean but i got caught up a a marshals foot half way through the race which unsettled me and ended up rolling me over. With that mistake i ended up missing the TQ in 4wd but came in second behind Mitch.

During the first 2wd i started off from pole holding Mitch out for the first couple of laps then i started to pull away. After gaining over a 15 second lead at the 7th minute mark i just started to pace myself and holding my lead. Had a clean end to the race and ended up taking A1 in 2wd. For the 4wd main i started off second,getting squeezed into third by Chris into the first corner i was sitting in third but the he made a mistake going into the first cross over handing me back second. I then managed to find a gap on the inside of Mitch coming through the stutters which handed me 1st. Having a close battle for the next few laps until Mitch mad a mistake giving me a comfortable lead. I was able to hold that lead uncontested for the remainder of the 10 minute main.

The second main for 2wd was not so easy in the beginning. I made a mistake coming over the first cross over rolling me over needing the aid of a marshal then nosing in on a pipe through the stutters putting me back to 5th. After mistakes from the leaders i was able to get back to 1st then pull out a gap then go onto win A2 handing me the win for 2wd. 4wd because of the resort i started on pole for A2 leading the pack away and being uncontested for the entire main handing me the A2 win and also giving me the over all for 4wd.

Source: Proline Australia

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