Storey shows great potential on debut with iSport Racing
Storey shows great potential on debut with iSport Racing.
Experienced single seater driver Dominic Storey showed significant speed during his first full BNT V8 SuperTourer weekend. The 23 year old from Auckland’s only ‘tin-top’ experience to date was with Steven Richards in last year’s Grand Finale where they gained a 7th and 8th place. Now in the same car run by JMR in 2012, Storey debuted in the iSport Racing colours over the weekend at Hampton Downs.
Throughout free practice on Friday and Saturday Storey didn’t leave the top 10 in times, in fact he finished up 6th on Saturday only .2 of a second off the fastest time. This left the iSport Racing team confident heading into Sunday mornings twenty minute qualifying session.
Sunday morning’s twenty minute session was the chance Storey had been waiting for, posting the 6th fastest time ahead of many past and current New Zealand V8 Champions. Storey was not surprised by the effort but it raised eyebrows down the pit lane.
“This was a fantastic session, it’s only my second set of green tires on a V8 SuperTourer but I definitely got to grips with them well. I even believe it was possible to go faster had I had an extra lap”.
Race 1 saw Storey off the 3rd row next to Woodstock Racing’s Andy Booth, he managed to steer clear of the first lap carnage but later retired whilst running inside the top 6 with a power-steering failure.
Starting down in 14th for race 2 was never going to be easy but a clean race saw the iSport Falcon salvage its first top 10 of the season coming home right behind Andy Booth.
The final 30 lapper of the weekend saw a brilliant start and the pace Storey had shown during the beginning of the weekend. From 15th starting position the iSport Falcon was up to 7th after just one lap.
“The start of the race was great, I managed to keep out of the carnage but also make a few good moves into the hairpin and gain some positions. I had great race pace and managed to work my way forward with Ash Walsh. Once we hit the top 8 though it was hard to move further forward. A late lunge on Booth into turn 1 early in the race also bent the steering a little so it was difficult to make more progress after that”.
As the race drew to a close a number of cars made mistakes and this resulted in a spin at the dipper hairpin.
“Ant (Pedersen) went off over the brow in front of me and dragged a lot of gravel back onto the racing line, there was nothing I could do and when I arrived at the hairpin I locked the rear brakes and spun around. I dropped right to the back but managed to gain a few positions in the closing laps and salvage 12th.”
Team owner Kevin Stocker is proud of the teams efforts. “It’s been a full three week program just getting this brand new team iSport Racing to the circuit but it couldn’t have gone better for us, the boys did a great job. We now have the confidence heading into Ruapuna in three weeks, a circuit Dom has raced on at the end of last year with success.”
iSport Racing’s campaign is supported by, Gloria Jeans Coffee, e-cloth, Kurz, iSign it, Wakefield Panel & Paint, Kingchrome, 2XU Compression Clothing and CRC.