2011-2012 season start for Macdonald Racing
December 7, 2011
The 2011-2012 season
for Macdonald Racing has been that of a hectic one. We apologise
to all the fans for lack of information at the start of this
season due to personal & work commitments. Rest assured we
are back on track with some exciting new things coming this way
in the new year.
Just to re-cap the
events taken place to start the season off. Nathan kicked
things off at Charlton Raceway in September, after qualifying
mid-field for the feature race. After an early race mishap
in which Nathan was forced into the wall trying to avoid an
incident ahead, managed to move into 2nd position behind Rodney
Pammenter once the race continued, but subsequently retired onto
the infield after suspension failure caused from the earlier
Due to work
commitments, Nathan stepped out of the drivers seat as Shane
saddled up for the Toowoomba Steering & Suspension Carnival of
Flowers cup the weekend after which was paying a whopping $5000
to win. Shane qualified well over the 2 nights of racing
to start the 50 lap final in 6th place. Shane started
running the high line and managed to move forward a few
positions before the engine shutdown. Shane pulled onto
the infield and managed to fire the car back up (which was a
mystery to all the crew). Shane re-joined at the tail of
the field, and was pushing to gain some positions back when he
clipped the wall and retired with a flat tyre.
The next event was
the Gympie 30/30 event, in which 2 drivers compete in the same
car running qualifying heats and two feature races at the end of
the night. After last years event was rained out (Shane &
Nathan qualified on the front row), this year wasn't much
different, except that the two brothers qualified the Toowoomba
Steering & Suspension/Forbes Batteries VZ Commodore out of pole
Shane was to steer
the first 30 laps, with Nathan the second. Shane jumped to
a handy lead at every re-start, and was destined to win the
first event, but a slight error in the tight hairpin corner at
Gympie saw him run wide and get out in the wet part of the track
(thanks to earlier rain) as the race leader spun causing a
stoppage. Slight contact from another car broke the
steering knuckle on the left side. The car was repaired
for the second of the 30 laps races for Nathan to drive.
Having to start at the back of the field, Nathan only managed
half a lap when he lost 2nd gear in the gearbox, which was
attributed to the earlier incident. Nathan managed to keep
the car going in another gear and was credited with 7th place at
the end of the race.
Shane was offered a
guest drive in the Ashley Barron Ford Falcon (yes FORD!) on the
29th October. Due to Ashley busy running the event at
Kingaroy Speedway as President, former QLD champion Shane
Macdonald was asked to strap into the #44 AB Trailers Falcon for
Round 1 of the Quantum Racing Industries South West All Start
Series. A strong contingent of competitors turned up
mounting to 55. Albeit, Shane qualified extremely well in
an unfamiliar car, starting out of position 2 for the 30 lap
final. Robert Trapp led the race early until Shane moved
into the lead after several laps and that's where he stayed.
Shane was however very lucky to finish, after struggling to
steer the car all night with power steering issues, and oil
spilled onto his feet as he crossed the finish line.
With Nathan unable
to attend recent events due to work commitments, Shane switched
manufacturers again back into Nathan's car for Round 2 of the
Quantum Racing Industries South West All Start Series.
Shane was leading the series point score coming into the second
round. With the track surface turning out to be dry &
slick, Shane qualified in 6th place and moved up to as high as
4th at one stage, ultimately finishing 6th after Rodney
Pammenter went past on the final lap.
Shane still leads
the point standings for the South West All Start Series, with
fellow Toowoomba competitor Shane Langton in 2nd place and
Gympie resident Aiden Raymont in 3rd. Shane will be looking to
extend the margin as the series continues at Charlton Raceway on
the 17th December for Round 3.
The team has made
several key reliability improvements to Nathan's car, developed
from learnings from the misfortune suffered at the start of the
Meanwhile work has
begun on Shane's new VZ Commodore he plans to build, with the
aim of having it ready for the 2012-2013 Australian Title to be
held at Charlton Raceway.
Shane files the
chequered flag around Kingaroy Speedway.
Photo by Sue Roza
Work has begun
on Shane's new car.
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