With the mercury soaring at the Clipsal 500, at least one team could focus their attention on the race rather worrying about overheating.
After a challenging start to the weekend, the Jesus Racing Team have finished the opening round on a high with a 2nd place in the final race of the weekend and a podium finish for the weekend.
With a mixed grid that saw the first 55% of the qualifying field reversed and put to the rear of the grid, Fishtail started the ‘Trophy’ race from 10thposition. With fastest cars from qualifying behind team driver Andrew “Fishtail” Fisher knew he had to make the most of the opportunity.
He did just that and made a great start and opening lap moving up into 5th position. After an opening lap incident the safety car was called and stayed out for several laps. As soon as the safety car came into the pits, Fishtail got straight back into it and quickly made his way past another 2 cars with great manoeuvres.
With the leader setting off, Fishtail knew he had to get into 2nd as quickly as possible to start chasing down the leader. On the next lap he put on a great move and then set about chasing the down the first placed car that was now some 5 seconds up the road.
The Jesus Racing XT GTHO was lapping around 0.5 second as lap faster than the leader and well on their way to catching before the end of the race. Unfortunately, due to the earlier safety car, the race was called 2 laps early and the team had to settle for a very satisfying 2nd position.
“This is a great reward for the entire team and all the hard work they have put in throughout the weekend and in the off season,” said Fisher. “Given where we were at the start of the weekend with mechanical issues it is great to not only get on top of the issues but to show great pace and get on the podium was a great reward for the team.”
A note of thanks must go to Evan Waterless Engine Coolants as their great product kept the Jesus Racing XY GTHO cool all weekend when other competitor’s engine temperatures were at extreme temperatures.