Father and son Top Doorslammer duo Victor and Ben Bray are hoping that new converter setups will lead to improved results at this weekend’s Southern Nationals at Calder Park Raceway.
The team used the new setups during a recent test day at Willowbank Raceway – and both drivers experienced teething issues, with Victor having to change his driving style to adapt.
“It was difficult getting everything just right, but with a couple of test days under the belt I am coming to terms with the new setup in the drivers compartment,” Victor said.
“It’s not just the burnout and start line procedure that is entirely different, (it’s) the braking area regime that also takes quite a bit of getting used to. You know what they say about old dogs and new tricks.”
The Queensland-based outfit is aiming to bounce back this weekend at the Southern Nationals in the hope that short-term pain will bring long-term gain.
“We are certainly hoping so,” Victor said.
“It’s cost us positions in the championship but we intend to push on.”
“Going to the two Perth rounds without any real testing on the converter set-ups wasn't our preferred start to the season but we were pushed into that situation by circumstances.”
Regardless, both drivers are expecting a good surface at Calder Park Raceway this weekend.
“There has been plenty of talk regarding the track as far as bumps and the level of traction we will see there,” Victor said.
“But with Peter Kapiris' track smudger present combined with the local knowledge of the track prep guys, hopefully we will see a track worthy of the level of the cars attending a national championship round.”
The Southern Nationals will be held at Melbourne’s Calder Park Raceway this Friday and Saturday and will feature Top Doorslammer, along with Pro Stock, and Pro Stock Motorcycle.
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