Positive test for Daytona Sportscars team

DAYTONA Sportscars are ready for the Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour following a recent test day at Phillip Island in Victoria.

The team tested both their Daytona Coupe and the Dodge Viper, with all drivers logging laps ahead of their Invitational class 12-Hour campaign this February.

“We had all of our Drivers all in attendance, with Ben, Adam and Michael in the Viper, with Rhys, myself and Dylan in the Daytona,” driver Jamie Augustine explained via a team Facebook post.

“Our team managers Mike Henry with the Viper and George Whenn with the Daytona were there to run the day.

“The Daytona was on the money right out of the box, with Dylan pumping out a 33 in his first few laps. Rhys and myself easily ran 34’s at phillip Island, so clearly the car is in a good position given the old tyres we were running.”

The team said they worked through a few minor teething issues, though confirmed no major problems were detected: handy preparation for the team ahead of the trip to Bathurst.

“A few issues we had on the day, The Daytona was not picking up all of the fuel in the tank (so the tank is now out again and being checked over) and we had a MAC actuator valve fail in the paddle shift system, which meant that we couldn’t change gears.

“We changed the valve and continued the test day, new units prepared for the race.

“Other than that, the Daytona was faultless all day, and we had a great run.

“The Viper spent much of the morning roading pads and rotors for the race. the car itself is well sorted, and as such, it just trucked around all day.

“The temperature on the day was mid 40’s, so the cars didn’t have much pace in the afternoon, with the ECU pulling timing out to control the knock from the high ambient temps. The cool suit system worked fantastically, with a new design to try to avoid the freezing over of the heat exchanger that we had last year.

“Now the final preparations begin.”

The two-car team will face a large fleet of MARC Cars Australia competitors in the Invitational class next week.

Tickets remain available for the event, with race day General Admission tickets priced from just $46, including free access to the paddock area.