April 22, 2007, 10.25am. After being relegated to the back of the grid because he’d changed the engine in his Caltex Star Mart Ford Falcon, NZ V8 fastman Angus Fogg, had a plan.
The plan was to pick off as many cars as he could, and set a fast lap time that would get him near the front of the grid for today’s first race.
But yesterday’s first heat – for which Fogg had set the second-fastest lap time even though it did him no good – turned into a Safety Car marathon.
Fogg turned in the drive of the race, rising from 25th to 11th by the end – and all with only four laps of real racing.
That means he’ll start Race 2 from 11th on the grid.
“It would have been a good race if we’d had any more (racing) laps,” he said. “(The Safety Car made it) absurd, a nightmare.
“It didn’t go to plan because of the Safety Car and we didn’t get a good lap time, but the car is strong and it’s in one piece.”
Fogg said he’d had to change the engine after dynoing it following the Teretonga round and discovering it was well down on power, necessitating a rebuild.
Series rules limit the number of engine changes teams can do without incurring a penalty. Fogg had exceeded that and had to start from the back of the grid.
He heads into this morning’s race with a big task ahead of him.
“I had hoped to get further through (the pack) and get a string lap time, but it didn’t happen because of other idiots.
“What do you do?”
It’ll be tougher getting through the traffic at the front of the field, but Fogg’s arch-rival, Race 1 winner Kayne Scott, paid him a complement yesterday.
Scott wanted to know where Fogg had finished. “Eleventh?” Scott asked. “In four laps? Thank God for the Safety car.”
Photo caption: Angus Fogg during Race 1 yesterday, Graham Blow photograph.