The opening round of the First Windows & Doors NZV8 Development series saw a mixed bag of results for Papamoa's Grant Crosby at Taupo over Labour Weekend.
After only getting the car fired up for the first time on Friday morning before practice, Crosby qualified his new VY Commodore on Grid 2 behind ex Tier 1 driver Michael Thom.
"I'm really happy with the speed the car has after some disappointing dyno figures" said a slightly surprised Crosby.
Race 1 saw Thom and Crosby get a break on the field as an incident on turn 1 held the rest of the field up. Lap 2 and Crosby passed Thom for the lead. Unfortunately after 5 laps of leading, what was thought to be a bad fuel surge developed, and Crosby dropped back through the field to finish 5th.
A reverse grid for race 2 saw Crosby start from Grid 14 in the longer 12 lap race. The hard charging 20 year old worked his way up to 2nd position and began to reel in race leader Michael Bristow. However, the mystery problem that plagued him in the first race returned with 4 laps to go. Luckily the gap back to Thom in 3rd was big enough for Crosby to hold 2nd place to the end.
The final race saw Crosby start from Grid 4. However the teams' niggling problem worsened with the engine being starved of fuel off almost every corner. Crosby fought hard to hold off another ex Tier 1 driver Dean McMillan in 5th until he managed to get past on the last lap. Crosbys luck went from bad to worse as he was hit from behind and spun coming onto the back straight for the last time, and ended up finishing a disappointing 9th.
"It was so frustrating catching Peter Butler (who was in 3rd) under brakes and through the turns then having no power when I went to get back on the gas" said Crosby afterward.
"It was disappointing really because when it was running properly we had one of the quickest cars out there but unfortunately it didn't show in the results".
Crosby and his team leave Taupo in search of the mysterious problem that overshadowed the weekend and will have it sorted ready for Round 2 at Pukekohe on 2nd/3rd December.