Ford Falcon racers, Simon (pictured) and Graham Beirne, had no answer for their Holden Commodore rivals in last Sunday’s Enzed V8 Utes Series races at Ruapuna
"The Holdens were really fast here,” Simon said. “I had to use second gear to get drive out of the Carousel (corner) but the Holden's had huge torque.”
Graham said “the Ford's didn't take to the track here, we had no power."
The two Christchurch drivers finished the weekend at their home track fourth (Simon) and fifth overall.
Simon also had to race with a car badly bent after a race three incident. "We were blocked at the start and then Dave Kernohan spun right in front of me.
“He came back across the track at 45 degrees and bent (my) Team McDonald's Falcon like a banana. Team manager Andy Neale was on the radio saying ‘be patient’, but it was carnage."
Simon brought the badly damaged ute home 10th. "It cost us championship points but we were lucky to finish and we were lucky to still be fourth on the grid for the final race." He finished the final fourth.
In the first two races had had hammered away at series leader Matt Lockwood, chasing him home in third place in race one (Caine Lobb won all four races at Ruapuna).
In race two he was challenging Lockwood hard when it all went wrong. "Matty locked up going into Turn 1 and that compromised the distance I had to brake in, and compromised my whole turn-in. I spun and lost two places (which he later regained to finish fourth).”
Graham Beirne backed up his son by finishing fifth in race one, ninth after recovering from a spin in heat two and seventh and fifth in the remaining two.