Former double NZ V8 champion Mark Pedersen is hunting the elusive set-up that will take him back to the head of the pack.
March 10, 2007, 7pm. Today might not have been the best day he’s ever had at a racetrack, but NZ V8 driver Mark Pedersen says “there’s always tomorrow.”
The United Video Ford Falcon driver has been chasing car set-up since Friday, and says he still hasn’t hit the sweet spot.
“On Friday we did seven shock and (roll) bar changes in an hour – the crew didn’t know whether they were Arthur or Martha or who – and we still didn’t find what we were looking for.
“But at least we know now what doesn’t work.”
Pedersen finished 13th in today’s 12-lap race after never recovering his composure after the Falcon took a solid hit from behind.
It happened at a restart after a Safety Car period. “At the restart we accelerated and Andrew Fawcet accelerate behind us. A car in front of me slowed and I had to slow and Fawcet didn’t have enough time to stop.”
The impact lifted the United Falcon’s rear end off the ground and it landed heavily.
“I never got my rhythm back after that,” said Pedersen.
“But that’s racing and there’s always tomorrow.”
– Mike Stock at Teretonga.