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Youlden breaks lap record again

 

After setting a new OSCA Saloon car lap record at Powerbuilt Tools International Raceway in Christchurch yesterday Australian star Luke Youlden did it again today.

Untitled Document After setting a new OSCA Saloon car lap record at Powerbuilt Tools International Raceway in Christchurch yesterday Australian star Luke Youlden did it again today.

Youlden of Melbourne, was in superb form at the wheel of the Powerbuilt Tools / Bed Rumours Handcrafted Beds Ford Mustang in the three OSCA Saloon car races at the track over the weekend.

After putting the Mustang on pole position by a considerable margin on Saturday, recording a lap time of 1 minute 21.969 seconds after just two circuits of the track, he then powered away in the first race of the weekend to win from Invercargill driver Lawrence Knowler. On the way

he lowered the OSCA lap record to 1 minute 22.060 seconds.

Then on Sunday morning Youlden blasted his way through the field from the back of the grid in a handicap race. He was in the lead by the penultimate circuit of the 5 lap event, lowering the lap record he set on Saturday afternoon still further to 1 minute 21.458 seconds.

In the third and final race of the weekend Youlden had a 111 second handicap to overcome. The Mustang started from the pit lane long after the scratch group had departed. Once again Youlden had to carve his way through the traffic and with one lap to go he was third, with just the two scratch cars to pass.

He reeled them in over the final 3.3 kilometre lap, sliding through the final corner, and closed dramatically on Leighton Hill of Christchurch and Christopher Coleman of Hamilton in the drag race to the finish. However Youlden could not quite bridge the gap and finished within one second of the duo as Hill won the closest of finishes.

After breaking the OSCA lap record on Saturday Youlden had been keen to attack Kayne Scott's overall saloon car record on Sunday. He said later that conditions were good on Sunday morning to have a "serious crack" at it. There was a tail wind that allowed for speeds 5 to 6 mph quicker down the front straight than the previous day. The Mustang was reaching speeds of 280kmh at that part of the track. However to achieve the record Youlden required a clear run in the early laps of the race as the tyres are only at their best during the first couple of laps each race. The handicap race format made that very difficult to achieve.

The decision to race the Mustang this weekend was a last minute one after repairs following an engine problem encountered at a race meeting in December were completed in time for the event.

The Powerbuilt Tools / Bed Rumours Handcrafted Beds Ford Mustang ran in OSCA specification with a 4 speed gearbox, no data acquisition equipment and a standard carburettor and valves. The OSCA configuration costs the Mustang a little in outright speed.



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