Over the Christmas break the team worked hard getting the car back in to working order after the damage at ADGP round 2 in Perth! Justin from Horse Power Solutions worked his magic on the LS3 now giving us 745 NM of torque at the wheels! Round 3 of ADGP was held on the South Circuit at Eastern Creek, this time we had the car set up to suit the track running the 3.9 diff gears. By the second practice session we had the car pretty much dialled and on line ready for qualifying, this was the first time we had lined up for qualifying with the same set up we had been practicing with all day
In qualifying we laid down 1 clean run, on the second run we throw down everything we had which put us in 2nd place on 67.5 points. We had guest judge Matt Powers here from USA (formula drift competitor), the track layout he designed ran a lot of outside clipping points allowing the chase car to tuck up on the inside of the lead car (making it a good show for spectators and overall an awesome track to drive). Sunday did not kick of the way we had planned with the LS3 missing under load in the first practice session.
. Ivan from Moto Solutions was hunting down the problem, we replaced plugs, leads and pulse cleaned all the injectors but still had the problem, our next step was to get the dater log of the car we found it was dropping 40psi of fuel pressure, this lead us to replacing the fuel pumps and flushing the fuel system. With no track time to spare we struggled to test the car, just driving around in the car park we were able to see it was still breaking down under load, we hooked up the lap top for one last time to see that the crank angle sensor was missing its home count, With Brad Tuohy lending a hand and Gavin Edwards lending us some parts of his car we managed to resolve the problem with minuets to spare before our top 16 battle (we had missed all practice throughout the day and the top 16 paraded lap). We won our first battle with Matt Russell in his tough 86 that put us in to the top 8 up against Mick Rosenblatt in his v8 powered r32 skyline 2 good runs but we secured the win!
Next up was Andy Gray in his Jzx100 from Japan, we had the advantage on our lead lap, we were pushing hard on our chase tho Andy had a spin on turn 2 with no room move we made contact both cars were towed of the track and back in the pits! Everyone in the pits lent a hand to get the Exedy s15 back on track for the finals (the car wasn’t in best shape but it would have to do) Our battle for first place was with Rob White the Current ADGP Champion, us being the hire qualifier meant we lead first, we scored 0-10 to us on our lead run giving us a massive advantage we still pushed hard on our chase run and doing so gave us the WIN. We are now sitting 4th place tied with Mick Rosenblatt – with one more round with one more round left in the champion ship!