HALLIDAY POSITIVE AFTER CHALLENGING V8 SUPERCAR ENDURO RACE
New Zealand racing driver Matt Halliday admits the first V8 Supercar Endurance race of the season was a hard day at the office during last weekend’s L & H 500 at Victoria’s Phillip Island Circuit.
Partnering Aussie star James Moffatt in the No. 18 Jim Beam Ford Falcon saw a disappointing finishing result for 25th place after the team endured a frustrating weekend but still look to Bathurst with some anticipation.
While the uncharacteristic result was not what the DJR team was hoping for, information gathered will contribute to the having the cars set up well for the blue ribbon event of the year which is the legendary Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 due to be held on October 9th. A highlight of Halliday’s weekend was his 10th placing in Saturday’s 16 lap qualifying race and some spirited driving in his race opening double driving stint when he set lap times comparable with the other Jim Beam Falcon drivers.
The duo’s effort was further thwarted in the closing laps when Moffatt received a large hit from another car sending him off the circuit and dropping several places:
"It sure was one of those weekends! I was happy with my own performance and being as quick as any of the other drivers in our team together with enjoying good opening double stint. The Team were just out of the window with the car set-up wise but they will be more than capable of fighting back at Bathurst where we are now fully focused. I suppose it was good that I still got a positive result in the qualifying race” said Halliday after Sunday’s race.
Halliday has now returned to his base in Los Angeles and will return to Australia the week before the Bathurst race.