Crick solid at GC600; sets up Newcastle SuperUtes showdown
Camden-Based racer Cameron Crick’s consistent Round 7 of the ECB SuperUtes Series leaves his championship hopes poised on the final round at Newcastle in November. Following his huge accident and subsequent DNF in Race 2 at Bathurst just 2 weeks ago, Crick’s mid-season charge up the leaderboard was dealt a cruel blow, however the talented youngster still remained in championship contention going into the penultimate championship round, desperate to remain in range for the final round at Newcastle.
A rebuild on Crick’s Mitsubishi Triton in the wake of his Bathurst accident left the team uncertain about how well it would fare on the streets of Surfers Paradise. Nonetheless, Crick’s practice efforts were honourable, finishing 2nd and 3rd respectively.
Qualifying saw Crick stuggle to capture the same speed of his rivals, clocking in a lap time good enough for 4th place, where he would ultimately finish at the conclusion of Race 1.
Starting Sundays reverse-grid race in P6, Crick jumped off the start to seize the lead, and held off a rampaging Ryal Harris in what was an action-packed (and ultimately shortened) Race 2. Crick started Race 3 from 3rd, dicing with Ben Walsh before a surging Harris managed to knock him back to 4th place, where he would ultimately finish, also ensuring that he remained equal with Walsh for 3rd in the round for points.
Whilst Crick fought with great spirit, his lack of grunt was evident as the Total Tools/Team Triton Racing entry never seemed to be in-tune with the challenging street circuit, despite continual efforts to tweak the setup. Crick admitted this in discussing the need for improvement before the final round at Newcastle.
“I think from the start it felt like we were a bit behind the 8-ball and never caught up. It’s a pretty cut-throat circuit and the passing opportunities are limited enough, so it wasn’t easy considering we were lacking that bit extra.”
Despite his issues, Crick was quick to praise championship leader Tom Alexander in the lead-up to the final round of the fiercely contested series.
“Tom (Alexander) is a really terrific fella and he’s been a model of consistency all year and thats what it takes to win it all. He races with precision and you always know it’ll be good clean racing when you battle with him. I’ve got a lot of respect for the way he goes about his business on and off the track, but that won’t stop me from gunning hard for that top step at Newcastle!”, Crick laughed, “I’m sure it will be good to watch, we will probably need a minor miracle to pull it off but racing is a funny game, and we are going to leave it all out on the track”.
Cameron and the team would like to thank all his sponsors for his 2019 campaign;
Team Triton Racing
Mitsubishi Motors Australia
Bosch Professional Power Tools and Accessories
White Rhino Bar and Eats
Lightforce Performance Lighting
Vilis’s Cafe & Bakery
Hayman Reese Australia
Plus Fitness Racing
A+T Puckle Electrical
Pro Axle Australia,
Cleanway Environmental Services
All Safe Group
O’Neill Civil Pty Ltd
My Property Consultants
Rapid 1st Aid Training & Supplies
Direct Steel Traders
Inspire Energy AUS
Crown Pool Superstore