Firth buoyed by American experience
Travelling to America recently to assist with Chris Corbett’s racing campaign, Andrew Firth has returned to Australia with a newfound insight into how some of the world’s best V8 Dirt Modified teams operate; an insight which he plans to apply to his own racing.
Getting his 2018-19 season underway in the best possible fashion with a feature-race victory on home soil at Grafton Speedway, it was clear that Firth was already in a strong position for the remainder of his season; however, after travelling over 20 hours with his daughter Taylah to New York City in support of Taylah’s boyfriend Corbett, Firth came away with a bounty of knowledge that he hoped would help him even further.
“Seeing how all of the teams operate in America was a real eye opener in terms of their organisation and the lengths that they go to in order to make sure their cars will perform on a consistent basis,” commented the pilot of the 358ci powered NSW # 51 Penrite backed Bicknell car.
“So much work goes on behind the scenes and there’s a lot of time spent in the shed, scaling the car and going over every detail numerous times. We’re very dedicated to the upkeep of our cars back home as well, but there are definitely a number of methods that we’re beginning to adopt to help us stay at the front of the field.”
These new methods certainly paid off during last Saturday night’s outing at Grafton Speedway, with Firth racing to back to back wins at the track, bringing his current winning tally to three wins on the trot, after claiming last season’s final race meeting at Lismore Speedway.
Returning to Lismore Speedway this Saturday night to contest the Lord Mayor’s Cup, Firth has a good chance of achieving his fourth consecutive feature-race win and he’ll no doubt be utilising the knowledge he picked up while over in America to help him do so.
In other Firth Motorsport team news, 18-year-old rookie Taylah continues to build on her confidence each time she takes to the track. Becoming more and more comfortable aboard her NSW # 15 Penrite supported Bicknell car, powered by a 350ci Chevrolet Crate engine, Taylah is steadily gaining pace, having reduced her lap times by a full two seconds since her maiden outing at Grafton Speedway.
Taylah’s next outing at Grafton Speedway will be on the Sunday night of December 30 for the Christmas Cup.
Firth Motorsport would like to thank their 2018-19 season sponsors: Penrite, Grafton City Batteries, Gorton’s Storage & Industrial Sheds, Hession’s Auto Parts, Big River Pizza, North Coast Engines, Bent Street Windscreens, and Cleavers Mechanical Repairs. Firth would also like to give special thanks to Geoff Hayes for all his great support.
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