It was one of those nights for Toby Bellbowen last Saturday night at Sydney’s Valvoline Raceway for the fourth round of the Ultimate Sprintcar Championship NSW, where he qualified well but unfortunately crashed out during the early stages of the feature race.
At the beginning of the night, it was situation normal as once again a good qualifying effort meant Bellbowen was placed in the top three of his group in time trials. This set him up for a mid-pack starting spot in his heat race.
“It was another strong night where we had a lot of pace,” said Bellbowen.
“We had a great car for time trials although I didn’t put a good lap in. We’ve been playing around with a few of our engines and to end up just a tenth off quick-time on a not so great lap was really encouraging for us.”
An out of character non -transfer to the feature race meant Bellbowen had to come from the B main, which he won and that put him from position nine in the feature race.
Sadly, that’s where the good portion of the night ended for the team.
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“Running into turn one on lap two I ran too low and hit the wet clay on the bottom,” explained Bellbowen.
“From there I did everything I could to pull the car up but it wasn’t enough. I hate it for my guys, and the guys that work on the team of the other car and the driver but these things happen.
“I’ve been the guy who runs into you; I’ve had people run into me, but either way it’s not intended or needed. I need to get it out of my system because it’s hurting my results when we have one of the fastest cars every night.”
Although not a high priority for Bellbowen, pointwise the latest DNF recorded is beginning to take its toll on the chase for the USC NSW.
“As I said at the start of the season, points aren’t what I’m after – I want wins,” he expressed.
“Of course you want to do well in the points but it is grabbing wins that sets you apart from the rest. Not many drivers will ever admit but every driver makes mistakes every night, and I’m making too many costly mistakes right now.
On to next weekend and with no racing at Valvoline Raceway, the team will head to the high banks of Warrnambool’s Premier Speedway for this Saturday night’s third round of the Eureka Garages & Sheds Series, which doubles as the opening round of the Ultimate Sprintcar Championship Victoria.
“We’ll be heading to Warrnambool on Saturday night to run with the boys and girls down there,” Bellbowen enthused.
“I want to be more comfortable at that place, and it’s good to have a chance to bounce back from another disappointing night on Saturday night. Hopefully the weather helps us out and we can have a smooth night.”