Heartbreaking Weekend for Talented Torquay Racer
17/09/2010 at 10:46am

Scott Andrews’s Commodore Cup title campaign has suffered a soul-destroying setback thanks to an unfortunate blown engine in Round 5 of the series at Eastern Creek on the weekend.

Andrews qualified on pole and took a dominant victory in the weekend’s opening race, before the disastrous engine failure on Lap 2 of the second race. The engine was not able to be replaced in time for the final, virtually ending Andrews’ opportunity to challenge for the title with one round remaining.

“Unfortunately, that’s the end of my title chances for this year,” the 20-year-old Torquay racer conceded. “It is so disappointing. Obviously we’ve had the pace to run right at the front this year, I’ve won races and I’ve had more pole positions and fastest laps than anyone else, so the speed has been there.”

The engine failure ended what had, up until the second race, been a dominant performance from Andrews. In practice, he set the second-fastest time in the session and reeled off a series of consistent times, despite being on old tyres. When qualifying came around, he was able to assert his authority, setting the fastest time in the first session.

“I could have gone even faster if I hadn’t been baulked by Adam Beechey,” he said. “At this track, it’s very important to set a fast time early in the session, because the track is very punishing on the tyres.”

Andrews only completed two laps in the second session, just to assess the track conditions.

“The track was a lot hotter in the second session, so it wasn’t worth punishing the equipment,” he said.

Scott made a good start in the opening race and drove away from the field.

“The car was very quick, so I just focused on driving accurately,” he said. “There was some oversteer towards the end, so we changed the setup for the second race.”

The top-10 reverse-grid format gave Andrews a starting position of 10th for Race 2.

“I just wanted to stay out of trouble for this race,” he said. “As soon as the race started, I knew the car wasn’t performing properly, and coming around Turn 9 it went bang.”

Andrews’s plans for the final round at Sandown depend largely upon him securing the funding for replacement engine components.

“Hopefully we can afford the replacement parts for Sandown, we’ll have to see how we go,” he concluded.
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