Sabat Honda driver Craig Nicholson will be in unfamiliar territory when he takes part in the first practice session for rounds 15 and 16 of the Production Car championship at Phakisa Raceway this weekend. -
- Nicholson has never raced at the circuit before, his only previous experience at the track coming two years ago when he completed 5 laps in practice for the 2001 event before being involved in an accident that resulted in a multiple roll over and a very destroyed Toyota Tazz. -
- The CAR Magazine staffer is unfazed by his poor record at the track and had this to say of his fateful first experience of the circuit. “It was just one of those things, a fellow competitor got out of shape in the fast right hand corner leading onto the back straight and I had to get out of the throttle to avoid making contact. Lifting off the throttle so suddenly put the little Tazz into a big oversteer, and back then I just didn’t have the skills to save it. I smacked the tyre wall on the inside and rolled over a couple of times. My weekend was over before it got started.” -
- From the little running Craig did before the accident he is convinced that he likes the circuit. “It’s a real drivers circuit, very challenging. The track does not get much use and if there has been no rain for a while it becomes very dusty. The first couple of sessions are really about cleaning up the racing line before one can expect to put in competitive lap times. There are many medium to fast corners on the track, something that suits my driving style, so I am looking forward to competing there this weekend in my Sasol fuelled Sabat Honda.” -
- The Sabat team was very disappointed to miss out on a podium at Kyalami and will be looking to rectify matters with a good performance this weekend. An extensive test at Zwartkops last Saturday revealed a number of improvements in terms of car set up and the Honda set the fastest time it has ever been able to achieve around the Pretoria West circuit. -
- Team manager Lee Philips has seen the team put tremendous effort into the campaign over the last couple of weeks and is confident the equipe will be competitive over the last three race meetings of the season. “We had a good test last weekend and have taken a new direction with respect to set up on the car. If the lap times are to be believed it is a step in the right direction and we will be looking to Craig to put the improvements to good use.” Quipped the car dealer from Benoni.
Original article from Car