It was a tough weekend for Invercargill driver Jamie Conroy during Round three of the BNT NZ Touring Car Championship at Mike Pero Motorsport Park at Ruapuna near Christchurch this weekend.
Conroy and his Allied 24/7 Fuel Falcon certainly have plenty of pace as he finds his way in the new category but luck was certainly in short supply this weekend.
After qualifying second fastest on Saturday morning despite being baulked on his fastest lap Conroy’s opening race was over before it began as the universal let go at the start, ending his race immediately.
That left Conroy at the back of the grid for the second race of the round on Sunday morning and while he made a great start the rear axle from another car came adrift and hit the front of the Allied 24/7 Fuel Falcon, damaging the front splitter and puncturing the right front tyre. The incident brought another premature end to Conroy’s race.
The final race on Sunday afternoon again saw Conroy at the back of the grid but another great start saw him forge his way through to second place on the opening lap behind fellow Southlander Liam MacDonald. However again luck intervened and another competitor half turned the Allied 24/7 Fuel Falcon at the hairpin. Conroy had to repass the competitor that slipped past in the melee and once back in second MacDonald had opened a gap, Conroy racing on to finish second at the end of a frustrating weekend.
The next round of the championship takes place at Conroy’s home circuit Teretonga Park in Invercargill next weekend.
Conroy’s campaign in the BNT NZ Touring Car Championship is supported by Allied 24/7 Fuel, Mobil 1, Horgan Farms, Southland Continuous Group, Sievwright Panel & Paint, PPG, Bluff Engineering & Welding, Choppa Tyres, E Hayes & Sons, Farmlands Co-operative Society Limited, Farmlands Real Estate, Vital Signs and Southern Probuilt Engines.