By Daniel Powell
The 2010/11 season came to a crashing halt for Cameron Gessner and the CG Motorsport team, but to add further insult to injury, last Saturday night’s crash during the Crispy Memorial at Brisbane International Speedway consequently snapped their undefeated winning streak in the annual event.
Gessner, who had started deep in the feature race field out of position 13 due to problems earlier in the night, was on a mission throughout the feature race and at the time of his crash, on the 19th lap while challenging for third, he looked like he had something for the front runners. However, Gessner became a victim to the infamous turn three and four ruts, which have become a feature of the Brisbane track in recent race meetings for all the wrong reasons, when he smacked one of them [the ruts] too hard and it bit him. In the terms of bit, it sent him sharp right and tipped him onto his side in the path of two other rivals. The damage sustained in the crash included both chassis and engine damage, which was certainly not the way that the CG Motorsport team had envisaged their 2010/11 season ending.
“We were going really well there in the feature race and I felt that we had something for the leaders as the car was very strong, but I guess we’ll never know now,” said the disappointed QLD # 68 Metalcorp / AUS Fuel supported J&J driver, who was shooting for his fourth Crispy Memorial victory. “In turns three and four you had to chance your arm when making passing moves there and if you positioned your car wrong there by the slightest margin, then it was going to punish you and that’s exactly what it did to me.”
A mechanical issue in qualifying time trials hurt Gessner and the CG Motorsport team and they posted the 24th fastest lap out of the 24 car field. Despite the frustrating start to the night, the team regrouped by fixing the dilemma and then won both of their heat races in a comfortable fashion. This enough to put them 13th highest on points heading into the feature race and that was where they started the 30-lap event.
Although it wasn’t the ideal finish to the 2010/11 season, Gessner and the CG Motorsport have shown plenty of promise, despite encountering numerous dramas, which is going to hold them in good stead for the 2011/12 season.
“It certainly not the way we wanted to end our season and it was disappointing for the entire team, as Cameron had driven very strongly to get up into a front running position,” commented CG Motorsport car owner, Peter Green. “It’s been a tough end to this season, but we’re very confident that with further track time and development with our new car that we can be amongst the front runner’s wherever we travel to on a consistent basis.”
Stay tuned for some exciting developments in regards to the CG Motorsport team for the upcoming 2011/12 season that will be announced shortly.
For the 2010/11 season Gessner and the CG Motorsport team are proudly supported by Metalcorp, AUS Fuel, Titan Plant Hire, TC Drainage, Centastate Civil Contracting, Direct Haul, QLD Speedway Spares, Greenies Tippers, NRW Civil & Mining, Action Drill & Blast, and Inglis Race Engines.