Nova Employment/Castrol/Whiteline/Hog’s Breath Café North Parramatta & Castle Hill Subaru WRX STI drivers Dimitri Agathos and Lachlan Gibbons have expressed their satisfaction with the improvement in performance from their FullGas Racing machine in Round 3 of the Australian Production Car Series at Sydney Motorsport Park on the weekend.
On Saturday, Agathos qualified fourth, and finished third in Race 1 after passing the Grant/Iain Sherrin BMW M4 late in the race.
Gibbons took control of the car for Race 2, finishing in fourth place, again passing the Sherrin BMW late in the race.
Gibbons was handed the car for the second qualifying session on Sunday morning where he was fourth fastest, and was given driving duties for Race 3, finishing third.
Agathos returned to the driver’s seat for the fourth and final race and ran competitively, setting the car’s fastest race lap of the weekend before being forced into the pits with low oil pressure. He nursed the car to the chequered flag in 14th position.
Despite the engine problem at the end of the weekend, both drivers were upbeat about the car’s performance over the course of the event.
“We made a lot of progress with the car, the lap times improved in every session and in all the races,” Agathos said.
“We found some significant improvements with the front of the car, it was a lot more responsive on turn-in and there was a higher level of mid-corner grip, which helped us a lot through SMP’s flowing corners,” Gibbons added.
“We know there’s still some work we need to do to improve engine reliability, but we believe we’ve found the source of the problem and worked out a solution for the next round.”
The FullGas Racing team also hosted a couple of pit crew members from Nova Employment, who assisted the team during the event, while company executives from Nova Employment and Hog’s Breath Cafe were treated to hot laps during the Friday afternoon media rides session.
“Our extra pit crew members really enjoyed the experience – they were very helpful but also had a lot of fun over the weekend,” Agathos said.
“Thanks to all our sponsors, and also Croydon Racing Developments for tuning the car.”
The next round of the Australian Production Car Series is at Queensland Raceway, 4-6 August.