Holihan progressively moved up the field on Day 1, ending the final race of the day in third position, and that would be where he would start Race 4 – the first of only two on the second day.
After day 1, it was clear that Holihan and co were in a race for third – in fact, the only thing stopping Brodie Tilbrook and Kieran McLaughlin from clean-sweeping positions one and two for the weekend, would be retirement – and sadly for Tilbrook, that’s what happened in the fourth race.
The beneficiary of Tilbrook’s retirement – none other than Daniel Holihan, who scored second in the race, behind McLaughlin, and while he trailed McLaughlin by a fair margin, as the rest of the pack did across the whole weekend, Holihan had his own comfortable margin over third place, and the minor positions – enjoying a five-second buffer over third placed Doug Matley and John Pymble, who continued their weekend long duel for position.
As Holihan became more acquainted with his historic vehicle, his performance benefited – consistency, and faster times across the course of the weekend, evident by that five second margin between he, Pymble and Matley.
The final race was two laps longer than the previous four. Eight laps the journey, which benefited Brodie Tilbrook, and din’t do Holihan any disservice either. Whilst Holihan did slip back to third, he extended the gap between he and the cars behind him in the process. Brodie Tilbrook was the driver to displace Holihan from second position, after charging through from the rear of the field to win the race – taking the lead less than two laps from home… a nice way to bounce back after retirement in the preceding race.
While he wasn’t on track, Holihan had support from mate and, fellow former kart racer, Joseph Mawson, who’s doing great things in Europe at present, but back in Australia visiting family, and enjoying the off-season. The pair took time out to stop for a chat and photo with a young fan in attendance (see right).
Three podium finishes for the weekend left Holihan satisfied, and keen for more Historic racing later in 2016. When speaking to Zak Sports, Holihan said: “I’m pretty happy with how I went this weekend, I drove further and further up the field in every race, except race five, where I finished 3rd for the second time.”
Looking towards future outings in the Historic category, he said “I think I’ll be a threat for the HSRCA Formula Ford FC Championship this year, despite missing the September meeting due to family commitments. I just hope to end up on the podium in the outright championship.”
Like most, Holihan doesn’t race without the support of family and sponsors.
“I can’t thank my step dad enough with giving me more track time in historic’s this year. Older cars aren’t easy to drive in general, so when I race more up to date race cars, it will really just help my driving style in general, which is a huge bonus for me this season in terms of seat time.”
Holihan will be back at Wakefield Park next weekend, but trading the Historic in for his modern day Formula Ford machine, for the opening round of the 2016 CAMS NSW Championship, and Holihan is very much looking forward to that, and looking to build on the back of a positive end to 2015 – “Now it’s onto next weekend for the first CAMS NSW State Championship race of the season back here at Wakefield. I’m ready for it. I’ll take this (weekend) as a confidence booster – 3 podiums from 5 races wasn’t a bad way to start my year. You’re only as good as your last race as they say.”