An oil leak spoiled his run at the penultimate round of the 2015 Shaw Vineyards NSW Production Touring Car Championship, and while it has ended his push for the outright championship win, Steve Hodges is still in contention for class victory… standing in his way though, Brett Heeley.
The Two drivers are separated by just 12 points in both the Club and the State Championship, with Heeley leading the Club points, and Hodges having the edge at State level.
The last month has been busy for the Liqui-Moly Holden pilot, with Hodges trading his car for a V8 Ute, and some laps around Mount Panorama at the recent SuperCheap Auto 1000.
Hodges, running in Round 6 of the 8-Round 2015 V8 Utes Racing Series, was one of two drivers from this category entered to race at Mount Panorama on Great Race weekend, with Michael Caine co-driving with Aaron McGill in the Dunlop Series as well.
Hodges campaign in the Ute was an interesting affair, plagued by a few small issues along the way, but he did manage to finish all three races, with a best finishing position of 21st in both Races 2 and 3.
Like Caine, Hodges welcomes any opportunity to go around the 6.213km circuit at speed for two reasons, it’s the best track in Australia, and as a race car driver, you can never get enough laps around there in those conditions, so you’re constantly looking for ways to get onto the track, and secondly, Hodges already, like most of the NSW Production Touring Car paddock, has his eyes set on the 2016 Bathurst 6 Hour on the Easter Long Weekend in March.
In this Interview, Hodges chats about his experience at Mount Panorama, reveals that he’s disappointed, but can’t complain about the retirement at SMP, due to his very good track and finishing record over the past few seasons, and also fills us in on his plans for the 6-Hour, and which other series regular is abandoning his car to team up with Hodges in the Liqui-Moly car at Mount Panorama.
The final round of the Championship takes place at Sydney Motorsport Park this weekend, with three sprint races to determine the final placings in the 2015 championship.