It was a wet start in Goulburn for the Summer HSRCA meeting on Saturday, but by day’s end it was dry, and that agreed with Sydney racer Daniel Holihan, who continued to improve right throughout the first day of racing.
A 15 car field took to the circuit in the combined Formula Ford and Formula Vee field, with Holihan running a Formula Ford in the FC class – there are three classes running in Formula Ford: FA, FB and FC.
Holihan lapped the 2.2km circuit in 1:32.3238 in the morning qualifying session, and in the wet conditions, that was good enough for 8th position.
Three races would follow. The first would be contested over five laps, with an extra lap in the second and third race.
A middle of the field start for the first race proved to be the launching pad for a consistent move up the field as the day went on. Holihan moved from 8th to 6th in the first race (5th in Class), finishing on the tail of Jeremy Shelton and Doug Matley, with the race won by Brodie Tilbrook.
Holihan started the second race from 6th, and once again, he was embroiled in a battle with Matley and Shelton, but the dry weather saw Kendal Barry-Cotter and John Pymble fight their way into the mix, in what became a five-car battle for the final spot on the podium, as, once again, Brodie Tilbrook pulled away to a race win from Kieran McLaughlin.
Matley and Pymble broke away from the battle pack to finish 2nd and 3rd, while Daniel Holihan brought it home in fifth place (3rd in class), for a top five start in the final race of the day.
Holihan set his sights on a podium finish in that final race on Day 1, and he went out and got it, and quite comfortably too. After managing to find his way past Pymble at the start, Holihan battled with Matley for a couple of laps, before successfully passing him on Lap 3. He managed to pull away from the pair, and finish third outright, second in class, by nearly three seconds. By the time Holihan raced to third, the damage was done, and he wasn’t going to catch the top two – Tilbrook and McLaughlin once again pulled clear of the rest of the field, to again be first and second across the line.
“Race one wasn’t so bad. It was still very wet, but I got a good start and then finished 6th with no incidents.”
“Race two – I only made up one spot and finished 5th, and had a decent dice with the two cars ahead.”
“Race three – I got an ok start. Mind you, I had to avoid a collision up ahead which I made some serious ground on the front runners and ended up getting a podium on the first day of historic racing for the season.”
Holihan has taken a lot of confidence from three fine performances today, and is very optimistic about his chances tomorrow.
“I’m pretty happy with today, but there’s two more races tomorrow, in which I can build on and maybe even win the whole weekend.”
The HSRCA Summer meeting continues at Wakefield Park from 9am on Sunday morning, with Daniel Holihan on-track for Race 4 in the morning session, and the final of the weekend tomorrow afternoon.