Cobram racer Ben Hamilton experienced a mixed afternoon in round three of the Australian Pulsar Racing Association Victorian Series at Phillip Island at the weekend.
Faced with wet and slippery conditions, Hamilton’s best result in his three races was sixth, but in a huge positive he finished third in qualifying — the best result of his brief amateur career.
‘‘The car was brilliantly set up in the wet conditions with a ton of rain on the track for the majority of the day,’’ Hamilton said of his effort in qualifying.
In the first race of the day on Saturday, Hamilton was flying and holding on to third place until disaster struck and his bonnet pin came off.
After a pit stop to repair the damage, Hamilton lost valuable ground and went a lap down to finish eighth.
‘‘I was so disappointed because it’s been a real hard slog and it would have been so rewarding to finish in the top three,’’ he said.
Sunday’s racing presented a new challenge for Hamilton, with the track suddenly dry, but he struggled to adapt to the new conditions and finished seventh.
‘‘The car handled nicely in the dry but I had no straight-line speed. I didn’t realise this until the track was dry,’’ he said.
‘‘I made some changes but they didn’t seem to work and I couldn’t catch the leaders.
‘‘All in all, I’m happy that I finished each race and consolidated a good amount of points for the year, coming sixth for the round and maintaining fourth spot in the championship.’’
Hamilton said his progression would not be possible without the support of sponsors Future Fitness 24/7, North Vic Engines, Cobram Hire, Intune Automotive and Artavilla Emporium.