DISAPPOINTMENT FOR JIM AND THE SHANNONS JAVELIN IN ADELAIDE.
11 MARCH 2016
After a very promising start to opening round of the Touring Car Masters at the Clipsal 500 meeting in Adelaide it all turned sour in the second race when the gear drive that drives the oil pump and water pump broke at the end of the 8th lap.
At the time Jim had moved up to second place behind Greg Ritter in the Tony Hunter Chev Monza and was confident he had the pace to challenge for the lead.
Coming onto the front straight with two laps to go the gear drive broke and with falling oil pressure and the rising temperatures a certainty Jim had no choice to close it down before any damage was done.
"Itís just one of those things that happens at times and there is not much you can do about it. It was an aluminium unit which we have had no problems with in the past but I think we will replace it with a steel unit this time." said Jim.
The team did not have a spare so unfortunately the weekend was over.
The weekend got off to a positive start with Jim recording a fifth and a fourth place in the two twenty minute practice sessions despite using some old tyres.
Qualifying turned out to be very close with only seven tenths of a second separating the top four cars of Glenn Seton in the Mustang, John Bowe in the Torana, Ritter and Jim.
In the first race there was nothing between the top four and the order at the finish was Ritter, Bowe, Seton and Jim but it wasnít until the car came back into the pits that the crew discovered a broken rear sway bar on the Javelin.
Starting from fourth in race two Jim fought to displace Seton and Bowe and was only a hundred metres behind Ritter and closing before the failure.
"To be honest while it was disappointing not to finish the weekend the positive from the meeting is that the car has never gone better and the handling was great". said Jim.
The engine is already out of the car so a new drive pulley can be fitted in preparation for Round two which will be the Shannons meeting at Sandown the first weekend in April.
Next weekend will be the start of a busy period for Jim as he will be at the Phillip Island Historic meeting where he will be driving the original Group C BMW 635 that he raced as a brand new car in 1982 and then the following weekend he will be at the Australian GP meeting as a guest with Porsche.
Straight after the GP Jim will be in Tasmania to do three days of reconnaissance in Launceston on Monday the 11th of April.
Jim and co-driver Barry Oliver will be lining up for their 24th time in the prestigious event and will compete in the six day classic in a Porsche Cayman GT4 in the GT2 class which is designed for two wheel drive showroom cars with very limited modifications permitted.
Just to confuse the issue there is a GT4 class for four wheel drive showroom cars and these two new classes have been initiated by the TT organisers to get away from the highly modified cars seen in recent years.
For the late model cars the focus is now very much on showroom condition to better represent what the modern cars are capable of achieving.
Apart from Shannons Insurance as Jimís major sponsor he is also supported by Porsche, Leatherman Tools, Adrenalin and Dunlop.
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