In what was his debut race meeting in the Dunlop Super2 Series with Tickford Racing, Thomas Randle had a weekend which was unfortunately short-lived.
Having been his first time in a Supercar on the Adelaide Parklands Circuit, and having only ever completed three full laps of the track before he arrived, Randle showed his speed early on in practice, finishing sixth overall just 0.1 of a second behind third position.
A small mistake in qualifying on his second new tyre run cost him a top-five starting position for race one, and he would ultimately begin the first race on Friday afternoon in ninth grid position.
However on the third lap of the opening race, a component failure in the power steering going into the fastest and most unforgiving corner on the track lead to the Skye Sands Falcon making heavy contact with the notorious Turn 8 wall. The damage sustained being too significant to repair at the track, bringing a premature end to Randle’s first weekend in the Dunlop Super2 Series.
“The weekend was going really well,” said Randle.
“I didn’t really have any expectations on where we would be as I haven’t raced against a lot of these guys before. To be in the top six straight away and having the speed to be top-five in qualifying having never driven a supercar around the Adelaide circuit was fantastic. I was just getting into a rhythm in the race and unfortunately the power steering let go after a high-pressure hose failed.
It has been an awesome first weekend working with all the guys at Tickford Racing. The amount of support and guidance they have given me so far has been fantastic and I am already looking forward to getting back in the car in Tasmania, which will be another new circuit for me; and showing even more speed.”
The second round of the Dunlop Super2 Series will be held at Symmons Plains Raceway in Tasmania over the weekend of April 6th - 8th.