Danny Buzadzic has left Round 2 of the Australian V8 Ute Series at Perth’s Barbagallo Raceway with confidence in his Western General Bodyworks sponsored Ford Falcon FG after a weekend of speed.
Buzadzic’s results over the weekend were hampered by an excursion off track in the second race but the ‘The Buzz’ is more than happy with his progress in the series ahead of the next round in Darwin.
“Overall I think we had a really good weekend,’ said Buzadzic.
“The car was definitely good and had speed but I was hurt by going off at Turn 7 in the second race.”
After qualifying in 20th position, Buzadzic moved up to 18th over the course of the opening race – unable to climb further in the freight train of the mid pack.
“It was really busy around me with a lot of cars head to tail which made it really hard to move forward. There’s not much you can do when it’s like that,” explained Buzadzic.
Luck was on Buzadzic’s side with the second race becoming a top 19 inversion – putting him on the front row. After leading the opening lap, Buzadzic held onto a top three position for the first few laps before a slight error heading into the difficult turn seven caught him out and sent him off track.
“I just outbraked myself. It felt like I braked at the same place as prior laps but I think I applied a bit too much pressure and locked a brake as I tried to turn. It was really disappointing because the car was strong at that point,” he said.
The off forced Buzadzic into the pits and he finished the race in 26th place, before improving to 23rd in the final.
Western General Bodyworks Racing has a two-day test ahead of the third round at Darwin’s Hidden Valley Raceway.
Buzadzic feels more time in the car ahead of the next round will help him refine the leaps and bounds he made this weekend.
“My gear shifts are the best they have ever been and I’m braking really well,” he said.
“A bit of driver training and test time will be really beneficial ahead of Darwin. The Holden seems to have a bit more torque on the long straights so I will have to work hard to make the best of the tighter corners.” Buzadzic added.
Round three of the series takes place at Darwin’s Hidden Valley circuit, 20-22 June.