On Saturday night we held our big celebration dinner at an Italian restaurant in Parramatta. We had a great, and fairly noisy evening, and presented the team with trophies for championship season. Thanks to the gorgeous models, Sheridyn and Laura, for coming along and adding some glamour to the evening and to Peter Black for taking some really memorable photographs of the night!
2003 Series Result
This year we won the Silver Star series in the best way; we were quick and reliable and had the award all sewn up with one round to go. We finished with just short of 200 points. This year we also had our best Gold Star series position of 6th, which is a great starting point to step up to the next challenge and I'd like to take the opportunity to thank some very significant people in our program.
Bruce Linn of EDS has contributed an enormous amount to our team over the years. He has sponsored us as we have grown and acquired the skills and infrastructure to compete successfully at this level. Bruce has also participated as a team member at race tracks in Australia and New Zealand. It would be fair to say that without Bruce's patronage we wouldn't have been competitive at this level. EDS have sponsored our team for the last three years. The support of a major international corporation has provided our team with more than just funds. Their ongoing involvement significantly enhances our credibility and networking capability as we seek other corporate support.
We have developed a reputation for reliability and straight-line speed over our five years in this series. A large part of that is due to the skill of Doug Veale, principal of Adelaide based Cantech Precision Engineering. Doug is a superb engineer and also a very pragmatic designer and has built some fantastic race engines and provided technical direction for most of the cars mechanical elements. The direct result is a vehicle that both performs well and has a remarkable finishing record. I wouldn't want to compare the number of mechanical DNFs to the number of driver mistakes, as I'm pretty sure I'd loose out. I'm certainly glad that he sees fit to make time for an automotive sideline to his high tech commercial engineering business.
In 1999 on our first trip to Canberra our team made the acquaintance of the Gerhardt family, Rebecca and Barbara having been friends and colleagues for years. It was one of those moments that take on a greater importance as time goes by. Since then Gil, Barbara and Garrett have contributed enthusiastically to the teams operations, both visibly as team members at the track but also behind the scenes. We are extremely grateful for their support, friendship, dedication and off the wall sense of humour!
My wife and best friend, Rebecca Peters, has once again organised every aspect of the team's participation, in spite of a difficult year facing all sorts of medical problems. Her professionalism and attention to detail at events ensure that we never have any problems to distract us and her tactical skills during races are a fundamental part of our team's success.
Finally to our track team, Sam Lee, Garret Gerhardt and Steve Davis; thanks not only for your dedication, resourcefulness and commitment, but also for your company and good cheer. This sport is a team game in spite of glory hound drivers and you guys are truly winners.
2004 holds much in store for us all. We will be spending the summer raising the bar again and preparing for a year that may hold some more international travel as well as our own domestic series.