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2012 Clipsal 500Mustang Sally was on fire there at Clipsal, she has always loved the streets of Adelaide and this year was no exception. I jagged pole position and managed to win the first race, but could only get to second in race two when they reverse the top ten. Gavin Bullas drove a very good race and did not put a foot wrong.
 
For some reason the series has unseeded Gavin which means he has an extra 300 rpm to use. It’s a strange thing to do as he has won the series twice and is a very quick driver. I was very determined to get the start in race three right; Sally makes awesome starts most of the time. Way better than any V8 Supercar I have ever driven. I am not sure why but it sure is handy!
 
To come away from Adelaide with the Wilson Security Trophy was great for our little team because Wilson Security are my mates and they have been tremendous supporters of my racing.

I noticed with amusement that the XB Coupe that Jim Morton built for Glenn Seton to drive is for sale. The ad says it’s the top TCM car in Australia. I must have missed that bit! Mustang Sally is the top TCM car in Australia and until the XB coupe has won a couple of dozen races Sally will remain there.
 
 
Clipsal... A Win For FPR, Finally
 
Ford fans of Australia can seriously get excited about a potential Championship from the Factory team at FPR. After so many shows of promise, this year they are looking like serious contenders. Both Frosty and Will were right at the pointy end in both races and Will had a well-deserved win on Sunday.
 
With my little drive last year in Tony D'Albertos FPR falcon, I have some idea how good they are and this has obviously carried over into the New Year. There were some disappointing showings too. My friends at DJR did not have the pace they should and the Kelly cars were disappointing except for Rick, who is really a champion in my book.
 
The races were very much dependant on fuel economy though and I think V8 Supercars need to be careful about the category going this way. V8 Supercar racing should not be about who can lean their engine out the most. The general public don’t know what’s going on in lots of instances, and that’s not good.
 
Triple 8 were as always most impressive as was Jono Webb who has a brand new 888 car exactly the same as Craig and Jamie.

The accident that he was involved in on Sunday morning should never have happened. Queuing on race tracks should never happen and the officials need to address it quickly before someone gets hurt. As it was both Webb and Murph got to watch the race from the garage and the repair bill would be well over 100 grand. I'm glad I am not paying the bills.
 
Finally I have to say Fabian Coulthard was very impressive in his first drive for BJR. As you know, the Jones boys are my mates and it was good to see at least one of their cars in the top ten both days at races end. David Wall was also very impressive for a rookie, it was his first Clipsal and he kept his nose clean and did a good job. Doesn't his Wilson Security car look good, it's the best looking car on the track I reckon, it reminds me of my old Ozemail car.

Till next time.

Cheers JB

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