RaceAway Track Time driving instructor Harry Hayek has staged an impressive debut in the Kumho V8 Touring Car Series – widely recognised as the third tier of Supercars racing in Australia –finishing in the top five overall at Queensland Raceway on the weekend.
Harry has been a long time friend of our owners Phil and Karen Alexander, having competed alongside their sons Gene and Carey in go-karts.
After a stint in the Australian Formula 4 Championship, Harry decided to pursue the international racing dream and travelled overseas, where he competed in the British F4 and F3 Championships. Sadly, a British F3 crash at Snetterton in May last year left him with a broken back, and he returned home; the weekend’s Kumho Series outing was his comeback race.
“I loved being back in a race car, I had a ton of fun!” Harry said after the weekend.
“It was my first race meeting in a tin-top rather than an open-wheeler, so it felt quite foreign – I didn’t have a lot of testing before the weekend, so I was learning as I went along.”
Harry qualified his Brad Jones Racing Commodore third outright – a fine effort considering his lack of seat time, and then finished fifth, fourth and sixth in the three races.
“It took me some time to dial myself back into a racing environment – at the start of the first race, I was racing door-to-door with other cars, and learning the perception and spatial awareness of a touring car was quite a challenge,” he said.
“I set some really good times in Race 2, but in Race 3 I overheated the clutch off the start line and lost some spots.
“With some more testing, I’m sure I can improve and be closer to the front-runners but in the meantime, I’m looking forward to attending some more RaceAway Track Time events and sharing my racing knowledge with those who want to learn more about driving on the track!”