A Tough Weekend in Thailand

A Tough Weekend in Thailand

Australian racing driver and good friend and partner of Mudtamer, Jackson Rice, has just spent time over at the Chang International Circuit competing in the Super Endurance Thailand. Pairing with fellow Australian and driver of the Mudtamer ute in the Asia Cross Country Rally, Mike Freeman, the pair faced a weekend filled with its difficulties.

Jackson climbing into the Mazda race car in Thailand

In practice one they managed P7 overall and P3 within their class so it was obvious the pair had pace! Taking their Mazda into qualifying, the team put together a solid result starting from P11 on the grid for race one. During the race they made a solid start and were leading their class until they were met with a couple of misfortunes. A small electrical problem and lower ball joint failure took them out of the race and left the pit crew with a lot of work to do in 8 hours with qualifying for the second race looming.


The crew working to fix the Mazda in the pits

In the final race, Jackson had a brilliant start and was making great pace. Unfortunately, like the rest of the weekend, it was not meant to be. He was hit with a gearbox failure which saw the end of the weekend’s action for him and the team. Unfortunately these are the ups and downs of motorsport and while they are frustrating for the drivers, the unpredictability is one of the things that keeps us coming back for more!

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