New Mustang ticks the boxes for Ben Grice
It was a near faultless debut for the new All American Driveline and Auto Parts Ford Mustang as driver Ben Grice finished with strong results across the three races of the Turtle Wax Trans Am Series held last weekend at Sydney Motorsport Park.
Grice finished a best of fourth in Race 1, although he did cross the line third in the second encounter, a 10s penalty was applied post-event as a result of contact with James Moffat at Turn 2.
Summarising the weekend, Grice was impressed by how the new Mustang performed, though admitted there was some learning to be done.
“It was pretty good and positive,” Grice said. “We learnt heaps and worked together, luckily I have a real good bunch of guys.
“We were pretty fast being only half a second off pole, but the races were a bit tough.”
Race 3 in the rain provided a new challenge for Grice in the Mustang having not raced in those conditions as a combination before the weekend.
“We fogged up pretty much straight away under the safety car,” Grice described.
“I felt like I needed a guide dog out there because I couldn’t see a thing. That’s a problem that we’ve learnt with this brand new car, so we’ll sort out some foggy problems.”
Grice was pleased to leave SMP with no damage and a heap of learnings before heading to Bathurst.
“I was happy to run in the top five, we’ve got a straight car to go to Bathurst,” he summarised.
“I think we made the car better and better this weekend, so I feel like we should be pretty strong up there.
“We weren’t slow and if a few things went my way, I’m sure we would have had a podium.”
The final round of the Turtle Wax Trans Am Series will be at Bathurst on November 30-December 4.