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Hamilton rounds out year

By Liam Nash

After flying around bends at break-neck speeds at Winton Raceway on October 19 and 20, Cobram’s Ben Hamilton has finished this year’s Victorian Series of the Australian Pulsar Racing Association in fifth spot.

Hamilton took his Nissan Pulsar into five races across last weekend to a mixed bag of results, eventually rounding out the final event of the competition’s calendar in fourth place.

Reflecting on the year, Hamilton was satisfied with his placing considering he has missed one of the five events.

“I felt like I had the pace to make the top three, but it seemed like every race the car behaved different, which was frustrating,” he said.

“Overall it has been a good year, the car was really reliable and finished every race of the season.

“(To finish in fifth) is pretty good considering I only raced in four events this year.”

A strong start nearly turned to disaster for Hamilton, who came into trouble approaching the back end of the opening race.

“I ran out of brake pads with about two laps left, going at about 180 km/h,” he said.

“Luckily there aren’t a lot of walls at Winton, so I took a tour over the grass and ended up finishing that one in fifth.”

Fueled by a desire to claw back some ground, Hamilton and his Pulsar pushed through the rest of the weekend’s races to round out what has been a positive season behind the wheel.

Looking to the future, the next blip on Hamilton’s radar is to make the jump from the APRA to the Touring Car Racing, a competition televised and streamed worldwide.

“I would love to be racing in the TCR, the potential for growth and exposure for partners is huge,” he said.

With a test day lined up with Australian giant Garry Rogers Motorsport in January, the Cobram driver will look to put his foot on the pedal and move towards bigger and better things.