V-Sport family member Daniel Burton has put in a strong performance at the IPRA Nationals over the weekend, claiming two race victories, two runner ups and a new lap record. Taking place at Wakefield Park Raceway, Daniel contested the Improved Production Under 2.0 litre category in his race-prepared Honda Civic. The event marked the biggest on the calendar, and final round of the season, but for Daniel, this was his first time behind the wheel of the civic in two years.
Daniel’s impressive results across the weekend ceratinly didn’t come with ease. Practice on Friday saw him return to the pits overheating, off the pace and down on power.
“I went out for a couple of practice sessions and found that my car was over heating. After some modifications to the cooling system on Friday night and Saturday morning, I found the car had some more pace on Saturday. I recorded a 105.3333 in Q1, which was good enough to put me on the front row of the grid in P2,” says Daniel.
Of the two qualifying sessions, Daniel placed second and third, and qualified in second position for the Top 10 Shootout on Saturday afternoon.
“I played it conservative in the shooutout, knowing I had more races ahead. I finished up fourth in a time of 1:06:052, which I was happy with.”
After Daniel’s strong performance in qualifying, the first race couldn’t come soon enough. Asserting his dominance over the field almost instantly, Daniel took the lead early on, running home with the win.
“Race 1, I got a good start from the front row, and the jump on Bob Jowett. I held it together and stayed out the front for the whole race, taking my first race win in IPRA.”
Race 2 saw Daniel lead the field again from the startline, however, a well timed attack from fellow driver Andrew Tendli saw Daniel relegated to second position, and left to chase for the win. In his efforts to reclaim the lead, Daniel set a new lap record for under 2.0L at Wakefield.
“I got passed coming out of turn 2 for the run up the hill. I continued to push hard trying to run him
Race 3 and Daniel continued his leading fashion from green light to chequered flag, scoring his second race victory for the weekend.
“Race 3, I started on the front row again, and managed to hold out Justin McClintock and take another race win.”
Though it had been a long weekend for all drivers up to this point, the final race on Sunday proved to be the biggest hurdle, with accidents, safety cars, heat and stamina all coming in to play. The longest of all four races, Daniel was forced to adopt new tactics to make it to the finish.
“Being a 23 lap race, I knew my fuel capacity was going to be tight and I had to think a head and try and conserve fuel where I could. I had a great start and lead in the beginning, until Andrew passed me again. I ended up finishing in second. I am really happy with this result, and the whole weekend.”
Daniel has expressed an interest in undertaking the series next year, but only after important upgrades over the break.
“I have a great brake and suspension set-up on my car, which comes from my experience working with Comp Friction. This allowed me to make up lots of time under brakes and through the corners this weekend. Power is where I am lacking though. Some people didn’t believe me when I told them I’m still running a stock K20A engine.”
We’ll be bringing you updates on Daniel’s progress over the break, along with a in-depth look at the braking and suspension system that makes his civic so competitive.
From all of us at V-Sport, Congratulations Dan!