Tim Miles and Jaxon Evans have hailed a superhuman effort by their Melbourne Performance Centre team after scoring a podium place finish in Sunday’s Hampton Downs 500.
During Saturday’s wet second Qualifying session, Miles struck a puddle on the back straight which sent him hurtling into the concrete wall without any warning, heavily damaging the front chassis rail as well as many other components mounted near the front of the car.
The #75 Jamec Pem entry bounced back from the crash in Qualifying to get the car repaired over night and take second in Round 3 of the Australian Endurance Championship at the New Zealand venue.
The podium helps Miles and Evans retain the championship standings lead by 76-points, after a strong start to the season saw them take two wins in just as many races.
“Unbelievable,” said an ecstatic Miles after the race.
“Jaxon [Evans] drove brilliantly all weekend, he didn’t make any mistakes and obviously I made a big one yesterday with the crash.
“A real big thanks to MPC for getting the car back together overnight – unbelievable.
“The car was faultless today and Jaxon took it from fourth to second – his pace was amazing – really good!”
Carrera Cup Australia star Evans, was also elated with the achievement, expressing gratitude to his team who worked until 11pm on Saturday night repairing the damaged R8.
“Tim doesn’t give himself enough credit,” said Evans.
“But massive thank you to the MPC boys.
“Considering where this car was 24-hours ago, it’s a massive turn around and awesome to grab a good result.
“It was just about keeping the head down now and staying focused.
“I can’t thank the team enough! We’ll go off to Highlands and see if we can wrap up the championship there”.
The final round of the Australian Endurance Championship takes place at Highlands Motorsport Park from November 10-12.