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TJ Hartman Racing News January 8, 2013

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Photo Courtesy of Brad Allan - TJ waits in staging at Archerfield Speedway with the Polar Ice Midget Series!

 

TJ Hartman Racing - Update: Back and Forth!

 

 

 

Brisbane, QLD Australia - January 8, 2013...

 

 

 

It was a night of ups and downs once again for the Puyallup, WA based driver, as his hopes to build some momentum in the return to Brisbane's Supercheap Auto Archerfield Speedway were dashed.  A night of mistakes plagued the Queensland team and at the end of the night, TJ brought the Q57 Sid Whittaker Racing/ Australian Paving Services midget home with a disappointing 8th place finish.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TJ qualified the Esslinger powered King chassis in the 10th position, which would slot him starting 3rd in the first round of heat races.  Backing up to finish 4th, TJ knew he had something amiss.  "Hot laps and qualifying were greasy," states a dejected Hartman.  "So I didn't get a chance to really feel the car out and we missed it for the heat race.  All we could do was get ready for the next heat."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Taking the grid in the 4th slot of the 4th and final heat race, TJ got off to a great start around the high line of the .4km clay oval.  But just as the night started to turn around, the pendulum shifted again, and TJ found himself getting towed back to the pit area.  He talks about the move that cost him:  "I missed the bottom just a bit and slid up coming out of the corner.  The next thing I knew someone was inside of me and ran over my left front and knocked the front end out of the car.  I'm really not sure what else I was supposed to do to stay out of his way.  But that's about how the whole night was going for me."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The poor heat results would slot the Q57 outside of the 5th row to start the main event.  From there the news got worse when officials cut the laps to try and maintain curfew on an evening that also included a slew of 410 winged sprintcars.  "It's just part of being the support class," TJ states.  "But fifteen laps is not a lot of time to make something happen when you're already struggling on the night.  I ran the top and got up to around sixth but it was tough hitting the marks and I fell back a few spots.  It's not how I wanted the night to go."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TJ would take the checkered flag in the 8th position and pondered what it is going to take in order to get the team the finishes he believes they are capable of.  He reveals his thoughts:  "I talked with Shane (Stewart) after the race and it's just reality that sometimes you're going to struggle.  You can't always put your finger on why, it just is what it is.  Sid has a great car for me and Col's engine is more than capable of getting me to the front.  We just have to put it all together."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The team will break until January 26th, when they return to Archerfield for the Australian Midget Championship.  TJ is hopeful the bad luck and gremlins are behind them and he can finish the campaign off strong.  "We've got the right equipment and I know I'm capable in these cars.  We just need all the pieces to fall into place again.  Tonight was a learning curve for sure," TJ states with optimism in his voice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Follow TJ on twitter at http://www.twitter.com/tjhartman19 or on TJ's Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/tjhartmanracing for the latest info from Down Under!

 

 

 

Next scheduled stop - Finding all the pieces!

 

 


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