Stouffville, Ontario- May 20, 2018- Ed Hakonson Racing/Team 3 Red and driver Cole Powell kicked off the 2018 season this weekend at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in the #3 Kubota Canada Chevrolet.
The season opener was Powell’s first road course race of his career and the weather played a major part of the weekend. With showers and fog for most of the day Saturday, qualifying was washed out in the afternoon. Powell did see some track time later on Saturday in an abbreviated 30-minute practice session between showers. He did well and was 10th on the practice chart.
Although Powell had limited track time on Saturday the Team was confident in the equipment under their driver, having done on track testing earlier in the month heading into the main event on Sunday afternoon.
With qualifying washed out, the Clarington 200 starting lineup was determined by 2017 Owner’s points. Starting from the 14th position the focus for the first race of the season was to get seat time and learn. Powell logged laps and got through his first 2 pit stops for fuel and tires under the direction of Crew Chief Craig Masters. Powell continued to log laps and by lap 27 was up to the 10th spot.
The 51-lap event played out and the after working through cautions and a few longer runs Cole posted a 6th place in his #3 Kubota Chevrolet.
Team Manager Jason Hathaway was proud of the Team’s finish. “This was a solid day for us today. P6 in our first road course together is great. The hard work at the shop and the crew’s work this weekend paid off for the team today. Cole kept the car clean and that helps the Team to prepare for the next event. “