MOTORSPORT: Gladstone's Jason Busk and his Taunton Motorsports team finished second at the recent Bathurst 12-Hour.
After a fourth place in last year's Mt Panorama event, Busk said last weekend's second place was beyond his wildest dreams.
"Racing at Bathurst last year was an absolute dream come true, but to come back this year and achieve a podium result is better than anything I could have imagined," an excited Busk said.
He got over five hours of track time under his belt throughout the practice sessions and the 12-Hour race.
"The professionalism and organisation of the entire Taunton Motorsports team this year allowed us to hit the ground running throughout the weekend and while we had some front splitter issues during the race on Sunday, the team's amazing efforts and preparation was ultimately reflected in our results," Busk said.
His team raced in the Class I where they were second and were placed first in the Class I Division B in the Marc Focus V8 car.
The successful result could have ended very differently.
During the final stint, team-mate Bryce Fullwood was tagged by another car at the top of the mountain which has sent him into the wall at 180kp/h which wrote off his car.
The race was red flagged which meant the final positions reverted to the previous lap and this rewarded the team with their placings.
Despite Busk, Taunton and Fullwood being at the centre of the team's recognition, there are numerous people behind the scenes who make it all possible for them.
"I have to say a huge thank you to Geoff and Kristen Taunton for allowing Bryce (Fullwood) and I to drive their car, Mick and Dianne Bonnano from Eastgate Engineering, Matt Stone and Aaron Harris from Matt Stone Racing for their engineering and strategy expertise, Alan Peters from Everyday Finance Solutions and every member of our team who have made this incredible experience a possibility," Busk said.
"So much time and effort from the team goes into making us competitive, and without the continued support and commitment of these people and sponsors, we would never have been able to achieve the result we did."
Busk thanked the team's sponsors Eastgate Engineering, Gladrock Transport, Gold Coast Screw Piers, Taunton Excavations, Castrol, Wormpaints, ProLube Lubricants, High Torque Performance, Citi Steel, Diverse Order, Illicit Industries and Brisco Rural for their support during the 12-Hour event.