MONDAY 28 NOVEMBER 2011
ALLAN AND TED MAKE MAGIC AT THE ISLAND
It had been over a month since Allan Simonsen suddenly flew back to Australia after his Bathurst 1000 V8 Supercar podium, to drive at the Gold Coast 600.

Then there was the chance to shake down the Maranello Motorsport Ferrari 458 GT3 at the annual Drive Bathurst event.

Rather than make yet another trip to Europe and back, he stayed on and enjoyed the spring weather in Melbourne, before teaming up with his old cohort, Ted Huglin for the Island Magic sportscar race at Phillip Island.

Ted had entered the Lamborghini Gallardo LP560 into the event and he expected to win it! The fact that Allan had just turned the fastest ever lap around Bathurst in the 458 would be helpful to the guys at CCC racing, simply because Allan would get some seat time in the Lambo, prior to the 2012 Bathurst 12 Hour, next February. Even though he and Allan would be arch rivals at the 12 hour, here he had him to provide valuable feedback.
Friday practice was fairly routine since the car was fresh back from Drive Bathurst – Ted had also taken advantage of the event to test it around The Mountain. Setup was changed with heavier springs being installed, to mimic the Eastern Creek setup. Ted was pretty comfortable with the way Allan like the car set.

A great way to wrap up the season with the win and a new lap record.

Island Magic was a big event, with 65 cars entered, 55 qualifying and 50 starting the race. Five years ago Allan and Ted had won the event and were on track the next year (2007) when an output shaft snapped in their Michelotto Ferrari 360 GT.

The weather was however, rather ugly, on Saturday morning. No the less, Allan sneaked in a 1.32 second lap, in wet setup.

As the rain cleared, Ted gave Murray Carter's wife a hot lap - something she will remember for a while!

Qualifying duties and Allan grabbed pole, whilst Ted was 4th. That translated into a win for Allan in the rather wet Saturday afternoon race.

Sunday, and the weather was no better, which caused the co-driver race to be abandoned. That impacted on the main event, with Ted starting from the 11th row. It wasn't long before he was into the top ten.

Twenty two minutes in and a safety car was called. With Ted sitting 40 seconds behind it, a very tactical move was made to stay out and do two laps to catch up to the SC. That done, Ted pitted and Allan was in and away, passing everyone car after car, storming to the front and onto a well deserved victory.

After a tough year in both the Le Mans Series and British GT, where the 430 Scuderia was no longer competitive, it was great to take a solid win.

For Allan, its back to Denmark for a Christmas break and some Roast Duck before heading to Florida for the Roar before the 24, a compulsory test session for the Daytona 24 Hour, where he'll partner Dominik Farnbacher, Patrick Pilet and Ben Keating in one of Kevin Buckler's TRG Porsche 997 Grand Am racers.