Alajajian Smashes Lap Record In A Podium Finish

by Arin Der Vartanian
In another weekend full of drama, Chris Alajajian has managed to push through the misfortunes of mechanical difficulties, to smash the lap record at the Australian Grand Prix and finish off his weekend on the podium.
Chris competed in the Mini Challenge for Jack Hillermans Smash Repair Team along big names such as Footy Show legend Sam Newman, Channel 7 personality Grant Denyer, and V8 Supercars Jason Bargwanna’s cousin, Scott Bargwanna.
The weekend consisted of 3 races in the fastest Mini in the world. Race 1 looked extremely promising, with Alajajian moving up 2 positions in the race from 4th place on the starting grid, to finish the shortened 4-lap race in 2nd place.
Race 2 saw a reversed grid, but that didn’t seem to phase The Chris at all, as he manoeuvred around his competition effortlessly, and got up to as high as 3rd place. However fears that déjà vu of Chris’ last race weekend at the Clipsal 500 (Adelaide) was about to set in; as his Mini Cooper got into “Limp Mode” causing the revolutions of the car to decrease significantly. Chris was forced to restart his car twice during Race 2 and fell behind the field crossing the finish line in 16th place.
This result put Alajajian 10th on the starting grid for the third and final race, where the commentator of the race stated, “it’s going to be difficult for [Alajajian] at the back of the pack to make up that ground”. The boy wonder proved the spectators wrong, and displayed patience and daring overtaking moves to battle his way into 3rd place with a lap to go in the race.
On the final lap the commentator gave Alajajian a well-deserved wrap, naming him as “the driver of the race … Had a problem in yesterday’s race, started in grid box 10, and he’s worked himself up into a position where he’s at the podium, he bided his time, beat cars off one at a time”.
The overall winner of the weekend was Paul Stokell of Decorug Racing, with Gary Young (Stillwell Mini Garage) placing second and Chris Alajajian (Jack Hillermans Smash Repairs) taking third. Not only does Chris take home the podium finish, he also created history by recording the fastest ever lap time at the Australian F1 Grand Prix circuit.
The weekend was a big relief from the disappointed Alajajian experienced in Adelaide just 5 days prior, where nothing seemed to go right for him. However it appears he’s booted the monkey well off his back and is in the race to regain his mantle as Australia’s young motor racing superstar.

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