Running in the Clubsprint class for the Advan/Hi octane Racing team in 2011 is experienced circuit campaigner Ovidiu Zaberca in his Evo 8 Lancer. Ovi has been involved in the Australian time attack scene forever and actually competed in the Autosalon circuit battle events in his previous Evo IV before stepping up to the Evo 8 he is now campaigning. For 2011 Ovi joins Mark Berry, Russell Newman and Jake Jones in the Advan/Hi Octane livery giving this team a very strong presence in all classes. “there is no question in my mind that the Advan Neova is the tyre to be on in the Clubsprint class” said Ovi “ and to be part of the Advan/Hi Octane Racing team just made an awesome event even better! We have been friends for a long time”
The bright red Evo runs a simple but well sorted package that has seen a first place at the 2010 Evo Nationals in the highly modified class and second outright and a fifth outright in Clubsprint class at World Time Attack 2010. The car runs a set of Tein monoflex coilovers with a bunch of Whiteline gear, a Full Race exhaust manifold and Invidia dump pipe and Turbo XS exhaust and intercooler, a FP Green turbo and a Cosworth Cam and spring package.
Contrary to some mysterious rumours going around that Ovi is an ex Romanian Formula one test driver the reality is that he is the son of a Romanian hill climb racer and started in go karts at a very young age before following in his father’s footsteps and competing in the Romanian hill climb championship. When he immigrated to Australia the bug bit again and he was off to buy an Evo Lancer and so it began. “I will be doing my absolute best this time out” said Ovi “ As I really don’t want to let the team down!!”