PROTECNICA RACING'S GALLANT OVERNIGHT EFFORTS COME TO NOUGHT
A mammoth recovery effort has ended in frustration for Protecnica Racing and Chris Alajajian in Round 6 of the Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series at Mount Panorama, Bathurst.
An incident late in Race 1 sprung the team into action to completely rebuild the rear end of the Jack Hillermans Smash / Elf Lubricants Commodore. Parts were brought to the circuit from Sydney, and after an all-night effort in conjunction with the Smash Repair Team, the car made it back on-track today for Race 2.
From 28th on the grid, Alajajian made impressive progress to be running in 15th place on Lap 3, before making light contact with the wall at Forrests Elbow which eliminated him from the race.
"The guys and the Smash Repair Team did a sensational job to give me a car to race today," said Alajajian, 19. "There was a lot of damage, but they worked really hard all night and pulled it off.
"The car was good all things considered, and I was able to move up the order fairly quickly. I slowly started to catch Grant Denyer and Jay Verdnik, who were having a bit of a battle.
"Denyer looked down the inside of Verdnik at Forrests Elbow, but he had to get out of it and slowed, which forced me wide. On the exit, I just understeered wide and tagged the wall."
Despite showing increased competitiveness as the weekend wore on, it was an outing to forget for the Sydneysiders.
"It wasn't a good weekend for us at all," said Alajajian. "We started off fairly conservatively in practice and our pace improved considerably.
"From the Cutting to Forrests Elbow I was catching a lot of cars, but we lacked a bit of power, so they'd pull away on the straights."
The team now turn their attention to the final round of the Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series, which will be held at Phillip Island Raceway in Victoria on December 8-10.
"Full credit goes to our guys along with a massive thanks to the Smash Repair Team, to turn the car around overnight," said Protecnica Racing team owner Scott Anderson.
"We moved up the order in terms of pace from where we started, and in Race 2 Chris was making good ground, but it didn't go our way ultimately."