Albert Park: Tasman Motorsport Saturday report

Jones fights through field in second V8 race at Albert Park Tasman Motorsport's new 2006 signing Andrew Jones has finished 13th in today's second race for the Panasonic V8 Supercars at Albert Park in support of the Foster's Australian...

Jones fights through field in second V8 race at Albert Park

Tasman Motorsport's new 2006 signing Andrew Jones has finished 13th in today's second race for the Panasonic V8 Supercars at Albert Park in support of the Foster's Australian Grand Prix.

Jones, who started from 22nd spot, made handy progress during the 100- kilometre event and his level-headed approach resulted in his best finish of the season so far.

While others in front spun or lost their cool in the 19-lapper, the 25-year- old improved nine spots today in a race that featured a light rain shower during a Safety Car period that threatened to cause havoc with the field.

However, as was the case with team-mate Jason Richards on Friday, Jones has been handed a 30-second penalty for his involvement in a lap one crash.

Tasman Motorsport has appealed the decision after electing not to appeal yesterday's penalty handed down to Richards. The appeal will be heard at 9am in the morning.

Following the GRM Commodore of Lee Holdsworth, Jones had nowhere to go when the former had a slide and made contact with Holdsworth, who bounced off the wall and into the path of Rick Kelly and Tasman driver Richards.

Richards took to the grass to avoid the melee, though couldn't pull up in time for the next corner and hit Warren Luff and Brad Jones as they turned into the left hander at turn 15.

The damage to the Sleepyhead Commodore is too extensive to be repaired in time for tomorrow's third and final race, leaving Jones as the team's sole representative.

The V8 Supercars will return to the 5.3-kilometre street layout for their final race tomorrow.

QUOTEBOOK

Jason Richards (#3 Sleepyhead/Tasman Motorsport Holden Commodore VZ)
"I had swerved to avoid Holdsworth, who had a lose and ended up in the wall. He rolled back onto the track and Rick Kelly hit him, but I missed him.

"But I couldn't stop for the next corner on the grass and hit the freight train of cars as they turned the corner. That's it for us for the weekend so I'll be a spectator tomorrow for race three.

"Still, I'm really encouraged with our speed from the weekend. I'm still extremely disappointed with the decision on the passing manoeuvre on Friday, but it highlights the potential for a lot of drama in the reverse grid races in the championship."

Andrew Jones (#23 Sleepyhead/Tasman Motorsport Holden Commodore VZ)
"Holdsworth had a big oversteering moment on the exit of the corner and I just had nowhere to go when he lifted off the throttle in a place where you normally are not. The race was great otherwise. I gained four or five spots thanks to a couple of incidents and probably the same amount due to actual passing moves.

"The car was faster than yesterday and hopefully we can find some more speed tomorrow. The car probably had more speed than the fastest lap time showed, but I was stuck behind John Bowe from the Safety Car period onwards when the car and its tyres were at their optimum."

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Series Supercars
Drivers Andrew Jones , Rick Kelly , Brad Jones , Jason Richards , John Bowe , Lee Holdsworth , Warren Luff