Bahrain: Tasman Motorsport Friday report

Disastrous opening race for Tasman in Bahrain A drive through penalty and innocent involvement in an early race accident has made for a difficult opening event at the Desert 400 in Bahrain for Tasman drivers Jason Richards and Andrew ...

Disastrous opening race for Tasman in Bahrain

A drive through penalty and innocent involvement in an early race accident has made for a difficult opening event at the Desert 400 in Bahrain for Tasman drivers Jason Richards and Andrew Jones.

After qualifying 17th, Richards had pretty much held position in the early stages and spent quite some time dicing with a range of cars, including current V8 Supercar Champion Russell Ingall.

But a touch on lap 18 of 27 with Dean Canto that spun Canto's Commodore at turn one earnt the Kiwi a drive through penalty and he would re-join to finish a distant 23rd.

But at least he finished, as team-mate Andrew Jones' Superservice Menus car was eliminated in a crash with his uncle Brad's Falcon on lap four.

QUOTEBOOK

Jason Richards (#3 Superservice Menus/Tasman Motorsport Commodore VZ)

"I lost a few spots at the start. A few cars went on the outside going into the first corner, which got them clear of the bottleneck and they were the ones that made up positions. This track has actually tended to make for some good racing. It's so wide that you can run two abreast properly without drama. I had a great fight with Russell Ingall there for a while and we must have passed one another three or four times, which is something you don't do very often in racing! With the incident with Canto he just braked a bit early and I just locked the rears a little. I apologised to him and paid the price with the penalty."

Andrew Jones (#23 Superservice Menus/Tasman Motorsport Commodore VZ)

"I'd actually got past a few cars on the first lap but then Paul Morris made a move on me into turn six, which was no problem. But he couldn't stop in time for the corner and hit Brad and he went around and into me. The car actually stopped on the way back to the pits and I couldn't restart it but it fired back up and I drove it back. The engine ran hot in the first few laps actually so we already had some problems and I was doing a little bit of weaving to get some clean air in it. Paul (Morris) probably thought I was blocking him, which wasn't my intent at all. But the contact badly damaged my car and we'll start from the back of the field tomorrow."

-credit: tasman motorsport

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Series Supercars
Drivers Russell Ingall , Andrew Jones , Dean Canto , Paul Morris , Jason Richards