Tasman Struggles On Low Grip Bahrain Circuit
Tasman Motorsport's Greg Murphy and Jason Richards have struggled to come to grips with the Bahrain International Raceway circuit during practice today for this weekend's Desert 400.
Murphy finished the session with the 18th quickest time, while Richards was five spots further back in 23rd - the results a long way shy of the team's strong showing on the Gold Coast a fortnight ago.
Murphy said he was struggling to find any reliable grip and suggested that perhaps a different compound tyre would be more suited to the circuit.
"There's very little grip here - it's like Barbagallo before it was resealed - and this tyre doesn't work on this type of track," said Murphy.
"Everyone's struggling, but we seem to be doing a lot worse than the others."
"The tyre gets destroyed quick so what you're doing is driving around trying to keep the car on the road and you're not actually racing - it's survival of the fittest."
Richards said he was disappointed with today's performance.
"After the highs of Indy [on the Gold Coast] today wasn't a good start to the weekend," said Richards.
"We're not anywhere near the speed we need to be and we're struggling a lot with the car, so we just have to try tune it in overnight to improve our performance for tomorrow - otherwise it's going to be a long weekend."
Qualifying for the Desert 400 takes place tomorrow morning (Bahrain time), with Race 1 scheduled for later Friday afternoon. The event concludes with the final two races Saturday.