Richards secures coveted spot in Bathurst Top 10 Shootout A brilliant lap from Dodo Racing's Jason Richards has launched him into a prized starting position for the Top 10 Shootout in the Super Cheap Auto 1000 at Bathurst in New South...
Richards secures coveted spot in Bathurst Top 10 Shootout
A brilliant lap from Dodo Racing's Jason Richards has launched him into a prized starting position for the Top 10 Shootout in the Super Cheap Auto 1000 at Bathurst in New South Wales.
The Kiwi ace, who finished third in the recent Sandown 500, lapped Mount Panorama in 2m08.1325s to be seventh fastest in today's qualifying session.
The 1hr 15-minute session was hit by rain with 30 minutes to go, forcing all of the teams to the pits and therefore, unable to improve on their posted times.
The single-lap Shootout for pole position will be held at Bathurst tomorrow in front of a live television audience and being a part of it is an important element of the weekend for Richards.
"It's actually been a bit of a dream of mine to take part in the traditional Saturday pole day shootout," said Richards.
"The lap was quick but I was on an even quicker one later on. We were 0.14s faster than Garth Tander's time (who ultimately wound up fourth quickest) to the second sector of the lap but traffic in the latter part of it put us behind come the finish line.
"When the weather started to roll in that meant we couldn't go any faster. But it does mean that we have some good tyres left to use tomorrow in the Shootout.
"There's always traffic in qualifying when 34 cars are on the track and across the top of the Mountain it's hard for a slower car to get out of the way. You have to be patient and that's also true for Sunday.
"It's a brilliant result for our team. I think we've cemented ourselves as a competitive team among the field and a few more people are taking us seriously now."
Tony D'Alberto qualified the team's #23 Dodo Commodore in 25th position. The young gun had a solid day, finishing third in the earlier HPDC V8 Supercar Series race.
"I was a little disappointed with the time in the end, but to be honest it's not such a bad result for my first time in the 1000-kilometre race," said D'Alberto.
"I thought we could have dived into the 2m09s bracket but we didn't quite get there. We have to work on the car across the top of the Mountain but I'm happy. It's the fastest I've ever been here so I can't complain too much."
He will share the car with Kiwi Fabian Coulthard on Sunday while Jamie Whincup will team with Richards in the lead #3 Commodore VZ.
Richards will gun for pole position tomorrow in the Top 10 Shootout at 3.40pm AEST.