Bathurst: Tasman Motorsport Thursday report

Crash in Bathurst practice puts Tasman behind A second lap crash on top of Mount Panorama has put Tasman Motorsport behind its rivals in pre-race preparation on the opening day of on-track activities for this year's Bathurst 1000. Andrew Jones...

Crash in Bathurst practice puts Tasman behind

A second lap crash on top of Mount Panorama has put Tasman Motorsport behind its rivals in pre-race preparation on the opening day of on-track activities for this year's Bathurst 1000.

Andrew Jones was behind the wheel of the #3 Firepower Commodore this morning when he made a small error on the exit of McPhilliamy Park and the car veered back across the track and into the concrete wall.

The accident put the car, which he will share with Kiwi Jason Richards in this weekend's V8 Supercar endurance classic, out of the day's proceedings to allow the team to focus on fully-repairing it to return to the track tomorrow.

The car, the same one used by Richards to finish second at Bathurst last year, received heavy front-end damage though the team have swung into action to begin rebuilding it for practice and qualifying.

With the #3 car out of action, Richards stepped aboard the #23 car shared by Owen Kelly and Mark Noske to run a few laps before Jones also took a turn.

As all four drivers are cross-entered between the two cars and final driver pairings don't need to be nominated to officials until 5.30pm today, the #3 driving line-up were at least able to run a few laps of the 6.2-kilometre course.

QUOTEBOOK

Andrew Jones (#3 Firepower/Tasman Motorsport Commodore VZ)
"I just got up onto the outside kerb on the exit of McPhillamy Park and it gripped up and fired back across the track and into the inside wall. It slid along the wall for quite a long time before it pointed in the right direction. It's really unfortunate. I wasn't running on the edge because it was only the second lap of the first day of practice. But we can come back from this. It's better to have it happen today than on Sunday when it really counts."

Jason Richards (#3 Firepower/Tasman Motorsport Commodore VZ)
"It's really good to get back in a car and at least do a few laps because it gives you something to go back and have a think about tonight. The accident in #3 has put a strain on the team in terms of giving all the drivers less laps than they otherwise would have. But it's good from the viewpoint that it gives us all a better chance for tomorrow because we've all had a bit of time in the car.

Owen Kelly (#23 Firepower/Tasman Motorsport Commodore VZ)
"It's definitely not the ideal way to start the weekend with having a minimal amount of laps but it's important that Jason and Andrew get some laps of the track before tomorrow. Mark and I have both done enough testing this year and been here a number of times so we will be able to press on tomorrow."

Mark Noske (#23 Firepower/Tasman Motorsport Commodore VZ)
"I found the car a little nervous over the top of the Mountain during the few laps that I did but we were able to do some work on that during the session. I haven't done many laps to really be able to gauge just where we're at in this early part of the weekend in relation to the other cars."

-credit: tm

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Series Supercars
Drivers Andrew Jones , Jason Richards , Mark Noske , Owen Kelly