Jack Perkins comes off the bench, Jason Bright takes a shortcut, and Dale Wood holds a grudge; V8 Supercars driver Tony D’Alberto breaks down all the action from Sydney Motorsport Park.
Well, Jack Perkins certainly had an interesting weekend. He rocks up in Sydney for a nice, easy weekend – and winds up replacing James Courtney!
It’s a tough thing to do, and I think Jack handled it very well given that he thought he was just going up to Sydney for a 30-minute practice session and a bit of corporate for the weekend.
To then switch in to qualifying mode, and deal with the long race on Sunday, I think he did well. Eleventh on Sunday was great, and even Saturday he was ahead of expectations given that he’s not racing full-time this year. To match the other Walkinshaw cars was impressive.
He switched on quickly, which is key. And as difficult as it might be, he was the envy of every co-driver in pit-lane – I can tell you that right now!
The whole situation just shows you that you never know what can happen. It’s lucky HRT had its co-drivers on hand.
Shane gets it wrong, Jason cuts it short
This is a really difficult one. I guess the precedent was set when David Reynolds cut through the grass in Darwin earlier this year.
Shane van Gisbergen stuffed up when he went straight in to Jason Bright’s door. That’s pretty clear, and he said as much afterwards.
From there, Bright took his chance by cutting the track and retaining third place – and why wouldn’t he? If he’d turned around he would have finished at the back anyway, so his best option was to cut the track and go for it, despite the risk of a post-race penalty.
So the ruling on Bright was probably the right one.
As for van Gisbergen, he probably should have got a penalty for the initial contact. It’s a tough one, but if Bright hadn’t been able to continue van Gisbergen would have been penalised, for sure.
With all of these situations, it’s about assessing them case-by-case.
Percat v Wood
For me, this one is all about the corner before.
We didn’t see what happened on the run to Corporate Hill, but Nick was a long way up the inside of Dale. Maybe he gave him a little nudge out of the way on the previous corner, I’m not really sure.
At the end of the day, there should be enough room for them to run through there side-by-side. But it didn’t pan out like that; there was contact, Dale went around… and then they both got pretty angry after the race.
Nick is a very passionate guy, and he’s making a bit of a habit of calling it as he sees it after the race. Everybody thinks they’re right inside their own garage. Dale would have thought he was hard done by, and Nick wouldn’t have understood why Dale drove into him at the end of the race.
To be honest, that bit isn’t on. It makes for good TV, but you don’t want things getting out of hand.
It does, however, say a lot that Dale remembered to go and square up with Nick on the way home, though. He must have been extremely angry.
They were both penalised after the race, and that was about right from the stewards.