Eastern Creek, Saturday April 27, 2002 V8 Supercars Series round 3 Brazilian bullet does it again for Team Betta. Max Wilson in car 65 pulled out all stops today to qualify second fastest in qualifying for Race One today, posting a time of ...
Eastern Creek, Saturday April 27, 2002
V8 Supercars Series round 3
Brazilian bullet does it again for Team Betta.
Max Wilson in car 65 pulled out all stops today to qualify second fastest in qualifying for Race One today, posting a time of 1:32.32, just .5 of a second behind Mark Skaife.
Max put in a very credible run, saying "I'm more confident with the car each time he goes out onto the circuit."
"I feel the conditions are good today, not too hot and the tyres are giving plenty of grip, so I just went for it" he said.
"In practice I did what I thought were reasonable times 1:33.67 and 1:33.74, however on reflection of the times of other teams I knew I had to put in a super fast qualifying time to be in the running and that's just what I did."
I kept it as smooth as possible without getting out of shape, whilst maintaining as much pace as I possibly could which gave me a great time.
"The Team have done a great job of rebuilding the car after the accident at Phillip Island" said Max.
Race One: saw Max loose fourteen places before the first corner, due to the clutch slipping off the start line. "Max said the tyres were hot and gave too much grip and would not allow the wheels to spin at the start," this put him back into twenty second position, where he remained for the entire thirteen lap race.
However Max is hoping for far better results tomorrow.
Tony Longhurst in the Team Betta Electrical car 66 was disappointed with his results today, both in practice 1&2 with times of 1:34.09 and 1:34.25 respectively.
Qualifying brought up a time of 1:33.14, securing a position of twenty third on the grid, not a position preferred by Tony.
"I had problems getting a balance in handling, whereas the car would handle well in certain corners allowing you to get the power down earlier coming out, and in other corners you just could not step on the gas too early for fear of what may happen in getting off line" said Tony.
"We will just have to strike a happy medium for tomorrow's two races and trust we can improve on both our speed and position"
Tony has been consistent in the first two rounds of the 2002 series and is currently placed ninth on the points table for the series.
Max Wilson on the other hand has not been so lucky with two DNF's in Adelaide and again at Phillip Island.
Max is confident that lady luck will again shine on him for the rest of the season so that he too can be in a position to rise up the leader board during the rest of the season, posting a more respectable times and consistency with each round.
Tony's performance in race one was disappointing, finishing twenty third with a fastest lap time of 1:34.56.
Tony feels with certain adjustments to the cars handling, he will perform better in races 2&3 tomorrow.