Hidden Valley: Dodo Racing Friday report

Hits and misses for Dodo Racing in Darwin A two hour practice session at Darwin's Hidden Valley Raceway has kicked off the sixth round of the V8 Supercar Championship Series today with Dodo Racing having mixed fortunes. New...

Hits and misses for Dodo Racing in Darwin

A two hour practice session at Darwin's Hidden Valley Raceway has kicked off the sixth round of the V8 Supercar Championship Series today with Dodo Racing having mixed fortunes.

New Zealander Jason Richards enjoyed a positive type of day, sitting in the top 10 for most of the session before other drivers on newer tyres clocked faster times and pushed him back down the order to 16th fastest.

"The day was good but we're still fighting the engine misfire dramas that have afflicted us since our Winton test day back before we raced at Eastern Creek," said Richards.

"We have a new engine in my car and you can feel the extra power. We ran some newer type practice tyres that weren't brand new but still pretty good for the lap time I set. An FPR Falcon held me up at the hairpin on my hot lap but then the misfire crept in.

"We tried some experimental setup changes after that and moved to some new tyres but there was a whole lot of oil down in the first half of the track so we decided to save them - hopefully for the Top 10 Shootout tomorrow!

On the other hand, it was the day from hell for team-mate Jamie Whincup who lost a massive chunk of practice time with an engine misfire problem.

Whincup only completed two laps at the beginning of the session before his Dodo Commodore lost oil pressure.

"I went out and had a severe misfire from the minute I left the pits," reported Whincup, who is fresh from a career-best fourth-place at the last round in Shanghai, China.

"I was just heading into the hairpin when there was a warning on the dash telling me there was no oil pressure. So I switched it off straight away."

Later in investigation by the crew revealed a broken belt in the engine, which was replaced and allowed the 22-year-old to rejoin the session and at least complete some laps of the 2.9-kilometre circuit, albeit not at a pace to trouble the quicker cars.

The V8 Supercars will return to the circuit tomorrow for qualifying at 11.30am (Central Standard Time) before the first race of 17 laps at 3.00pm.

-dr-

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Series Supercars
Drivers Jason Richards , Jamie Whincup