BARGWANNA AND RICCIARDELLO PLAY STRATEGY GAME IN DARWIN Kelly Racing drivers Jason Bargwanna and Tony Ricciardello rolled the dice on tyre strategy in the final race of the SKYCITY Triple Crown at Hidden Valley Raceway in Darwin today. Both...
BARGWANNA AND RICCIARDELLO PLAY STRATEGY GAME IN DARWIN
Kelly Racing drivers Jason Bargwanna and Tony Ricciardello rolled the dice on tyre strategy in the final race of the SKYCITY Triple Crown at Hidden Valley Raceway in Darwin today.
Both cars fitted their softer 'option' tyres for the middle stint in today's 69-lap race, as teams were given just one set of the faster rubber to run throughout the race.
If a Safety Car had been called during the middle segment of the race it would have seen both the #11 Rock Commodore and the #16 Stratco Commodore greatly benefit, but in a rarity for V8 Supercar racing there was not one Safety Car in either race this weekend.
Bargwanna finished today's race in 21st position, with Ricciardello in 27th position in the Sunday race of the 'Top End' event.
Jamie Whincup won today's race in Darwin ahead of Mark Winterbottom and Shane Van Gisbergen.
The next event of the 2010 V8 Supercars Championship Series will be the Sucrogen Townsville 400 in far north Queensland on July 9-11.
KELLY RACING QUOTEBOARD
JASON BARGWANNA - #11 Rock Holden Commodore:
"It was a bit of pot luck on the strategy but the problem we had was that I made a mistake under brakes in qualifying on my one flying lap," said Jason Bargwanna.
"It really cost us and we should have been in the top 15 starting positions, but that cost us it was very hard to recover from that.
"It was a long, hard race and we opted for a strategy in the end probably was the second best option, so it didn't work itself out the way it might of if we had a Safety Car at the right time."
TONY RICCIARDELLO - #16 Stratco Holden Commodore:
"I think we had a pretty good strategy today," said Tony Ricciardello.
"In qualifying I locked up one of my tyres and put a big flat spot on it, so we dropped a couple of tyres and had to mix and match a bit.
"That probably hurt us when we were on the harder compounds.
"We made pretty good pace on the soft compound tyres and we made some spots up, but I made an error at Turn 1 and slide wide.
"It lost us the positions we had made with our good car speed and our fast pit stops by the boys.
"We keep making progress but we need to keep on top of things, minimise the mistakes and make sure we are always moving forwards with the Stratco Commodore."
-source: kelly racing