Troubled day for Dodo Racing at Oran Park Dodo Racing duo Jason Richards and Jamie Whincup will now focus on the upcoming Sandown 500 endurance event after a troubled day in round eight of the V8 Supercar Championship Series at...
Troubled day for Dodo Racing at Oran Park
Dodo Racing duo Jason Richards and Jamie Whincup will now focus on the upcoming Sandown 500 endurance event after a troubled day in round eight of the V8 Supercar Championship Series at Oran Park in Sydney.
Richards began the day strongly, making his compulsory pit stop in the opening 54-lapper on lap seven and working his way up the order to finish in sixth spot.
It was another brilliant result for the team after rebuilding his Commodore over the last three weeks following its spectacular rollover at Queensland Raceway.
However it all turned the other way in the second race. The Kiwi was sitting strongly in the Top 10 on lap 24 before he ran off the road and buried the #3 car into the sand trap and tyre wall at turn two.
"I just couldn't pull it up going down into Turn 2," said Richards of his race two blunder that dropped him to an eventual 28th place in the race.
"The car was a bit hard to drive in that race but it looked after its tyres well. We struggled for speed at the start.
"As I came down the straight I passed (Paul) Radisich who was coming out of the pits and I couldn't quite pull it up as I ran up the inside and was lucky not to take out Cameron McConville.
"Again we've shown a good turn of speed but not had the luck or the overall result to show for it. But I can't say enough for the team. They have worked really hard to rebuild this car and I'm very appreciative of their efforts.
"So now we can go and have a test before Sandown, recharge the batteries and plan our endurance attack."
Team-mate Whincup had a troubled day. He made a blinding start in Race 1, moving from 14th to 11th on the opening lap. After pitting for tyres on lap 10, the young gun was back in the pits on lap 22 with what he believed to be a flat tyre.
After replacing the tyre he resumed but went back into pit lane with what turned out to be a damaged steering rack.
Forced into retirement, Whincup had to start Race 2 from 30th on the grid and again he made a bolting start. He moved up seven spots on the opening lap and chipped away to eventually pass half the field and score 15th position and some more championship points.
"It's such a hard track to pass on, so that made making much progress in the last race pretty tough," said Whincup.
"We had reasonable speed in the last race and I feel I made the best of what we had to play with. It was a shame about the steering breaking in the first race but that's racing.
"I didn't do anything abnormal. I didn't hit any cars or walls to damage it so I'm not sure what the problem was.
"It's hard coming through from the back, but to put it into perspective, we worked our way past half the field. That's a great effort from the team with a good pit stop thrown into the mix."
The next round of the V8 Supercar Championship Series will be the Betta Electrical Sandown 500 in Melbourne, the first of the traditional two- driver endurance events.
Richards and Whincup will share the team's #3 Dodo Commodore while Carrera Cup ace Fabian Coulthard from New Zealand and HPDC V8 Supercar Series front- runner Tony D'Alberto will drive the #23 car.