Oran Park: Tasman Motorsport Friday report

Richards fourth in opening hit out at Oran Park A last lap screamer from Tasman Motorsport's Jason Richards has put the Kiwi fourth fastest in today's opening practice for round seven of the V8 Supercar Series at Oran Park Raceway in...

Richards fourth in opening hit out at Oran Park

A last lap screamer from Tasman Motorsport's Jason Richards has put the Kiwi fourth fastest in today's opening practice for round seven of the V8 Supercar Series at Oran Park Raceway in Sydney.

The 30-year-old and team-mate Andrew Jones both suffered steering maladies during the sessions today, the problem only solved in the latter stages on Richards' #3 Firepower Commodore to enable him to return to the track.

Despite being held up another driver on his last final lap, the Kiwi clocked the fourth fastest time behind former team-mate Jamie Whincup, Mark Skaife and Steven Richards.

Tasman's Richards was only able to complete 28 laps in the time allotted today due to his problems, with most other drivers running nearly the full allotment of 45 laps.

But nevertheless, he was able to set a competitive time only one tenth of a second off Whincup's time.

Team-mate Jones was also troubled by some steering problems.

The Tasman Motorsport crew changed the power steering pump in his #23 Commodore to try and solve the problem though were unable to trace the drama in the time available in the session. The team will change the steering system overnight prior to qualifying tomorrow.

Qualifying, the top 10 shootout and race one will all be held tomorrow.

QUOTEBOOK

Jason Richards (#3 Firepower/Tasman Motorsport Commodore VZ) "It was a bit of a stressful day actually. The power steering problem hamstrung us for most of the session. We fixed it with four and a half minutes to go and I got a few quality laps in on new tyres at the end of the session. So it's encouraging the sort of speed we got out of the car in such a hurried space of time. I got held up pretty badly by a HRT car on the last lap so the potential was there for a top two time. The steering had been binding up badly earlier and it meant it would lock up and you couldn't turn the wheel any further halfway through the corner. But the problem is solved now and that puts us in good stead for tomorrow."

Andrew Jones (#23 Firepower/Tasman Motorsport Commodore VZ) "The team replaced a power steering pump on my car during the session and it's actually a different kind of problem to Jason's car. I did a good 1m10s dead lap to start off with when we were all first going out and that stayed as the best time I could manage because even with new tyres the problem hampered going any faster. We'll work on it tonight and I'm confident we'll be fine for tomorrow and we can show the sort of pace we think we have."

-credit: tasman motorsport

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Series Supercars
Drivers Andrew Jones , Mark Skaife , Jason Richards , Jamie Whincup , Steven Richards