Richards Podium Washed Away In Wild Jim Beam 400 A podium finish for Tasman Motorsport's Jason Richards has gone missing following a wild and wet end to this weekend's Jim Beam 400 at Oran Park Raceway in Sydney. Having started from pit lane...
Richards Podium Washed Away In Wild Jim Beam 400
A podium finish for Tasman Motorsport's Jason Richards has gone missing following a wild and wet end to this weekend's Jim Beam 400 at Oran Park Raceway in Sydney.
Having started from pit lane after electing to switch from slicks to wet weather tyres, Richards was running second - and looked on target to finish second overall - but a Jason Bright off brought the first of three late races appearances of the Safety Car.
That's when all of the fun and drama started.
"When [Jason] Bright when off and the Safety Car came out it all started - I'm sure it made for some interesting racing with all the crashing and bashing going on, but I'm not sure many of the team owners will be happy with all the bent cars," Richards said.
"There were a couple of restarts and when that happens you've got trouble - I got drilled by blokes a lap or two down and I also nudged a couple cars. I hurt us.
"Like everyone else, we made a mistake by going with slicks for the final race but my Grove Tasman Motorsport Commodore was a fast car in the wet, so we made ground up quickly.
"When the Safety Cars came out we didn't have the speed when the temperatures dropped and we were a little hamstrung.
"We're disappointed, it's another that got away from us. Seventh is ok, but we wanted better.
"What's encouraging is we showed better speed throughout the weekend and that's good for confidence heading to Sandown and Bathurst. We can really turn the year around."
Greg Murphy's weekend fell apart after yesterday's top 10 result, in today's first 46-lap contest he nudged the wall in the #51 Grove Tasman Commodore which required an early pit stop for another tyre, while he soon after received a mechanical black flag.
In the final race, Murphy moved from rear of field to 15th, but he too was involved in a number of incidents in the wet conditions, ultimately finishing 22nd.
Richards finished seventh overall for the round while Murphy was 18th - Garry Rogers Motorsport driver Lee Holdsworth taking his first ever round victory and the sixth for Holden in 2007.
Richards remains 15th in driver points, with Murphy one place ahead in 14th.
The next round of the V8 Supercar Series is the Just Car Insurance Sandown 500 at Sandown International Raceway, Melbourne, next month.