BEST COME-BACK IN V8 HISTORY? Going a lap down before quarter-distance AND receiving a drive-through penalty did nothing to stop Team BOC scoring a memorable podium at the L&H 500 today. A faulty wheel cost co-driver Andy Jones an unscheduled...
BEST COME-BACK IN V8 HISTORY?
Going a lap down before quarter-distance AND receiving a drive-through penalty did nothing to stop Team BOC scoring a memorable podium at the L&H 500 today.
A faulty wheel cost co-driver Andy Jones an unscheduled pit stop on lap 7 and, after the wheel nut flew off in pit lane, he was forced to serve a drive-through penalty, putting the car seemingly out of contention.
After Jones passed Todd Kelly to un-lap himself, the team desperately needed a safety car to get back in contention and, gut-wrenchingly for the crew, it came when team-mate Jason Bright stopped on track.
Jason Richards took over driver-duties and, with the help of some mastermind strategy from the team, worked his way up to second with a handful of laps to go.
In a nerve-racking race finale, Richards fended off a charging Mark Winterbottom but had to concede with just a few laps to go, crossing the line third.
Richards is now hoping his form will carry over to the next round at Bathurst, where he has finished second for the last two years.
Team BOC "To be honest I can't believe it; what are the chances?! We had three cars in the pit lane on laps eight, nine and ten; got a drive-through on lap ten and it all seemed to compound our hopeless situation.
"But we had a fast car and we were committed. Man, I was just committed 100%, making massive moves to get ourselves back in the race; maximum risk, maximum speed, but it's all you can do when you're that far back. When I popped out after the last stop, the team said I was P3 and I said 'wow that's impressive'! I gave it all I had every lap and never gave up; a bit like the All Blacks last night!
"When Mark [Winterbottom] started coming back towards us I'd used up all my tyres and in the last five laps I couldn't keep him back. I ran a bit wide and he got through. Even so, it was a super job by the whole team and gives us so much confidence going into Bathurst."
Team BOC co-driver "That was bloody good; pretty special considering! JR has to be the best bloke to have in the car at the end of a race at the moment; I think I'm going to kiss him!
"Our car's very consistent on its tyres. In my stint I was just getting into a position to pick a few cars off when, for whatever reason, I got a flat front tyre. I found out later it was a wheel nut that came loose, which was a common problem across all three cars. We're not really sure what caused it at the moment; it's the most loaded side of the car but it didn't happen again, so I'm not sure. "The wheel nut actually flew off in the stop, which earned me a drive through penalty as well so we were a fair bit down. Fortunately the car was really pacey over a stint; very enjoyable to drive."
Team Co-Owner "It was an amazing race; it just goes to show that if you never give up, with the right cars and people you can definitely get a result. We had a very aggressive strategy; it was just a fantastic result. To be on the podium from where we were is astonishing."
-source: team boc