Queensland: Dodo Racing Saturday report

Focus on race day for Dodo Racing at Queensland Raceway Dodo Racing drivers Jason Richards and Jamie Whincup have qualified 22nd and 24th for tomorrow's 280-kilometre seventh round of the V8 Supercar Championship Series at Queensland Raceway...

Focus on race day for Dodo Racing at Queensland Raceway

Dodo Racing drivers Jason Richards and Jamie Whincup have qualified 22nd and 24th for tomorrow's 280-kilometre seventh round of the V8 Supercar Championship Series at Queensland Raceway near Ipswich.

The duo simply couldn't muster the sort of car speed required to push their cars up towards a berth in the Top 10 Shootout, leaving them with 90 laps tomorrow to work their way up the order.

"It was a tough day where we just didn't quite have the car setup right and the pace we needed," said Whincup.

"We were surprised that we were slower than what sort of pace we thought we'd have. Having said that, we've learnt more for tomorrow and all we can do is make sure we have a clean race tomorrow.

"History shows that some drivers lose their heads at this race so you need to focus on keeping it clean and seeing the chequered flag. It's that simple. Our brakes are good and the engines are excellent but we just need a bit more pace."

Richards said that while the two cars were set-up differently, the overall result saw them separated by just 0.05s.

"Both were setup very differently but in the end it's washed out virtually the same!" said the New Zealander.

"I was struggling with a bit of understeer through turns one and two and dumping a fair bit of time through that part of the track. It's disappointing to only be a few tenths off making the Shootout but to be so far down.

"I wasn't comfortable with the brake balance and was locking rears a lot. But it's a long way tomorrow."

There will be two compulsory pit stops, one for tyres and one for fuel. As the event is one that requires fuel deployment, teams will have a warm-up session tomorrow morning for the first time all season.

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Series Supercars
Drivers Jason Richards , Jamie Whincup