Race one of Round 13, commenced today under a breezy and cloudy sky along with the real threat of rain.
Wilson and Longhurst campaigned the Team Betta Electrical falcons 65 and 66. With Longhurst threading his way through the field, gaining valuable positions with each lap. Longhurst was persistent with his assault on the front-runners and overall gained twelve places from a starting position of 27. Finishing the race in 15th position with a fastest lap time of 1:12.538.
Longhurst commented he had enjoyed the race, however was disappointed with his qualifying position. It appears the car' s handling just wasn't quite right for putting the power down early coming out of the corners. We will spend time this evening reassessing our set-up for tomorrows 96-lap 300 km race he said.
Wilson, driving the Team Betta Electrical car 65 started the race in 14th position on the grid. Wilson was consistent in maintaining his position throughout the race whilst pressing on to finish race one in 14th position with a fastest lap time of 1:12.353.
Wilson was pleased with the car's performance in race one we will still be looking at ways to enhance the cars performance for race two of 96 laps tomorrow, he said. We just never stop looking for ways to improve its handling characteristics. I think we have come a long way this season with the new cars and it has been a real experience for me driving the V8 Supercars.
V8 SERIES NEWS IN BRIEF
Changes for 2003 V8 Supercar Series
A showcase event for Sydney, a 500 kilometre race for Melbourne and a much closer point scoring system were all unveiled at Sandown Raceway today.
AVESCO will undertake the role of sole promoter for the Sydney race.
This event will see drivers contest a full grid shootout on Saturday while on Sunday drivers will be challenged by a 400 kilometre race.
In 2003 Phillip Island, Eastern creek, Winton, Queensland Raceway and Oran Park will all conduct single 300 kilometre races.
Based on fan feedback , CEO of AVESCO, Mr. Wayne Cattach said, "We are very excited about the introduction of five 300 kilometre races to the 2003 schedule."
The 2003 point score system introduces new possibilities to the V8 Supercar Championship.
"Each driver's worst round will be dropped from their overall championship points at the end of the year," Mr. Cattach explained. "The new points system has smaller steps between positions and descends by the same gap from the position meaning that point scores through the season will be a lot closer and that the driver who wins will have had to fight very hard to stay in front.
As part of the new testing rules for 2003, all competing teams will be permitted to do an hour and a half open testing on Fridays at all selected rounds.
Phillip Island, Winton, Queensland Raceway and Oran Park rounds of the Championship will all hold open test sessions in addition to the eight test days allocated to teams in 2003. Each nominated test day will be for two race cars only.