- Bright hands team the win in race 2
- Team BOC earns first series victory
- Whincup wins races 1 & 3, leads points
Whincup retains V8 Sueprcar lead, Brad Jones Racing highs and lows
“I was glad to see Karl was alright.
Albury-based outfit Team BOC experienced all the high and lows possible in the savage world of motorsport with a red letter day on one side of the garage and disaster at the other.
A first time race win for the team in the first Sunday race at the Perth Trading Post Challenge courtesy Jason Bright (Team BOC Commodore), another place on the podium from Jason Bargwanna (Jana Living Commodore) and their third driver in hospital following an horrific starting grid accident was their day.
TeamVodafone’s Jamie Whincup (Holden Commodore) ultimately triumphed on the incredible days racing to retain his Championship lead. Bargwanna and Toll Holden racing Team’s Garth Tander filled the only other podium spots across today’s two races.
For the family-run Team BOC outfit the triumph was dampened by some tears. Highly rated Karl Reindler suffered minor burns in a starting grid fireball at the start of the first race today in his Fair Dinkum Sheds Commodore.
He was released from hospital late today with superficial burns to his hands and face. His car was completely written off in the fireball that ensued. Steve Owen, the unfortunate one to rear-end Reindler who had stalled on the grid, also went to hospital for precautionary tests but was also expected to be released.
“I was glad to see Karl was alright,” Bright said. “We have heard that he is okay. The car did its job. He’s lucky to be a pretty fit bloke and able to get himself out of the car pretty quick. It’s lucky he wasn’t knocked out in the car which would have been a far more serious problem.”
Bright was confident the team’s momentum would now continue.
“We have had a really tough few weeks but I knew this year we would really start to show our potential and win some races,” he said.
“We put a lot of thought into what we needed. We started off reasonably well and the team did a great job. If we didn’t qualify so badly yesterday we could have given Jamie a run for his money as well.”
It was also a day of mixed emotions given Bright’s primary team-mate Jason Richards has battled a rare from of cancer this year.
“This morning was certainly for him,” Bright said. “I think everybody understands that he would be up here as well if he was here.”
Holden's Whincup qualified on Armor All Pole for races two and three today after winning Saturday's opening race to extend his Championship lead.
“It was always going to be a tough weekend with the format of the tyres for qualifying and then racing. In all conditions I am very proud of how we performed this weekend,” Whincup said.
“Thankfully in the second race their pit stop was slow and we were able to run to the end. You live for those battles at the end, that’s what it’s all about.
Bargwanna was overjoyed with his podium having effectively replaced Richards in the car since he was diagnosed last year. The team has also just secured a new major sponsor in Jana Living.
“Noah and the Ark were around last time I get a podium,” Bargwanna said. “It’s great for Jana Living as a new sponsor and a new team. We ran the right strategy this morning and it worked for us. Now we need to keep the momentum.”
With a driver's fastest lap determining grid position for race two and their second fastest lap doing the same for race three, Whincup set two sizzling laps during a frenzied 20-minute qualifying session to secure pole for both races.
His fastest made him the only driver to break 55 seconds around the tight Barbagallo Raceway circuit so far this weekend, clocking 54.9898sec on his best lap.
The same three drivers secured the first three grid positions for both races.