Another Great Race For SBR At AGP
Continuing its good form this evening, Stone Brothers Racing (SBR) finished the second race at the Australian Grand Prix with all three of its Falcons inside the top ten.
Leading the team home was #4 IRWIN Racing pilot Alex Davison, who stormed to the front after a cracking start. Opening his race on the faster soft compound ‘Sprint’ tyre, Davison had extended his lead over Jason Richards to nearly three seconds in just a few laps. But soon Richards’ tyres came up to speed as Davison’s faded, making for some great racing. On lap 13 Richards leap-frogged Davsion in the pits, and in the closing stages, eventual race winner Garth Tander slipped past leaving the IRWIN racer to come home in third place.
Tim Slade in the #47 Lucky 7 Racing Falcon also had a good day out today, taking seventh place in today’s 25-lap race after starting back in 23rd place. As opposed to Davison, Slade started the race on the harder ‘control’ tyre which made progress early in the race nearly impossible. On lap ten Slade switched to the ‘Sprint’ tyre and began his climb up through the field for a great finish.
Across the garage in the #9 SP Tools Racing Falcon, Shane van Gisbergen probably had the toughest day of the SBR trio, but still managed to cross the line in tenth place. Van Gisbergen was penalised 40 seconds prior to today’s race as punishment for his tangling with Craig Lowndes in race one, so instead of starting in third place on the grid he was relegated to start the race from 12th. From there it was a tough race for van Gisbergen who found himself back in 24th place in the opening laps after being caught in the crossfire of a Steve Johnson and James Courtney skirmish, but pushed hard to ensure all three SBR cars finished in the top ten.
The SBR Falcons return to the Albert Park Grand Prix circuit tomorrow afternoon for the third and final race at 1.10pm.
Alex Davison – Driver, IRWIN Racing Car #4
“This is a great result for the team. We really improved the car from yesterday but probably have to find a little more if we wanted to go any further today but we’re racing at the right end of the grid now and have a solid platform to build on.”
Tim Slade – Driver, Lucky 7 Racing Car #47
“We set a goal today to finish top ten so we’re really happy with the result. Wes and the boys did a great job with the car an considering we ran probably our worst set of ‘hard’ tyres I’m really looking forward to tomorrow’s race. We had the second fastest lap of the race today and were quick yesterday before things went wrong in the pits so we’re looking good for tomorrow – actually I couldn’t have asked for a better car.”
Shane van Gisbergen – Driver, SP Tools Racing Car #9
“We salvaged a result today but my race was ruined from the opening lap after being tagged. The car was pretty well bent after that so to walk away with tenth today is probably a little bit lucky.”