Surfers Paradise: Dodo Racing race one report

Sixth for Dodo Commodore in sizzling Gold Coast opener Jason Richards has finished a strong sixth in the opening race of the Gillette V8 Supercar Challenge on the streets of the Gold Coast in Queensland. The Bathurst 1000 runner-up...

Sixth for Dodo Commodore in sizzling Gold Coast opener

Jason Richards has finished a strong sixth in the opening race of the Gillette V8 Supercar Challenge on the streets of the Gold Coast in Queensland.

The Bathurst 1000 runner-up started from 10th in today's 31-lapper on the punishing temporary street circuit and worked his way through the hot conditions to finish in the top six, hot on the heels of fellow Holden driver Cameron McConville.

Mechanical problems and incidents eliminated Marcos Ambrose (clutch), Todd Kelly (engine) and Steven Richards (contact with wall), but Richards kept his Dodo Commodore clean throughout the 140-kilometre race.

"It's unbelievably hot in these cars, especially with the fireproof underwear underneath the triple layer race suits," said Richards.

"The car was quite good for the whole race distance. It's hard work to keep your concentration up but it was a solid way to start out weekend.

"The team performed a 3.4-second pit stop on my car and that gained us some time as well, which is a lot easier than trying to make up time on the track.

"Our pace was quite strong as well so that leaves us looking pretty solid for tomorrow."

Teammate Jamie Whincup started from 20th on the grid in the #23 Commodore and bided his time on the way to finishing 15th.

"My only drama today was the fact I qualified in a poor position yesterday," said Whincup.

"I made up spots where I could and that's all I could do. I was all over the back of Steven Johnson for the last 10 laps but it's so hard to pass here you just have to wait and hope the driver in front makes a mistake.

"My engineer (Rob Palermo) came on the radio at lap 21 and said there was 10 laps to run - I thought he must have been joking because it already felt like we'd run 31, such were the conditions!"

The V8 Supercars will be back on track tomorrow for their final two races, each to be over 22 laps (100 kilometres). The first will be at 10.50am AEST and the second at 3.45pm AEST.

-dodo-

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Series Supercars
Drivers Steven Johnson , Marcos Ambrose , Cameron McConville , Jason Richards , Jamie Whincup , Steven Richards