TOUGH GOING FOR BRIGHT AT GOLD COAST V8S Fujitsu Racing's Jason Bright has endured a tough weekend at the 11th round of the V8 Supercar Championship Series, the Coffee Club 400, part of the Gold Coast Indy Festival. Of the three races, Bright...
TOUGH GOING FOR BRIGHT AT GOLD COAST V8S
Fujitsu Racing's Jason Bright has endured a tough weekend at the 11th round of the V8 Supercar Championship Series, the Coffee Club 400, part of the Gold Coast Indy Festival.
Of the three races, Bright only finished the opening race, with a range of technical issues, including suspension and engine problems plaguing the weekend.
After ninth place at Bathurst, Bright came to the Gold Coast event confident of a finish inside the top-10. However, an engine change was necessary between practice and qualifying after the original unit was found to be down on power.
The Fujitsu Racing crew performed a full change in 90-minutes, but this meant Bright only got two timed laps in qualifying.
A broken engine sensor and damaged front suspension in the opening race saw Bright finish 21st. However, he was relegated to 24th after officials penalised Bright and six other drivers for short-cutting the opening two chicanes.
Race #2 saw a broken alternator fan find its way into the throttle body and Bright lost two laps. He then suffered a puncture and suspension damage forcing him to retire from the race.
From 29th on the grid Bright drove through to 17th. Bright ran over debris from another car's accident which punctured the radiator as well as the tyre! With the high-engine temperature he was forced to park the Fujitsu Racing Falcon.
"A very tough weekend," said Bright.
"We had high hopes for this event, but we just seemed to be snake bitten from the outset.
"Looking at the car, we have all straight panels, but that is the only highlight from the weekend.
"We are far better than this result and maybe a trip halfway around the world to the next round in Bahrain can prove that.
"I did win the inaugural round two years ago. I'd be happy with a top-10 and us heading in the right direction when we back for the final two events in Tasmania and Oran Park."
Fujitsu Racing Chief Engineer Geoff Slater took stock of the weekend.
"We had a lot of issues and all of them were different," said Slater.
"Our engine shop has been doing an outstanding job this year. We have not had any issues for such a long time and most of the things we encountered this weekend were very just freak occurrences.
"This place is hard on suspension, but to also have some punctures really put us on the back foot.
"This weekend is now in the books, we have to look ahead to Bahrain.
The Fujitsu Racing Team has just a handful of days before the airlift to Bahrain. The Gulf Air Desert 400 will run from 6-8 November.
In other news Jason Bright has been elected to the V8 Supercar Board as one of two Ford team representatives. Bright joins Ford Performance Racing's Tim Edwards on the V8 Board for at least the next 12 months.
"I feel that as an owner and driver I can bring a lot to the role," said Bright.
"I have a lot of passion for the category and I want to see the further growth of the sport.
"It is an extra workload, but with the right people within our team looking after the competition and business side of things, I will be able to give this role plenty of attention."