Surfers Paradise: SBR race one report

Courtney ninth in opening Indy race JELD-WEN Motorsport's James Courtney finished today's opening race of the Coffee Club V8 Supercar Challenge in ninth position despite doing it hard in the Gold Coast heat. Courtney, who started the 27-lap...

Courtney ninth in opening Indy race

JELD-WEN Motorsport's James Courtney finished today's opening race of the Coffee Club V8 Supercar Challenge in ninth position despite doing it hard in the Gold Coast heat.

Courtney, who started the 27-lap race from tenth on the grid, suffered a cool suit failure in the JELD-WEN Motorsport Falcon before the green flag dropped and was f orced to push on in the hot conditions.

Adding to his problems, the JELD-WEN Motorsport Falcon collected oil on the windscreen from Will Davison's number 18 Ford Falcon, the limited vision making the Gold Coast driver's job even tougher.

Despite the issues, Courtney was able to hold position throughout the race, completing a regulation compulsory pit stop on lap 11 and rejoining the race in ninth position where he remained until the chequered flag.

His team-mate, SP Tools Racing's Shane van Gisbergen also had a tough day; crossing the line in 19th place following a delayed pit stop and a drive-through penalty.

Van Gisbergen started from 13th on the grid, going easy in the early laps to slip into 15th before his compulsory pit stop on lap eight. The SP Tools Racing Falcon was delayed during the stop when an air regulator failed, forcing the pit crew on the left-rear to grab the spare rattle gun.

The SP Tools Racing driver's woes con tinued when he was given a drive-through penalty for speeding in the pit lane. Serving his penalty on lap 13, van Gisbergen emerged in 22nd position.

The 19-year-old used the rest of the race to work on set-up for tomorrow's two 27-lap races, eventually crossing the line in 19th position.

SBR's BF Falcons will return to the track for races two and three tomorrow, at 10:15am and 3:15pm respectively.

James Courtney, #4, JELD-WEN Motorsport

"Today's race was a lot of hard work for not much result.

"My cool suit failed before the race started so I was getting cooked for most of the race; it is unbelieveably hot out there. I was wearing a heart-rate monitor and it was up around 170 for most of the race.

"I had heaps of oil on my windscreen too from Will's (Davison) car from early on so I couldn't see too much either.

"It's such a hard place to pass; you get within a second of someone and your brakes heat up. Once we got the JELD-WEN Motorsport Falcon in ninth that's where we stayed."

Shane van Gisbergen, #9, SP Tools Racing

"We took it pretty easy on the start today to make sure we got through the first few laps.

"The SP Tools crew gave me a pit option and I took it as I was being held up by (Mark) Skaife and we needed to get some clean air.

"Our stop took a little longer as the boys had to grab a spare gun and then I accidentally bumped it into second gear instead of first as we came out of the stop so we got done for speeding in pit lane.

"After that we just used the race to get into a rhythm and we set some pretty good lap times at the end; we can use that data for set-up tomorrow."

-credit: sbr

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Series Supercars
Drivers James Courtney , Will Davison , Shane van Gisbergen