Surfers Paradise: Team Betta Sunday race report

Longhurst drives a superb race in difficult conditions. In extreme contrast to yesterday's hot and sunny conditions, today saw heavy overcast skies with rain beginning to fall just prior to the start of race two of the Gillette V8 Supercar ...

Longhurst drives a superb race in difficult conditions.

In extreme contrast to yesterday's hot and sunny conditions, today saw heavy overcast skies with rain beginning to fall just prior to the start of race two of the Gillette V8 Supercar Challenge.

The entire field started the race on wet tyres, however by laps 7 & 8 a dry race line began to emerge with some teams choosing to call in their drivers for a quick change to dry tyres.

Longhurst driving Team Betta Electrical car 66 drove a very impressive race in the less than ideal conditions.

Driving to the maximum of what the conditions would allow, Longhurst posted the fastest lap time for the race of2: 13.01.

Consistently working his way through the field, choosing lap nine for his tyre change, the team sent him back out again on wet tyres.

This decision proved valuable for the team, as Longhurst continued to pick his way through the field and finish 5th outright for race two.

We had a much quicker pit stop today and choosing to stay on wets was the right decision and I thoroughly enjoyed the race said Longhurst.

Wilson driving the Team Betta Electrical car 65 had a less than successful follow up to yesterday's race one.

Wilson was holding 5th position in the race when he was called in for the mandatory tyre change on lap 7, with the Team choosing to change to dry tyres.

From this point on, Wilson battled with the car not even covering a lap before the car lost grip and speared into the wall at the start of the pit straight, putting him out of the race.

Wilson was disappointed, particularly after such a good performance in yesterday's race one event.

I'm really annoyed he said, I felt really confident this morning, but the choice of tyres was probably premature I think.

It was disappointing to have rain today, not only for the race, but also for the thousands of spectators who came along to watch but that's life I guess.

I will now concentrate on preparing myself for Round 12 at Pukeohe in just two weeks.

There is only minor damage to my car so it should be ready to be loaded onto the ship in Brisbane this week for the journey across to New Zealand said Wilson.

<pre> 1. 35 Gary Rogers Motorsport Jason Bargwanna Holden 22 52:48.4839 11 2:09.5818 2. 00 Ford/Mobil/Dunlop Craig Lowndes Ford 22 52:53.0464 21 2:10.4476 3. 15 K-Mart Racing Team Todd Kelly Holden 22 52:54.7978 22 2:09.8295 4. 34 Gary Rogers Motorsport Garth Tander Holden 22 53:01.2481 10 2:08.3526 5. 66 Team Betta Electrical Tony Longhurst Ford 22 53:02.0670 8 2:10.1293 6. 18 Shell Helix Racing Paul Radisich Ford 22 53:05.8273 10 2:09.3273 7. 16 Castrol Perkins Race Team Steven Richards Holden 22 53:07.1107 11 2:09.5081 8. 021 Team Kiwi Racing Jason Richards Holden 22 53:07.3200 22 2:10.8155 9. 9 Caltex Havoline Race Team David Besnard Ford 22 53:13.6762 22 2:10.4084 10. 17 Shell Helix Racing Steven Johnson Ford 22 53:14.4939 22 2:09.7071

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Series Supercars
Drivers Steven Johnson , David Besnard , Garth Tander , Craig Lowndes , Jason Bargwanna , Jason Richards , Paul Radisich , Todd Kelly , Tony Longhurst , Steven Richards