RICHARDS: 'IT'S JUST ONE OF THOSE THINGS' After setting top-five times throughout the Gold Coast 600 weekend Jason Richards and Andy Jones expected a better result than 15th from today's race. The day was an act of survival for Team BOC, ...
RICHARDS: 'IT'S JUST ONE OF THOSE THINGS'
After setting top-five times throughout the Gold Coast 600 weekend Jason Richards and Andy Jones expected a better result than 15th from today's race.
The day was an act of survival for Team BOC, however, beginning with a difficult qualifying session in which Richards finished 14th-fastest.
Jones started the race and did well to recover from a lap-one pile-up, which saw him briefly halted by a stationary Jacques Villeneuve. He climbed to P11 by lap 35, when he handed over to Richards, and by lap 80 Team BOC was in seventh place.
A safety car regrouped the field, but on the restart Richards was shuffled back whilst trying to pass a lapped car, dropping him to ninth ahead of team-mate Jason Bright. Unfortunately the pair made contact and Richards lost out, eventually finishing 15th.
Qualifying for the second 300km Surfers Paradise race starts tomorrow at 11am.
"The unraveling of the race started when I went to pass a lapped car, which I shouldn't have to do like that. I ran wide, which then allowed Rick Kelly past me and then he backed me up to the field and I got dive-bombed by some other cars, dropping me back to eighth. Before that I was comfortably fifth.
"Once you get on the back foot with the momentum, you get into the thick of it and bad stuff just happens. I was in a freight train; Jamie Whincup couldn't get past Alex Davison who couldn't get past Rick Kelly and I was right on the bumper of Whincup. There were no real spots to pass; it got to the point where Brighty obviously locked up and hit me from behind. It's just one of those things."
Team BOC Co-Driver
"It was always going to be a tough start given we had guys who weren't familiar with the cars but the first lap was just carnage.
"I got past Dario Franchitti and whoever else was on the left and then got a hit from, I think, Russell Ingall at the chicane, so I went to the right-hand-side of the tyres. I went around the outside at the hairpin and notched up a couple of spots and then ran into Villeneuve, who happened to be pointing the wrong way, and we had a little bit of a touch.
"Steve Richards had a lot of oil coming out his car and I couldn't see a thing; it was like Days of Thunder out there but I just pressed on."
-source: team boc