Surfers Paradise: TPR race 1 report

GREAT RESULT MARRED AT FINISH Finishing in the top ten seemed too much to hope for at the Gold Coast 600 today after Trading Post Racing suffered a broken axel in qualifying and had to start dead last. But a sensational drive from Jason ...

GREAT RESULT MARRED AT FINISH

Finishing in the top ten seemed too much to hope for at the Gold Coast 600 today after Trading Post Racing suffered a broken axel in qualifying and had to start dead last.

But a sensational drive from Jason Bright and international co-driver Alain Menu resulted in a seventh-place finish, with Menu surviving a frantic first-lap pile-up to emerge 19th on the restart.

He raced to 14th before handing over to Bright on lap 35 and a solid drive saw the Trading Post Racing Commodore up to ninth by lap 94 behind BJR team-mate Jason Richards. Disaster struck just five laps from the end, however, when the two touched and Richards span out, eventually finishing 15th.

Qualifying for the second 102-lap race starts tomorrow at 11am.

Jason Bright
Trading Post Racing

"I'm happy to finish at all around here, let alone in the top ten, but I feel bad for JR. He had obviously had a pretty reasonable race as well and it would have been good to have both cars in the top ten. There are certainly better days ahead though, and hopefully I can make it up to him.

"I thought Alain did a great job to miss the accidents on lap one and have the pace he did. It was a crazy couple of laps with the amount of carnage off the start there. He got past a few more-fancied runners after that and made up places when people made mistakes during his stint, which was the plan."

Alain Menu
Trading Post Racing Co-Driver

"I think I did OK. I was very careful at the start; I lifted up to avoid the stalled car in front of me. Then I was stuck at the accident at Turn Four and had to wait for the track to clear but even so I think we overtook quite a few cars there in that nonsense.

"At the restart I was too careful and Mika Salo got me up the inside. I got stuck behind him for a little while, but I was faster. I didn't want to try to get too fast because if I try too hard I hit the wall with no points. My problem is still the same; I lack confidence on the brakes. I have to keep a margin and even then I'm sometimes very close to the wall!"

-source: team boc

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Series Supercars
Drivers Mika Salo , Jason Bright , Jason Richards , Alain Menu