QUALIFYING PACE; OUT OF THE RACE Qualifying in the top five for the third time in four events is some consolation to Jason Bright, who missed out on driving the Trading Post Racing Commodore in this afternoon's Gold Coast 600. After making...
QUALIFYING PACE; OUT OF THE RACE
Qualifying in the top five for the third time in four events is some consolation to Jason Bright, who missed out on driving the Trading Post Racing Commodore in this afternoon's Gold Coast 600.
After making a textbook start, international co-driver Alain Menu ground to a halt going into Turn One of the Surfers Paradise track. An as-yet unknown engine problem was the cause of his early retirement.
The next round of the V8 Supercar Championship is Tasmania on November 13/14.
Trading Post Racing
"I was pretty worried about how he was going to get away off the line but he actually got away really well. It all went to plan until halfway to Turn One and then we got a call that the engine had just stopped.
"You're just immediately thinking 'what could it be? Has he accidentally hit the pit lane limiter or something?' But it doesn't seem like anything he did; there's nothing he could really do wrong. I don't know what it could be yet; fuel problem, electrical, an airbox fire. We've got to wait until we've got it back to see.
"It's just a bit gut wrenching because I think we've got a better car today than we did yesterday but we're just not going to get a chance to show that."
Trading Post Racing Co-Driver
"I had it all under control; I knew what I was going to do at the start. I got off the line well; everything was cool.
"I was still in first gear and the engine started to fluff; then it picked up again but the same thing happened in second and when I got to third ... nothing. I was coasting through that first chicane and then it just died.
"It's a shame because Brighty did such a great job in qualifying and, after yesterday, I was confident that I could do a good job for him and the team today"