INGALL BRINGS CALTEX TOP 10 IN TASMANIA AS LOWNDES RECOVERS Caltex Racing's Russell Ingall has finished Round 11 of the V8 Supercar Championship Series with a top 10 result in tough conditions at the Ferodo Triple Challenge at Symmons ...
INGALL BRINGS CALTEX TOP 10 IN TASMANIA AS LOWNDES RECOVERS
Caltex Racing's Russell Ingall has finished Round 11 of the V8 Supercar Championship Series with a top 10 result in tough conditions at the Ferodo Triple Challenge at Symmons Plains Raceway in Tasmania today.
The defending V8 Supercar Champion was tenth in both races held in damp conditions today, giving Ingall ninth position overall and a solid haul of points for his championship tally.
Ingall maintained fourth in the championship with the result, his final race result coming after a commanding drive from the back of the field. Ingall was handed a drive-through penalty after contact on the first lap with Jason Bargwanna, and on a drying circuit drove back through the field to claim 10th place.
Caltex Ambassador Craig Lowndes again showed the strength of the Caltex-backed Team Betta Electrical Falcon by recovering from yesterday's setback to be 12th overall for the round.
Lowndes threaded his way through the field to gain almost 20 positions to finish ninth in the second race for the weekend this morning.
Lowndes then backed up with seventh in race three to salvage 12th overall for the round and stay well within reach of new championship leader Rick Kelly with two rounds still remaining.
James Courtney showed strong pace in both races held today but was unable to convert the speed into results with problems hampering the Jeld-Wen Motorsport Falcon.
Courtney was slowed by electrical problems in the final stages of Race 2 while running in the top 10 and then had a sticking throttle end his weekend in the final race.
Courtney had his throttle stick partly open under braking in Race 3, sending the young gun into the back of Will Davison's Falcon at the hairpin. The damage to the front of Courtney's car ended his weekend and he collected 16th overall for the round.
Jamie Whincup was a non-starter in today's action as a result of yesterday's accident. His Caltex-backed Team Betta Electrical Falcon was severely damaged during a first lap incident in Race 1 and his Triple Eight Race Engineering team is preparing the team's spare car for the next round in Bahrain.
Russell Ingall -- #1 Caltex Racing Falcon
"We have proved to ourselves time and time again that we have a car that is as quick as the front runners," said Ingall.
"We are just a bit late in getting things right.
"We get to the third race and the car is on fire but by then it's too late. That transfers down to qualifying. We struggle in qualifying, we don't have the set-ups quite right and by the third race are a there. We have to bring that forward.
"It's encouraging to know it's there, we just have to tap into it earlier. To come from last to 10th, you can't be disappointed but then again without the drive through penalty, we could have been up in the top three."
Craig Lowndes -- #888 Team Betta Electrical Falcon
"I am pretty happy with the results I achieved today particularly the first race where I started from the back of the grid in wet conditions," said Lowndes.
"We did the best we could with the cards we were dealt from Saturday and focused on minimising the gap to Rick (Kelly) as much as possible.
"There are still six more races before the championship is decided and I will be focusing on making sure we remain competitive throughout.
"We had no problems with the new car this weekend, it ran faultlessly."
James Courtney -- #4 Jeld-Wen Motorsport Falcon
"I came down into the hairpin and braked in the usual spot and everything was fine," said Courtney.
"As I down-changed the throttle stuck open about 35 percent and the car just started driving. Unfortunately there was a car in front of me at the time and it was Will (Davison).
"Because of the throttle jamming, I drove into Will quite hard and it pushed the air box back and knocked the distributor cap off and I couldn't get it started again.
"Game over for us this weekend. It was a bit disappointing considering the speed we had at the start of the weekend.
"We have definitely picked up our game and we were as quick as others. All good signs we just didn't get the result."