Symmons Plains: Dodo Racing Saturday report

Richards 11th in Tassie V8 opener An 11th place finish for Jason Richards has been a solid start to Dodo Racing's run in the Ferodo Triple Challenge at Symmons Plains in Tasmania. The Kiwi started from 11th on the grid...

Richards 11th in Tassie V8 opener

An 11th place finish for Jason Richards has been a solid start to Dodo Racing's run in the Ferodo Triple Challenge at Symmons Plains in Tasmania.

The Kiwi started from 11th on the grid after narrowly missing the Top 10 Shootout, and had a consistent race to finish in the same spot.

However, two loose brake ducts - which provide critical cooling to his Dodo Commodore's front brakes - gave him dramas from mid-race and slowed his charge.

"It all started on about lap 19 of 42," said Richards.

"The car had been a bit on the average side in qualifying but in the race it was actually very fast. The brake problem meant I had to brake 50 metres earlier at the end of the straights and I lost a few spots but we generally managed to hold station.

"The pace in the race left me thinking that with that car we could have qualified right at the pointy end.

"We'll go away tonight and have a further think on our setup to try and improve it even more. We'd like to push well and truly into the top 10 tomorrow."

Team-mate Jamie Whincup struggled to find pace early in qualifying and then was involved in an incident with Steve Ellery at the hairpin that caused officials to red flag the session.

The clash damaged the left front of the Dodo Commodore and he was unable to rejoin the session for its two-minute finale after the red flag.

That left him to start the race 22nd and he ended up finishing the 42- lapper in 18th.

The team elected to bring him into the pits for his compulsory tyre change early, giving them a chance to remove a broken piece of rear bodywork rather than risk being black-flagged by race officials.

The round will finish tomorrow with two more 42-lap (100 kilometre) races.

-dodo-

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Series Supercars
Drivers Jason Richards , Jamie Whincup