Symmons Plains: Fujitsu Racing weekend report

BRIGHTY OUTMANOEUVRES COMPETITION Strategy won the day for Fujitsu Racing as Jason Bright went from last to fourth, putting in the second-fastest lap time of the day at Symmons Plains this afternoon. Bright, a former winner at the Tasmanian...

BRIGHTY OUTMANOEUVRES COMPETITION

Strategy won the day for Fujitsu Racing as Jason Bright went from last to fourth, putting in the second-fastest lap time of the day at Symmons Plains this afternoon.

Bright, a former winner at the Tasmanian circuit, kept a cool head amid today's frantic on-track action despite stalling twice on the grid and falling to practically dead last. From there he pitted on lap one and rejoined in clear air to register lap-after-lap of quick times.

That saw him emerge from the second round of pit stops in contention for a podium and by lap 45 Brighty was on the back of V8 Supercar Championship leader Jamie Whincup, fighting for the lead.

He matched the leaders' pace but, on hard tyres, lost a couple of positions in the final stages to Lee Holdsworth and Fabian Coulthard who were on softs. At the chequered flag he was seventh, his best result of the season.

Jason Bright 25 Fujitsu Racing

"One of the challenges at this place is going down a lap, which is very easy to do. In the first stop I nearly stalled coming out of the pit box, which made exiting the pits pretty slow. I popped out about two seconds ahead of Whincup so knew I had to push or go a lap down. That was the critical thing for our race; I couldn't afford to go a lap down in case we had a safety car.

"I got messages early on saying we were in fifth but I was wondering about whether they had it wrong at that stage. It wasn't until after the safety car had come out, and you knew everyone had done their pit stops, that you knew we were doing pretty good. When I came out of the pits I was only four seconds behind frosty and had new tyres so I knew we were looking good for a good result.

"It's definitely what we needed. We've had a pretty tough start to the year, whether from mistakes from me or different car problems that we've had. It hasn't done much for our momentum, so a result like this is golden."

-credit: fr

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Series Supercars
Drivers Jason Bright , Fabian Coulthard , Jamie Whincup , Lee Holdsworth