WOOD ENJOYS STRONGEST QUALIFYING BEFORE CLASH IN TASSIE Hi-Tec Oils Racing driver Dale Wood has earned his strongest ever qualifying performance before his day ended early in the second race of the Falken Tasmania Challenge at Symmons Plains ...
WOOD ENJOYS STRONGEST QUALIFYING BEFORE CLASH IN TASSIE
Hi-Tec Oils Racing driver Dale Wood has earned his strongest ever qualifying performance before his day ended early in the second race of the Falken Tasmania Challenge at Symmons Plains Raceway in Launceston today.
Starting from 17th position after a great run in this morning's 20-minute qualifying session, Wood was hit from behind and spun around at the start of today's 84-lap race.
Wood then had a strong recovery ended in a clash with James Courtney in the second half of the race.
The contact bent the steering on the #16 Hi-Tec Oils Holden Commodore and ended Wood's race early.
Wood now sits 28th in the 2009 V8 Supercar Championship Series standings after eight races (four events).
Jamie Whincup won today's race ahead of Will Davison and Fabian Coulthard.
The fifth event of the 2009 V8 Supercar Championship Series will be the Skycity Triple Crown at Hidden Valley Raceway in Darwin, Northern Territory on June 19-21.
WHAT DALE HAD TO SAY ...
Dale Wood - #16 Hi-Tec Oils Holden Commodore:
"Qualifying was really good and my best result so far," said Wood.
"The Hi-Tec Oils Commodore was great today in both qualifying and the race.
"Unfortunately another car, I think one of the GRM cars, turned me around into the hairpin after having a good start.
"We started coming back through and we had a pretty good position and had good pace, so it was looking good there.
"Then I had to avoid going a lap down and I was pushing to keep (James) Courtney behind me.
"Then I gave him room around the sweeper onto the pit straight and he just squeezed me wider and wider until we ended up coming together and he put himself, as well as me, out of the race."