Tough racing between Jason Bright and Shane Van Gisbergen was one of the highlights at Symmons Plains today, with the Trading Post Racing driver holding firm for 12th place.

Bright qualified sixth but dropped to eighth in the top-ten shoot-out. A bad start saw him slip outside the top ten and, around such a short circuit, passing opportunities were scarce.

Van Gisbergen's crumpled bonnet at the end of the race told the story of his efforts to get past Bright. He made it stick on lap 31, after running into the Trading Post Commodore, but could only hold onto the spot for six laps before Bright took it back.

Qualifying for Race 22 begins tomorrow at 12.30pm.

Jason Bright
Trading Post Racing

"There was a fair bit of biff and barge with Shane and I felt as though I was just getting run into at the hairpin; it would have made pretty good TV I would imagine!

"When we got a bit of a gap we drove away, but Courtney and all the guys in front were so lame on brakes that Shane could just stick it down the inside; he would just dive in. That cost us passing opportunities because it gave us a bad run-on and we didn't have the horsepower to mix it with the cars in front down the straight.

"On the positive side, I was able to come off the first corner and the hairpin tighter than anyone, the car was looking after the tyres quite well and we had pretty good pace. Unfortunately we didn't have pace in the first couple of laps, which cost us because then I got held up by Russell Ingall."

-source: tpr