FROSTY KEEPS HEAD AMID CHAOS Stop-start V8 Supercar action left the pits in chaos this afternoon as teams raced to calculate their standings after numerous safety cars at the Dunlop Townsville 400. Mark Winterbottom kept his head and recovered...
FROSTY KEEPS HEAD AMID CHAOS
Stop-start V8 Supercar action left the pits in chaos this afternoon as teams raced to calculate their standings after numerous safety cars at the Dunlop Townsville 400.
Mark Winterbottom kept his head and recovered from a disappointing 16th place in qualifying to finish eighth in this afternoon's race.
That was despite one of the interruptions costing him several places after the safety car mistakenly picked up the Orrcon Steel FPR Falcon instead of the leader, costing him half a quick lap.
Ford Performance Racing's troubled qualifying also saw Steve Richards start way back from 21st. After a secure start the Castrol FPR Falcon was rammed going into Turn One, with the concertina effect damaging his front bumper. The resultant repairs put him three laps down but he finished just one behind the leaders in 21st place.
FPR will be back on track tomorrow for the first qualifying session at 11am.
Orrcon Steel FPR Falcon
"I didn't realise what was going on around me. Cars were diving into the pits every time the safety car came out and I had to be constantly updated who I was racing against!
"In that situation you just keep pushing so I didn't really care who was in front. You're not really worrying about it, just hoping to gain a few positions. It looked like we were going to, because we'd already made up a lot of spots but then lost them with the safety car on lap 30.
"I got stuck behind Rick Kelly at the end. He had a faster car down the straight so I was never going to pass him; he practically had a drag car so it was too high risk. If it was anyone else we would have come forward; Rick was the worst person to get stuck behind."
Castrol FPR Falcon
"I just got crashed into the back of and pushed all the way through Turn One and that smashed up the splitter. The start was as good as you can be funnelling into a two-car-wide turn. I didn't gain any ground but I didn't lose any either.
"I'm just disappointed but I think we've learnt a lot. We'll be better off tomorrow after that race. The car has reasonable pace at the end there, but my rear tyres were a fair bit better than anybody else's out there."
"We're disappointed in our pace. We understand our deficiencies but are struggling to overcome them. We know how to fix the problem straight away but it might induce other problems.
"We're making progress but we're a long way from where we need to be. We've got a test coming up and a lot of things we want to try, but they're not the kind of things we can try at a race."