Townsville: Kelly Racing race 1 report

BARGWANNA FAST BUT UNLUCKY IN TOWNSVILLE Rock Racing driver Jason Bargwanna has suffered from poor luck despite strong car speed in the opening race of the Sucrogen Townsville 400 in far north Queensland today. Bargwanna qualified in 15th...

BARGWANNA FAST BUT UNLUCKY IN TOWNSVILLE

Rock Racing driver Jason Bargwanna has suffered from poor luck despite strong car speed in the opening race of the Sucrogen Townsville 400 in far north Queensland today.

Bargwanna qualified in 15th place aboard the #11 Rock Commodore, but contact from behind at the first corner knocked the rear diffuser loose on his car.

Forced to pit to have crew members removed the flailing bodywork, Bargwanna was behind the eight ball right from the start due to the extra pit stop, and with no Safety Car periods during today's race had his work cut out making up the lost ground.

To his credit, Bargwanna never gave up and was able to show the improved pace of the Rock machine this weekend as the 11th fastest car in today's race in terms of fastest lap time.

V8 Supercar rookie Tony Ricciardello brought the #16 Stratco Commodore home in 25th place in his first race around the Reid Park circuit in Townsville today.

Jamie Whincup won today's 72-lap race in Townsville ahead of Garth Tander and Mark Winterbottom.

KELLY RACING QUOTEBOARD

JASON BARGWANNA - #11 Rock Holden Commodore:

"It was really disappointing today," said Jason Bargwanna.

"Our Rock Commodore was quick enough to mix it with the top 10.

"We had the 11th fastest lap but we got hit from behind at the first corner and got black flagged for something completely out of our control. It's just really bad luck.

"There is no doubt that what we did is put our old tyres on becayse we were out early and out of the race.

"Towards the end we put a good set of tyres on and I matched the times of the top five cars.

"So I let the leaders through and just sat behind them towards the end and in comparison our car was quite good.

"We need our car to look after its tyres a bit more but there is the potential for a top 10 finish tomorrow. We've just got to keep working on it and hope for better luck tomorrow."

TONY RICCIARDELLO - #16 Stratco Holden Commodore:

"We struggled a little bit out there today," said Tony Ricciardello.

"Probably the worst thing overall was that the pedal box area in our car got really red hot and even half way through the race my feet were blistering up quite badly.

"So I was struggling to get the necessary brake pressure and heel and toeing but the boys did a great job with our pit stops and we pressed on all race.

"We'll have a think about how we can improve overnight and we'll look to get the Stratco Commodore further up the field."

-source: kelly racing

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Series Supercars
Drivers Garth Tander , Jason Bargwanna , Jamie Whincup , Mark Winterbottom , Tony Ricciardello