Justin and Kelly Racing International’s Pepsi Max Crew had a clean first race in the Gold Coast 600 on Saturday, finishing 13th after qualifying their #51 Holden in 22nd position.
The first of two V8 Supercars races was marred by a Lap 1 accident which Justin narrowly escaped, pulling up just short of the incident to avoid damaging his tyres on the significant debris on the track. He then went on to complete 35 laps before handing the car over to Greg Murphy in 14th position.
Greg drove his way up to 12th but did not have the car speed needed to move further up the field.
The Pepsi Max Crew machine ran on a one stop fuel and driver change strategy after the 102 lap race was shortened to 79 laps as a result of the high number of on-track incidents.
“The car was a little bit better today, but I still don't have confidence in the brakes,” said Justin. “That’s where I can find a bit more time. I tried to keep out of trouble to try and pick up places.
It was a reasonable result but we will be looking to improve on that tomorrow. I had some close calls on the race restarts at the beginning, but it was good for me to practice my starts!"
"I was unable to race the guys around me,” said Greg Murphy. “The car is still not easy to drive. I was trying to look after the tyre but when you do that you're slow.
We're still trying to fix the same problems to make the car go faster and we're struggling to find a way to do that. We're making very calculated and strategic decisions, they should be helping but they're not. We will go away tonight and make some more changes."
Source: Justin Wilson