RICHARDS FEELING STUCK AT WINTON Great early pace came to nothing for Jason Richards at Winton today when the Team BOC driver got stuck behind Rick Kelly after the pit stops. In hindsight Richards says it was vital for his strategy to make a...
RICHARDS FEELING STUCK AT WINTON
Great early pace came to nothing for Jason Richards at Winton today when the Team BOC driver got stuck behind Rick Kelly after the pit stops.
In hindsight Richards says it was vital for his strategy to make a pass stick, but Kelly's car was extra wide in the final 20 laps and Richards could not find a way around. That negated the strategic benefit of pitting early onto softs and he soon found himself going backwards as cars that pitted later caught him on their newer rubber. He eventually finished 19th.
Richards' main aim now is to qualifying better tomorrow at 10.15am and give himself a chance at the podium.
Team BOC "We just got stuck behind Rick Kelly the whole race and he had enough speed to stay in front. He blocked every time I tried to get past him and you don't want to torch your tyres too hard because we had a long way to go. In hindsight I needed to force my way past because the car felt quite reasonable in the first part of the race. Not making a pass stick has had quite a major effect on the outcome of this race."
Co-Owner "It was such a busy race with so much going on it was difficult to make a judgment call on strategy, but on reflection we should have run JR longer than we did. With the tyre degradation JR experienced we should have tried to even up the balance a bit more between the stints than we did. He got stuck behind Rick Kelly and because they did their stops at the same time it was almost impossible to get past. Being held up by Rick exposed JR to people who had stopped later than him. With their better rubber, he was just a sitting duck."
-source: team boc