ALAJAJIAN ENDS RACE 1 AT WINTON ON HIS SIDE AFTER "SOFT" ROLL Chris Alajajian's first foray into Fujitsu V8 Supercar series racing at Winton Motor Raceway today ended with a different slant than usual -- quite literally, in fact. Sydneysider...
ALAJAJIAN ENDS RACE 1 AT WINTON ON HIS SIDE AFTER "SOFT" ROLL
Chris Alajajian's first foray into Fujitsu V8 Supercar series racing at Winton Motor Raceway today ended with a different slant than usual -- quite literally, in fact.
Sydneysider Alajajian ended today's opening race just eight laps in, leaving his Protecnica Racing VZ Commodore beached on it's side in the deep Winton Gravel trap after taking avoiding action due to another incident ahead.
Alajajian rolled his car when it dug into the sand as he spun into the gravel trap, the gentle incident tipping the car onto its side and causing very limited damage to the #43 car.
It was a tough end to what had been a tough day held in inclement and often wet conditions.
Alajajian takes up the story:
"I was running down the back straight a fair way behind the next car," he explained.
"I saw a lot of cars off the road at the corner ahead and I initially thought that they were going into pit lane.
"I quickly realised that they weren't and got on the brakes as hard as possible to try and slow the car. I locked them up and must have slid for about 300 meters.
"I saw Jonathan Webb's car in front buried in the sand and had to spin mine to try and avoid him. As the car spun it went into the sand trap sideways and turned into a big tractor, digging up all the sand.
"After that it just rolled on its side and that was it. It was very gentle and happened in slow motion." He said.
Fortunately for both driver and team the car was barely damaged in the incident.
"Amazingly there is no damage, there wasn't even a scratch from the roll itself," Alajajian said.
"The only damage, to the front bar and headlight, actually came from the two truck bringing the car back to the pits."
Chris had earlier qualified 18th for the first race, less than 1.5 second from pole on a circuit renowned for producing close times and limited overtaking opportunities.
"We were struggling for the right setup all weekend and this has just been a further setback," Alajajian said.
"But knowing how this team works we will work hard to try and find a solution and we will fight back in the best possible way tomorrow."
Chris Alajajian and the Protecnica Racing Commodore will be back on track tomorrow for a further two race to complete round three of the 2007 Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series.