Wilson a frustrated 8th after a turbulent race Justin Wilson had to settle for 8th at Surfers Paradise, frustrated that he was unable to capitalise on his strong qualifying performance. During an intense race around the tight street circuit...
Wilson a frustrated 8th after a turbulent race
Justin Wilson had to settle for 8th at Surfers Paradise, frustrated that he was unable to capitalise on his strong qualifying performance. During an intense race around the tight street circuit Wilson lost several positions when blocked by lapped traffic, but went on to post the 6th fastest race lap and made up ground thanks to clever pit work by his Mi-Jack Conquest Racing team.
Justin and the team had made good progress with the car's set-up during the practice and qualifying sessions and Justin was pleased with 7th on the grid, feeling that he'd got everything out of the car.
In the race Justin maintained 7th spot up to and beyond the first pit stops on lap 16, but he lost several positions when the lapped Rodolfo Lavin closed the door at the second chicane as Justin was trying to get by. Jourdain Jr, Vasser, Carpentier and Tagliani took advantage of Justin's loss of momentum to attack on the straight and it got very crowded into the Turn 5 chicane. As they exited, Wilson and Tagliani made contact and Tagliani ended up in the wall. Justin's #34 car ended the lap three spots down in 10th.
From there on it was a recovery drive. A full course yellow on lap 31 tempted most of the field to make an early pit stop, gambling on a lengthy yellow to stretch their fuel to the chequered flag. Justin's Mi-Jack Conquest Racing crew figured otherwise, correctly as it turned out, and the #34 car stayed out. Now up to 4th, he was stuck behind a fuel-heavy but very wide Paul Tracy until his second and final stop on Lap 39, after which he rejoined in 13th. A late full course yellow for Carpentier's accident meant that the leaders could hang on until the final few laps before coming in for fuel. Fortunately there was enough late splash-and-dashing by other teams to allow Justin to climb to 8th.
"The result doesn't really match the effort the Mi-Jack Conquest Racing guys put in this weekend," said Wilson. "The car was good and I was able to push all the way. We were well situated to make a big jump in the order late in the race thanks to our pit strategy, but the yellow at the end of the race erased that advantage and we had to settle for eighth at the end."
"I had some problems with lapped traffic during the race, and it unfortunately cost me a few positions, but we'll take the finish and the points and prepare for Mexico and try and finish the season on a high note."