Supabarn Motorsports Return to the Top Ten Supabarn Motorsports have had a strong, consistent weekend at the fifth round of the Australian Carrera Cup, run as the primary support category for the Midas 400 V8 Supercar round at Sandown Raceway,...
Supabarn Motorsports Return to the Top Ten
Supabarn Motorsports have had a strong, consistent weekend at the fifth round of the Australian Carrera Cup, run as the primary support category for the Midas 400 V8 Supercar round at Sandown Raceway, Victoria.
Traffic played a major part in qualifying for the Koundouris Brothers, with Theo particularly suffering.
"Everytime I came through Dandenong corner someone was either having a moment, or had stopped in the middle of the track, I just could not get a clean lap," said Theo after qualifying.
James had similar problems, being forced to abandon his fastest lap when another competitor spun in front of him.
James qualified in 13th position and Theo in 16th.
Both James and Theo had a good opening two laps, moving up a few places with James sitting in 10th and Theo rocketing through the field to be in 11th position when the safety car was bought out on lap 3.
They held their positions until the end of the race, finishing in 10th and 11th.
After the race Rodney Forbes was given a 28 second penalty for an incident earlier in the race moving James and Theo both into the top ten with James finishing 9th and Theo right behind him in 10th position.
Theo again made an excellent start in race two and was ahead of his brother going into turn one.
He passed another car around the outside of turn one and was sitting comfortably in the top ten. His good work was all undone when, just before turn 3, he was hit from behind by Andrew Moffat, spinning Theo in front of the pack.
James was able to narrowly avoid being caught in the accident and Max Twigg pulled his car up just centimetres from Theo. Unfortunately a car following Max was not able to stop in time, hitting Max and pushing his car heavily into Theo's front spoiler. The damage to Theo's car forced an end to end his race. Behind Max the carnage continued with a further five drivers being forced out of the race as a result of the accident.
The safety car was deployed with James running in 10th position.
James was running with reduced power as a result of heavy impact he received in the opening corners of the race. Once the race was restarted, James held his position until Peter Hill was able to catch and pass him on the ninth lap dropping him back to 11th.
After the race Andrew Moffat was given a penalty for his involvement in Theo's accident, meaning James once again finished in the top ten.
Rain fell between races two and three, but with a clear dry line the track conditions were tough. Passing was made very difficult given the lack of grip off line and it was a case of driving conservatively to bring the cars home for James and Theo.
Both James and Theo held their positions off the line running 10th and 13th at the completion of lap one.
With a number of championship contenders starting behind them, James and Theo both dropped a couple of places in the race, bringing their cars safely home in 12th and 14th positions.
James was pleased with how his weekend went, particularly given how bad he had been feeling all weekend.
"We have had some really strong finishes this weekend, better than I expected given I have been battling the flu. Concentrating when you feel this way is not easy, but I worked through it and have had a strong, consistent weekend," said James after the race.
Theo is disappointed with the accident in race two, but remains positive.
"I was able to run with James in the top ten this weekend, and was looking good to beat him in race two so I am disappointed to have been spun out of the race. I will be back for Queensland and am looking forward to battling with James again," said Theo after race three.
Round highlights will be televised on Channel 7 next Saturday, 14 June.
The next round of the Championship will be run at Queensland Raceway on 18-20 July 2008.