GUTSY DRIVE BY RICCIARDELLO IN CLIPSAL 500 OPENER Super-Max Racing driver Tony Ricciardello has turned in a gutsy drive to post a 20th place finish in the opening race of the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide, South Australia today. Ricciardello showed...
GUTSY DRIVE BY RICCIARDELLO IN CLIPSAL 500 OPENER
Super-Max Racing driver Tony Ricciardello has turned in a gutsy drive to post a 20th place finish in the opening race of the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide, South Australia today.
Ricciardello showed his best speed yet in the #16 Super-Max Holden Commodore, moving through the field in today's 78-lap race to run as high as 13th place.
Unfortunately his car's handling dropped off towards the end of the race and a minor slip up at a restart saw him drop several places, but in a gutsy drive the first-year driver posted a 20th place finish to now sit in 24th place in the series standings.
Jason Bargwanna had an early shower today after suffering damage in the #11 Rock Holden Commodore on only the second lap of today's race.
As Bargwanna exited the final corner, Will Davison's car bogged down and with Bargwanna in hot pursuit he had no time to react and hit Davison's rear, damaging his front suspension and brakes.
Bargwanna then had a spectacular ride through the Senna Chicane before limping back to the pits and out of the race.
Garth Tander won today's opening race of the Clipsal 500 ahead of James Courtney and Lee Holdsworth.
KELLY RACING QUOTEBOARD
TONY RICCIARDELLO - #16 Super-Max Holden Commodore:
"We just stayed out of trouble and worked at finding a balance with the car," said Tony Ricciardello.
"In the middle stint we actually had really good pace, strong enough to run in the front half of the field, but at our next stop we put rear tyres on and we just lost the balance completely.
"On the first lap out after the Safety Car we had no grip and bad understeer and I ran wide, which lots me a heap of spots.
"The balance wasn't there in the last part of the race, which was disappointing, but we finished in a decent spot and were as high as 13th before our last stop.
"The crew did a great job with the stops and with our speed in the middle of the race we've shown a lot of potential and our best speed so far.
"At this event you need to stay out of trouble and do all the laps. It's so treacherous out there and we are finding our feet in the Super-Max Commodore, so this is a good day."
JASON BARGWANNA - #11 Rock Holden Commodore:
"Will (Davison) went up the inside and I gave him some room because it was just the second lap of the race and I didn't want to get involved too much racing at that early point in the race," said Jason Bargwanna.
"He must have missed a gear or something on the exit because just as I pulled third gear his car stopped dead and I ran into his right rear wheel and it's basically torn the brake hose out, broken the front steering and that was the end of the day for the Rock Commodore.
"It actually didn't feel to bad going down the straight. It felt fine and it was steering OK but when I got to the braking area the pedal went straight to the floor and I was along for the ride.
"I managed to just keep it off the fence and get it back to the pits. It's disappointing for the whole Rock Racing team but it's a new day tomorrow."
-source: kelly racing