BARGWANNA AND RICCIARDELLO OUT OF LUCK AT ALBERT PARK Both Jason Bargwanna and Tony Ricciardello have failed to finish the final race of the BRC IMPCO Challenge at the Formula 1 Qantas Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne, Victoria ...
BARGWANNA AND RICCIARDELLO OUT OF LUCK AT ALBERT PARK
Both Jason Bargwanna and Tony Ricciardello have failed to finish the final race of the BRC IMPCO Challenge at the Formula 1 Qantas Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne, Victoria today.
Bargwanna made a great start aboard the #11 Rock Holden Commodore, moving up from 12th position on the grid at the start to be well into the Top 10 by the first corner.
Unfortunately Bargwanna was hit from behind halfway through the first turn and damage sustained in the crash that followed ended his race barely after it had begun.
Tony Ricciardello also made a promising start aboard the #16 Stratco Holden Commodore, but a spin and consequent contact with the concrete wall on the exit of the fast Turn 12 also ended his race.
Bargwanna and Ricciardello will be back in action for the fourth event of the 2010 V8 Supercar Championship Series, the ITM Hamilton 400 in Hamilton, New Zealand on April 16-18.
Garth Tander took out this weekend's BRC IMPCO Challenge by winning today's race ahead of Shane Van Gisbergen and Will Davison.
KELLY RACING QUOTEBOARD
JASON BARGWANNA - #11 Rock Holden Commodore:
"We were looking to have a good race today and I got a really good start and made up a few spots," said
"I got a clean run to the first corner but got contact from behind and once I got turned around it broke the steering on the right with the first hit and then I got hit on the other side as well, so I had no steering whatsoever and it ended our race there and then.
"We were up in the top six or seven after getting a good launch off the line at the start, but unfortunately there was nothing we could do there at the first corner.
"We showed some good speed here over the weekend, so bring on New Zealand."
TONY RICCIARDELLO - #16 Stratco Holden Commodore:
"We're not exactly sure what happened through Turn 12 there," said Tony Ricciardello.
"It was a disappointing weekend and hopefully we've used up all of our bad luck for the year and get on top of things from Hamilton.
"It's disappointing for the guys to have to make some repairs before we go to New Zealand in a few weeks.
"It would have been better to have a better run at our first weekend with the Stratco Commodore but it wasn't to be so I'm very determined to hit the ground running at the next one in Hamilton."
-source: kelly racing