Top 10 goes begging for Tasman in Bahrain A top 10 finish in the Desert 400 in Bahrain has gone out the window for Jason Richards and Tasman Motorsport after contact at the opening corner of the final race of the weekend. Richards took...
Top 10 goes begging for Tasman in Bahrain
A top 10 finish in the Desert 400 in Bahrain has gone out the window for Jason Richards and Tasman Motorsport after contact at the opening corner of the final race of the weekend.
Richards took advantage of a variety of incidents on the opening corners of the first race today to move from 23rd on the grid to 16th by the end of lap one.
As his rivals lost their patience ahead and made a variety of mistakes, the Kiwi was able to work his way through the pack to be 11th by lap six before pitting for tyres a lap later.
Re-joining in 10th with Cameron McConville right in front, Richards wasn't able to find a way past his fellow Commodore driver and would finish in the same position, nevertheless with a great gain of 13 positions to show for his troubles.
A potential top 10 result went begging at the first corner of the final race when the Kiwi was sandwiched between the Falcons of Max Wilson and Steven Johnson.
Contact with Wilson severely damaged the right front of the #3 Superservice Menus Commodore and Richards was out on the spot.
Andrew Jones found himself in chaos in the opening race of the day. Starting from 31st and dead last on the grid, he picked his way through the lap one carnage to be 21st at the end of the opening lap.
However, he was sent into a spin by Jason Bargwanna on lap four and clouted by the following Marcus Marshall.
He resumed but was forced to pit to replace a shredded rear tyre in addition to his compulsory pit stop a short time later.
In the final race he was able to stay out of trouble and cross the line in 20th spot.
The team will now pack its cars and equipment to be air-lifted back to Australia for the final round of the series at Phillip Island in a fortnight's time.
Jason Richards (#3 Superservice Menus/Tasman Motorsport Commodore VZ)
"I got just stuck between Max and Steven in that final race and I jumped on the brakes to try and avoid being stuck. But they funnelled together and I was in the middle and the whack was a big one. It smashed the brake rotor and did all sorts of damage so I couldn't drive it back to the pits. The race earlier in the day was good. I got a good start and we had a good run through the field, which set up the potential to finish in the top 10. But it wasn't to be."
Andrew Jones (#23 Superservice Menus/Tasman Motorsport Commodore VZ)
"I got a hit from Bargwanna at turn five in the opening race and Marcus (Marshall) had nowhere to go. Then we kept shredding tyres because of the guard rubbing on it, so that lost us even more time. There was a leaking seal on the diff too, so that made the race even more exciting I suppose. At least we got to the finish of the last race. The chaos that tended to happen all weekend at turn one occurred again and we made it through. The good tyres we had used in race two were ruined with the dramas we had so we didn't have great tyres left for the last one."
-credit: tasman motorsport