Trying day for Dodo Racing at Barbagallo Promising race pace hasn't translated into a top10 finish for Dodo Racing's Jason Richards and Jamie Whincup at Barbagallo Raceway in Western Australia. Both showed speed at different...
Trying day for Dodo Racing at Barbagallo
Promising race pace hasn't translated into a top10 finish for Dodo Racing's Jason Richards and Jamie Whincup at Barbagallo Raceway in Western Australia.
Both showed speed at different times during the day, though a punctured tyre for each driver in separate races put paid to a strong result and Richards was forced to settle for 15th and Whincup 17th.
A slow pit stop in today's opening race dropped Richards down the order after he ran fifth in the race's early stages on genuine speed. A hit with Todd Kelly on lap 30, who was exiting the pits at the same time as Richards, damaged the Dodo car and he finished a lap down in 25th.
He made some ground back in the last 140-kilometre race, crossing the line in 17th and improving in the championship standings to move into the top 20 for the first time in 2005.
"I got a puncture in the race and that made me pit a lot earlier than what we were planning to do," said Richards.
"Again the luck wasn't with us this weekend. When you get buried in the pack it's almost impossible to salvage anything from that deep in the field.
"I took the careful option once I was in the pack but we couldn't seem to really work our way through."
Team-mate Whincup had a tyre valve fail in the first of today's races and he was forced to make an unscheduled pit stop before finishing 24th.
He also pushed hard in the last race and recovered ground to finish 14th.
"We made some significant changes to the car for the last race and it was much better," said Whincup, who sits 17th in the championship.
"The flat tyre was one of those things that you can't control and in the last race I just drove as hard as I could manage. We made our pit stop quite late because the tyres held on longer than we expected."
The team will now regroup for the next round of the series at Eastern Creek Raceway in Sydney in three weeks time. The circuit was the team's official test track last year when it was based in Sydney prior to moving to Melbourne for the 2005 season.
They will conduct a test day at their new test circuit, Winton Motor Raceway, later in the month as preparation. It will be the first chance the team has had to test since the beginning of the season.