FIRST RACE HIT MEANS VAN GISBERGEN HAS WORK CUT OUT TODAY A first race hit and subsequent dnf means that SP Tools Racing's Shane van Gisbergen will have his work cut out in the second and third races at the fourth round of the 2008 V8 Supercar...
FIRST RACE HIT MEANS VAN GISBERGEN HAS WORK CUT OUT TODAY
A first race hit and subsequent dnf means that SP Tools Racing's Shane van Gisbergen will have his work cut out in the second and third races at the fourth round of the 2008 V8 Supercar championship at Perth's Barbagallo Raceway today.
Van Gisbergen, who celebrated his 19th birthday on Friday, put in a fantastic qualifying effort in his first Barbagallo appearance, claiming 10th on the grid.
The SP Tools Racing driver then made a steady start in the first race of the weekend on Saturday afternoon, only to be the innocent party in an incident involving Jason Bright, Michael Caruso and Greg Murphy at the last corner on lap one.
The young Kiwi gun came straight into the pits for repairs but was unable to rejoin the race. The SBR crew will repair the SP Tools Racing Falcon overnight in time for race two tomorrow.
Teammate, JELD-WEN Motorsport's James Courtney, fared little better despite looking set for a strong top ten result in the first race.
Unfortunately a drive-through penalty sent him back to finish in 20th position.
Courtney qualified fifth in this morning's three-leg elimination session and made a good start to race one, holding fifth early in the race.
Following his compulsory pit stop on lap 14, the JELD-WEN Motorsport driver had his hands full as the SBR Falcon went off the boil.
Steady in sixth position, Courtney raced with Rick Kelly until he received a warning for blocking on lap 36. Kelly passed the JELD-WEN Motorsport Falcon before Courtney received a drive-through penalty for blocking one lap later.
The penalty sent the Gold Coast-based driver back to 21st position, the JELD-WEN Falcon eventually taking the chequered flag in 20th place.
Shane van Gisbergen, #9, SP Tools Racing Falcon "The hit from Caruso took me by surprise.
"I was coming out of th e corner and had the power down and all of a sudden I got drilled.
"I spun around a few times and went straight into the pits but we couldn't get the SP Tools Falcon back out on the track.
"It was a shame that we couldn't carry on after a really good qualifying session. It was great to be in the top ten again.
"I guess I will have plenty of passing practice tomorrow."
James Courtney, #4, JELD-WEN Motorsport "I guess I was surprised how quickly the black flag was called after I got the warning for blocking; Rick (Kelly) had got past me already.
"I'm pretty frustrated to be at the back of the field again after a good qualifying session.
"The JELD-WEN Falcon was good early but it started to go off very quickly after our pit stop. I was struggling just about everywhere on the track and just trying to hang on to position.
"It's possible that something may have broken during the race; the guys are having a look at it now to get back on track tomorrow."