COMEBACKS FOR VAN GISBERGEN & COURTNEY IN WA The second race was the big one for Stone Brothers Racing drivers Shane van Gisbergen and James Courtney at the fourth round of Australia's V8 Supercar championship at Perth's Barbagallo Raceway over...
COMEBACKS FOR VAN GISBERGEN & COURTNEY IN WA
The second race was the big one for Stone Brothers Racing drivers Shane van Gisbergen and James Courtney at the fourth round of Australia's V8 Supercar championship at Perth's Barbagallo Raceway over the weekend.
The SP Tools Racing and JELD-WEN Motorsport Falcons clawed their way back to seventh (Courtney) and tenth (van Gisbergen) after starting from P20 (Courtney) and P27 (van Gisbergen) on the grid courtesy of a bruising first-lap incident for van Gisbergen and a drive-through penalty for Courtney in the first race of the weekend on Saturday.
Birthday boy van Gisbergen - the young Kiwi turned 19 on Friday - produced a fantastic drive to pick up 17 positions in the 50-lap race, showing great speed, particularly in the wet conditions, to cross the line in 10th position.
Courtney also had a good run, a clean pit stop on lap 14 helping him into ninth position by lap 32. The JELD-WEN Motorsport driver continued to make progress following his stop, passing Andrew Jones and Todd Kelly on his way to seventh place.
Race three proved to be a little tougher, both drivers struggling to make headway in the pointy end of the field. The pair maintained their starting positions early on but had to settle for eighth (Courtney) and 12th (van Gisbergen) at the chequered flag.
The result was that JELD-WEN Motorsport's James Courtney claimed eighth for the round while SP Tools Racing's Shane van Gisbergen was 17th, his race one retirement proving costly in the points haul.
Courtney is currently ninth in the V8 Supercar Championship standings; van Gisbergen is 16th.
Round five of the V8 Supercar Championship Series is at Sandown Raceway on Australia's Queens Birthday long weekend, 7-9 June 2008.
Shane van Gisbergen, #9, SP Tools Racing Falcon
"The SP Tools Racing Falcon was as good as new today with the repairs the guys did last night.
"We started third to last and came right through to tenth; the car was really fast in the rain. We picked up a lot of track position then.
"We pitted late and had really good tyres because we didn't finish the first race so that helped us too.
"In the last race we ran into a bit of a wall; it's a lot harder to pass those guys who have close to the same pace as you.
"We had a slow stop which cost us a couple of spots but overall, I've had a pretty good first race here; a top ten in qualifying and good speed."
James Courtney, #4, JELD-WEN Motorsport
"We had a big improvement in the JELD-WEN Motorsport Falcon today.
"The car was faster than a couple of the cars in front of me in the last race but this is a tough circuit to pass on.
"I could have had a lunge but there was a good chance that that would result in contact and I just can't afford to do that.
"The drive-through yesterday killed our weekend; you get a good finish in race one and you can be up in the top five in race two and three. The result yesterday hindered us today.
"Still it was a good recovery today and we are slowly crawling back and chipping away at the championship. There is still a long way to go."