Longhurst finds the groove for Team Betta Electrical at Barbagallo. RACE TWO Tony Longhurst revelled in the conditions at Barbagallo today in races two and three of Round Six in the V8 Supercar series. Longhurst posted 4th fastest times in...
Longhurst finds the groove for Team Betta Electrical at Barbagallo.
Tony Longhurst revelled in the conditions at Barbagallo today in races two and three of Round Six in the V8 Supercar series.
Longhurst posted 4th fastest times in practice today with a lap time of 0:58.66 behind HRT's Jason Bright, Ozemail's Brad Jones and HRT's Mark Skaife. This placed Longhurst on the second row of the grid for Race two.
Longhurst put in a very credible effort only losing a couple of placing's for the 42 lap race.
"The car was running extremely well," said Tony. "We are definitely gaining ground with the set-up of the car's handling which was shown today in the race results in Race two."
"The car was very impressive today and we are not too far away now from the front-runners, " he said.
Max Wilson in Car 65, the second Team Betta Electrical falcon, could only manage 22nd fastest in practice today with a lap time of 0:59.45.
Wilson complained of being down on top - end power along with a lack of grip on the very abrasive circuit.
The safety car came out after two cars ended in the sand trap at Novus corner when Wilson was leading the race prior to his mandatory pit stop.
Wilson emerged from the pit lane and joined the pace in mid field.
"It was a good race," said Wilson "although the car was down on grip, the experience was great, although I would have liked to have finished closer to the front than 15th position.
Longhurst started fourth on the grid in race three and got off to a very impressive start, keeping pace with the front runners until Lap 3 when Team Brock commodore driver David Baird blew an engine, dropping oil on the circuit Longhurst said, " I just didn't see the oil and the next thing I knew the car was out of control and into the sand quickly followed by both Tratt and Larkham. "
Again the pace car came out whilst the cars were recovered, putting Longhurst one lap down in the race, a position he could not recover from finishing a disappointing 29th for the third and final 42 lap race, placing him in 9th position overall for the event.
Wilson in Car 65 starting mid-field in race three could not make any impression on the lead cars, as the tyres still continued to lose grip on the circuit.
Wilson finished race three in 19th positions.
The weekend's Round Six in the series was enjoyed by a record crowd of 70,900 motor racing fans in perfect race conditions.