Richards and Whincup to start seventh in Bathurst 1000 An off-track excursion in the final stages of his Top 10 Shootout lap has cost Jason Richards a potential top five starting spot for the Super Cheap Auto 1000 at Mount Panorama,...
Richards and Whincup to start seventh in Bathurst 1000
An off-track excursion in the final stages of his Top 10 Shootout lap has cost Jason Richards a potential top five starting spot for the Super Cheap Auto 1000 at Mount Panorama, Bathurst.
However, the Kiwi's lap was still good enough to leave him in the same spot that he qualified in yesterday - seventh.
A damp circuit faced drivers at the beginning of the Shootout, though when Russell Ingall beached his SBR Falcon in the sand at The Chase, it allowed the circuit to dry further for the following Richards.
Two fast sectors put the Sandown podium-getter on target for a strong lap, though he locked up his brakes in the latter part of his lap and ran off the road through The Chase.
Charging out the other side over the grass he re-joined to complete the lap in 2m12.2092s.
"I really struggled for tyre temperature in the cool conditions," said Richards.
"I just locked the fronts entering the braking area of The Chase and that was it. I probably had wound too much front brake bias on to suit the drying track and off we went."
Jamie Whincup, who will share the #3 Dodo Commodore with Richards in the 1000-kilometre endurance classic tomorrow, wasn't too concerned by the off- track excursion.
"As nice as it would have been to improve on our qualifying effort, you just can't underestimate how important tomorrow is," he said.
"It's a long day and you have to think on your feet and make smart decisions. I feel comfortable in the car and one of our strengths is that Jason and I are evenly matched.
"If we have to race hard in the last 30 laps, it won't matter which one of us is in the car in terms of outright speed."
The #23 Dodo Commodore of Fabian Coulthard and Tony D'Alberto will start 25th in tomorrow's race, which starts at 10.00am AEST.