V8 Supercars Round Three Eastern Creek Sunday April 28, 2002-04-29 V8 Supercars Round Three, Eastern Creek Trying times for Team Betta - handling problems persist. Both Team Betta Electrical drivers experienced only marginal improvement in the...
V8 Supercars Round Three Eastern Creek
Sunday April 28, 2002-04-29 V8 Supercars Round Three, Eastern Creek
Trying times for Team Betta - handling problems persist.
Both Team Betta Electrical drivers experienced only marginal improvement in the car's handling today in Races 2&3 over Saturdays Race One event.
Although both car 65 & 66 are new and still in the development stage, it is taking longer than expected to bring them both up to the performance required in order to be up amongst the front runners in the series.
"The cars are strong in the power department, perfecting the cars handling requires further development said team owner John Briggs"
"I'm confident this problem will be overcome in a very short space of time with the introduction to the Team of further new key members of staff with the required expertise he said.
"I'm not happy with the car's handling and the drivers inability to put the power down earlier coming out of the corners, it is costing the Team around two seconds a lap and that is unacceptable by any standards.
"Although the cars are strong, more refinement is required on the suspension set-up for both cars to attain optimum handling in all areas of the circuit and we have processes in hand to ensure this occurs in the shortest possible time"
Race Two: Team Betta Electrical cars started side by side on the eleventh row of the grid, qualifying in positions 21 & 22 respectively for the 39 lap event.
Both cars experienced problems in being able to transfer the power to the ground coming out of the corners and could not make any headway on catch the cars ahead of them.
"Although it was a tough race said Tony Longhurst, driver of car 66, I feel we are making progress on refining the delicate balance of both car's, all be it not as quickly as we would like it to occur.
Tony finished the race in car 66 in 17th spot, whilst Max Wilson crossed the line in 27th position.
Race Three: Saw an improvement in handling development with the cars responding further to the changes made to them from race two, with the exit speed out of the corners further being improved.
"It was an enduring race campaigned at very high speeds in a field of very professional drivers and largely went without incident said Tony.
"I'm pleased with our performance too date, considering these are new race cars and in most similar instances they would normally take a full season in development to reach the performance we are now enjoying he said.
" I'm confident perfection in handling for both Team Betta cars is just around the corner said Tony.
Race Three: Saw both cars circulating at constant times, with car 66 of Tony Longhurst's crossing the line in 16th position, with a fastest lap time of 1:34.08, followed by Max Wilson in car 65 just two spots back in 19th position with a fastest lap time of1:33.85.
Series points position now sees Tony Longhurst in tenth position overall, with Max Wilson placed in 31st position.
Both drivers are now preparing themselves for Hidden Valley's Round Four of the championship series to be held in Darwin May 17-19.