Top five result goes begging for Tasman in QLD A TOP five result - or even better - has gone begging for Tasman Motorsport after another tough V8 Supercar round on the streets of the Gold Coast. Jason Richards backed up his strong fourth place...
Top five result goes begging for Tasman in QLD
A TOP five result - or even better - has gone begging for Tasman Motorsport after another tough V8 Supercar round on the streets of the Gold Coast.
Jason Richards backed up his strong fourth place finish in yesterday's first race with fifth in the first of two 22-lap races today.
But while a slower than usual pit stop cost the New Zealander the chance to really fight for a top position, he managed to bring home the #3 Firepower Commodore right on the heels of HSV driver Rick Kelly.
A bad start in the final race dropped Richards to ninth in the early stages before he was forced to pit with a brake problem.
The Tasman team fixed the drama and the car returned to the track, only to run on less than its regular eight cylinders and be forced to retire.
The day was short for team-mate Andrew Jones, who endured a frustrating day.
In the first race he was squeezed into a wall by Steve Owen's Commodore, the damage enough to force him to spin and retire.
And if that wasn't bad enough, his final race lasted all of 200 metres before being innocently involved in a multi-car accident that involved nearly a third of the field in some way, shape or form.
The damage sustained to the #23 car was too great and the team will head home to Melbourne to continue readying a new car for the next round at Symmons Plains in Tasmania in three weeks' time.
Jason Richards (#3 Firepower/Tasman Motorsport Commodore VZ)
"In the first race today we had a little bit of an average pit stop. So after coming in right on Garth Tander's bumper who came out in the lead, we came out in fifth but it was still a good result and set us up nicely for the last race. Pretty early in that final race I started struggling with the brakes and only had half pressure slowing the car up. We pitted and found a nipple that had come loose in the brake calliper area, which is something really strange to have happen. So we went back out and then the engine went onto six or seven cylinders. We' re not too sure what the problem was, so we'll get it all back home to Melbourne and investigate. But we showed we have the speed in the car and our pit stops to mix it and that's something positive to take away."
Andrew Jones (#3 Firepower/Tasman Motorsport Commodore VZ)
"It was just another ordinary day really for us. We were only two laps into the first race today when I got squeezed into the fence by Steve Owen. It broke the steering and ripped a brake line out, so I got to the next corner with no rakes and spun it to avoid going into the wall head-first. My second race was even shorter, all of 200 metres! I was going down the outside and a big multi-car crash was something I couldn't avoid. I hit one of the GRM cars at probably 140-odd km/h and the damage was too bad for the team to fix."
-credit: tasman motorsport