Hidden Valley: Dodo Racing Sunday report

Off-track excursions cost Top 10 finish in Darwin OFF-track excursions have cost Jason Richards and Jamie Whincup at Hidden Valley Raceway in Darwin today, as the Dodo Racing duo finished 13th and 14th respectively in round six of the V8...

Off-track excursions cost Top 10 finish in Darwin

OFF-track excursions have cost Jason Richards and Jamie Whincup at Hidden Valley Raceway in Darwin today, as the Dodo Racing duo finished 13th and 14th respectively in round six of the V8 Supercar Championship Series.

Kiwi Richards shone in the early part of today's two 140-kilometre (48 lap) races. Starting from 25th on the grid, the #3 Commodore stayed out until lap 30 before making his compulsory tyre change.

He enjoyed the lead for a stint before pitting, where he resumed at the rear of the top 10 with newer tyres than most of his rivals.

Charging through the field, Richards was able to work his way through to a speedy sixth place.

In the final race he again made a charge, moving up to fourth and shadowing the works HRT cars of Todd Kelly and Mark Skaife as well as HSV Dealer Team pilot Garth Tander in the early stages.

Rejoining in fourth place after his pit stop, Richards then made the previously mentioned error at turn one and eventually crossed the line in 15th place.

"I got off the line really well and the car launched initially well but then we kind of got bogged down a little bit at the start of the final race," said Richards.

"The car was pretty good in the early laps and we were up there and running in the top four on genuine pace. But on lap 12 I got a bit greedy under brakes into turn one because that was where I was making up time on the HRT cars."

"I couldn't pull up and around it went into a spin at the end of the straight. After the pit stop we had a bit of understeer that I couldn't quite get rid of and I tripped up again and ran off after I'd flat-spotted the tyres."

"Once again it's overall a disappointing weekend because again the guys have put together two fast cars but we just haven't been able to punch out a result."

Team-mate Whincup finished 14th in today's first race and was hovering around the top 10 in the final race before making an error and running off at turn one. It was enough to drop him back down the order and he finished 17th.

"I'm really disappointed in myself because one of my focuses all year has been keeping my mistakes to a minimum and I made one today," said Whincup.

"We'd made up some good spots at the start of the last race and settled into a good rhythm. We made our stop and lost a couple of places there but later on I just made a mistake at turn one. I ran off and that pushed me back - no excuses."

"For the last three or four rounds I've kept my mistakes to a minimum. We'll go to Queensland now and I'll have the same approach. We've held our place in the championship points but this weekend could have been a chance to penetrate the top 10."

The V8 Supercars will again be in action in three weeks time at Queensland Raceway.

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Series Supercars
Drivers Garth Tander , Mark Skaife , Jason Richards , Jamie Whincup , Todd Kelly