SET-UP DILEMMA Scoring pole position last year is causing Jason Richards a big headache at Darwin's V8 Supercar round this weekend as the Team BOC driver agonizes over strategy. Richards must decide which set-up will work best for him this ...
Scoring pole position last year is causing Jason Richards a big headache at Darwin's V8 Supercar round this weekend as the Team BOC driver agonizes over strategy.
Richards must decide which set-up will work best for him this weekend: the one that saw him fastest at Hidden Valley in 2009 or the one he tried and liked at Team BOC's Winton test day last month.
The team split today's four practice sessions evenly between the two approaches but engineers are still finding it hard to decide without having equal tyres to test on. Richards finished 21st overall, with a time of 1:10.7784 on his 2010 set-up whilst using the team's best set of tyres.
Qualifying tomorrow begins at 11.20am CST
"We're a little bit further up the grid than I was last year in Practice, but there's no doubt that the different set-up options have certainly got me thinking. This year's car is easier to drive but I don't think it's ultimately as quick for qualifying so my headache is probably really swinging towards which set-up I'll put on for the race.
"I think as a qualifying set-up last year's car is superior; it's going to be close but I think the car's good enough over one flying lap to be quick again. I was 3rd in that last session until a whole bunch of people put green tyres on. We don't use tyres on Friday; we use them on Saturday when it counts."
Team Co-Owner "The boys are definitely confident that they are going to be in the top ten, which is great, but they\'re still not 100% sure on race set-up. I'm not worried; if you can qualify well here, unless the car\'s undriveably loose, I think you\'re going to have a good race. If it\'s got good speed for qualifying I think we\'ll trim it up and won\'t have a problem in the race."
-source: team BOC