Bright continues to hold Series lead and heads into second half of the season confident! Jason Bright once again was perfectly placed to take full advantage of other teams mistakes to maintain his hold on the V8 Supercar Championship Series lead...
Bright continues to hold Series lead and heads into second half of the season confident!
Jason Bright once again was perfectly placed to take full advantage of other teams mistakes to maintain his hold on the V8 Supercar Championship Series lead heading into the second half of this years V8 Supercar Series.
In spite of a Ford quinella with Stone Brothers racers Russell Ingall and Marcos Ambrose triumphant ahead of Holden's Todd Kelly, Bright's fifth placing took full advantage of the failure to finish of his closest competitor, Holden's Steven Richards and defending champion, Mark Skaife. Ambrose is now Bright's nearest rival, 36 points in arrears. Holden's Greg Murphy sits 58 points behind Bright, with Ingall and Weel making up the top five.
In a race remarkable for lacking a single safety car period, Bright started from sixth and beat Simon Wills to the first corner, holding fifth place through the compulsory pitstops until surrendering track position to fellow Holden racers Todd Kelly and Paul Morris on lap 62 of 96.
A slight technical problem hindered Bright's race pace but though consistent driving Bright was able to hold of a late race charge from FPR's Craig Lowndes despite a broken exhaust header.
"Unfortunately our set-up was compromised a little going into the race with a slight technical problem and we certainly didn't have the pace that we had in the morning warm up" Bright said. "Once again our learning curve over the weekend was bigger than we would like but you can't really complain about a fifth place when you know all of the other teams ahead of us have been out testing."
Bright also confirmed an engine problem during the latter half of the race which fortuitously had not robbed the car of speed. "From forty laps out the engine note startedto change and I was concerned that the engine might be aboutto fail so I had to go into conservation mode fortu nately it wasjust an exhaust header."
Darwin fishing adventures!
The Monday following Darwin's Hidden Valley race, Jason was lucky enough to receive some expert advice on fishing from MERCURY top gun Paul Williams. Jason hit the water early with Paul and Jason's engineer Phil, and was rewarded with several Spanish Mackeral and Giant Trevally.
Round Eight of the Australian V 8 Supercar Series Brought to you by VB will be held at Sydney's Oran Park onthe 17th of August.