Reynolds And Murphy Score Top 15 Finishes At Albert Park
Both David Reynolds and Greg Murphy have scored top 15 finishes in the opening race of the Albert Park 400 at the Formula 1 QANTAS Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne, Victoria today.
David Reynolds finished in 12th spot aboard the #16 Stratco Commodore, unlucky not to score a top 10 finish after losing several spots in pit lane after encountering heavy traffic at his pit stop mid-race.
Greg Murphy made ground during the opening stint, using soft Dunlop tyres on his #11 Pepsi Max Commodore, but once switching to the harder compound tyres he dropped to 15th place.
Both drivers will look to make ground in the two remaining 25 lap races on Saturday and Sunday.
Jamie Whincup won today’s race from Garth Tander, Shane Van Gisbergen, Alex Davison and Rick Kelly.
KELLY RACING QUOTEBOARD:
DAVID REYNOLDS - #16 Stratco Holden Commodore
“Today was OK for us,” said David Reynolds.
“But it’s a bit dark out there at the end … it was hard to see anything!
“It was a good race for the Stratco Commodore. We went forward and to make it to 12th was decent.
“We should have made a few more spots but we lost time in the pits. Everyone pitted when I did and there was a lot of pit lane congestion.
“We lost time there so we could have had a top 10 - we will try for that tomorrow.”
GREG MURPHY - #11 Pepsi Max Holden Commodore
“We were not able to be fast enough to make the most of each tyre,” said Greg Murphy.
“We didn't go far enough on the soft tyres when we started on them and then we were just not 'pacey' enough for long enough to get the gain we needed for when we went to hard tyres.
“That cost us three or four spots and we probably should have been around 10th place if we had been able to be faster on the soft tyre.
“We didn't go forward enough and make enough progress. When the others swapped tyres we went back further than the strategy would have hoped for considering there was no Safety Cars.”
-source: kelly racing