25 year old NRC Racing V8 Supercar driver Dale Brede has qualified 4th for tomorrow's fourth round of the Konica V8 Supercar Series at a cold, damp and blustery Phillip Island circuit today. This impressive second row starting position was...
25 year old NRC Racing V8 Supercar driver Dale Brede has qualified 4th for tomorrow's fourth round of the Konica V8 Supercar Series at a cold, damp and blustery Phillip Island circuit today.
This impressive second row starting position was gained by the talented Canberra driver despite the unpredictable weather conditions that forced the stewards to convene a combined forty minute qualifying session rather than the usual fastest 50% separated session. This meant that increased traffic on a dampening circuit would ensure that qualifying would be tough and very much a high pressure scenario.
In another display of how fast the top Konica Series drivers have become, 19 year old Paul Dumbrell scored pole position with a lap time good enough to place him within the top half of a Shell Series V8 Supercar starting grid. Dumbrell's 1:33.9380 second lap was best chased by David Parsons (1:34.5789s) and the talented Leanne Ferrier (1:35.0869s) who marginally out paced the NRC Racing driver's best lap of 1:35.4346s.
Brede's effort ensured that the NRC Racing VT Commodore was the fastest non level one team supported car in the Konica Series field. His fastest lap time was achieved after the team had lost an early opportinuty on the first set of new tyres due to set up problems. A pit stop for some set up modifications helped Brede gain another second row start, although he feels that he may have been able to gain the third spot as the car was improving with every lap. Rain started towards the end of the session, protecting Brede's 4th position as the NRC machine was flagged for excess noise levels and forced into the pits for the remainder of the session.
Dale Brede - "I am sure that we could have made it to third fastest in that session as I was held up during my fastest lap. The car is excellent after the quick changes that we made and it was a shame that we squandered our short window of opportunity on new tyres early in the session. I am delighted that we are the fastest non level one team supported V8 Supercar here at Phillip Island and we hope to be very strong in the races tomorrow - rain, hail or shine!" /ends.
For further information contact or interviews contact Paul Marinelli, NRC Racing Media Relations Manager - 0417 558 655 or contact Dale Brede directly on 0416 295 429.
PRACTICE SESSION REPORT
A cold and blustery day at Victoria's fast Phillip Island circuit greeted the Konica V8 Supercar Series' fourth round, with NRC Racing's V8 Supercar driver Dale Brede immediately starting proceedings with the second fastest time of the first practice session. The 25 year old Canberra driver topped the timesheet for most of the first session, Paul Dumbrell taking the top spot at the end of the session.
The second practice session saw Brede set the fifth fastest time of the session, with only 5/10ths of a second separating second (Owen Kelly 1:36.1420) from fifth (Dale Brede 1:36.6374s). Continued cold and blustery weather conditions made the session a difficult one in terms of achieving major performance gains. Dumbrell was once again fastest with Simon Wills improving to third.
<pre> Practice Session 1 - Top three lap times (Overcast, cold)
1. Paul Dumbrell - VT Commodore - 1:36.0730s 2. Dale Brede - NRC Racing VT Commodore - 1:36.6531s 3. David Parsons - VT Commodore - 1:36.7371s
Practice Session 2 - Top five lap times -
1. Paul Dumbrell - VT Commodore - 1:35.3981s 2. Owen Kelly - VS Commodore - 1:36.1240s 3. Simon Wills - VT Commodore - 1:36.5040s 4. David Parsons - VT Commodore - 1:36.5689s 5. Dale Brede - NRC Racing VT Commodore - 1:36.6374