May 27, 2001 - NRC Racing VT Commodore V8 Supercar driver Dale Brede has finished 5th in all three Konica Series races held at Victoria's Phillip Island today. In cool, partly cloudy but completely dry weather conditions, the Canberra based V8...
May 27, 2001 - NRC Racing VT Commodore V8 Supercar driver Dale Brede has finished 5th in all three Konica Series races held at Victoria's Phillip Island today.
In cool, partly cloudy but completely dry weather conditions, the Canberra based V8 Supercar rookie completed three top five finishes despite three bad starts - each time forced to fight back into the higher points earning positions.
The Phillip Island round saw a great deal of exciting V8 Supercar racing action, the climax being Simon Wills' race three victory ahead of Paul Dumbrell, with just five one thousandths of a second separating the two young drivers.
Dale Brede - "Overall I was very happy with the car's performance, but I am disappointed with my three very tardy starts today as we had the car speed to take a podium finish. Taking all of this into account, to lose positions at every start and still take strong points is at least a positive outcome. The team has done a fantastic job, there is no doubt that we have the same speed as the best of them."
Arthur Abrahams, Team Owner - "The weekend proved that the team is really getting on top of the car set up and I suppose to summarise our performance I'd say (with Dale's agreement) - SHAME ABOUT THE STARTS!!! "
Matthew Boniface, Chief Engineer - "The car ran faultlessly all weekend, we have been on the pace from the word go, if we could overcome the poor starts there is no doubt that we are capable of competing in the top three, especially given our second fastest lap time in the third race."
Round 4 Results:
1.David Parsons 242, 2. Simon Wills - 228, 3. Leanne Ferrier - 212, 4. Paul Dumbrell - 210, 5. Dale Brede - 186
Race One, 5th - A bad start from 4th on the grid saw the NRC Racing VT Commodore driver lose two positions to 6th by turn one. Brede became sandwiched between Owen Kelly who raced ahead of him at the start and polesetter Paul Dumbrell, who dropped to 7th after a mid corner lose early in the race. These three drivers stayed close throughout the race but none was able to move ahead of the other despite several close attempts. Konica series leader David Parsons was promoted to the lead when Dumbrell went wide and powered on to a strong race win with the hard charging Leanne Ferrier close behind followed by Michael Simpson, Kelly, Brede and Dumbrell.
Race Two - 5th - Another horror start saw Brede drop from his 5th grid spot to 11th by the end of the first lap. This started another race long fightback, the rookie gradually making his way up to 6th by the closing stages, the retirement of Michael Simpson promoting the Canberra driver to 5th with two laps remaining.
Race Three - 5th - It would prove to be a day of troublesome starts, Brede's third race start not as bad as the second race but still costing the 25 year old rookie two positions to 7th by the end of the first lap. From there on Brede proved the strength of the NRC Racing VT Commodore by setting the second fastest lap of the race in his chase back up to 5th behind leaders Simon Wills, David Parsons, Leanne Ferrier and Terry Wyhoon. Brede made an attempt to pass Wyhoon at Honda corner that saw him overshoot the corner, but it wasn't long before the NRC Racing driver got the 5th position back when Wyhoon spun at MG corner in the late stages of the race. Brede progressed to take his third top 5 finish of the round.