Difficult beginning to Barbagallo weekend for Richards and Jones Tasman Motorsport's Jason Richards and Andrew Jones have had a tough start to the third round of the V8 Supercar Championship Series at Barbagallo Raceway in Western ...
Difficult beginning to Barbagallo weekend for Richards and Jones
Tasman Motorsport's Jason Richards and Andrew Jones have had a tough start to the third round of the V8 Supercar Championship Series at Barbagallo Raceway in Western Australia.
Jones was 21st fastest in today's practice session, with Kiwi team-mate Richards only able to manage the 27th fastest time.
Both drivers struggled for speed in their Sleepyhead Commodores, and will sit down with Tasman engineers tonight in an attempt to find more pace for tomorrow's qualifying session and first 120-kilometre race.
Such is the tightness of the field at Barbagallo that 21st-fastest Jones is just under a second slower than the day's fastest driver, Garth Tander in the HSV Dealer Team Commodore.
Andrew Jones (#23 Sleepyhead/Tasman Motorsport Holden Commodore VZ)
"It was a really hard session for the entire team. The cars just weren't in the window from the beginning. We made a few gains with my car as we made different changes, but it needs to be more of the same and then a bit more for tomorrow. We did take steps forward but they were so small it wasn't funny - we needed to change it up to find some chunks of time. We're chasing the car in the area of making it ride the bumps well. There's a direction for us in terms of working on the chassis tomorrow but we need to find one in the suspension area to get an all-round improvement on today."
Jason Richards (#3 Sleepyhead/Tasman Motorsport Holden Commodore VZ)
"We just had no car speed today at all. Obviously, if we knew what was going wrong we'd have it fixed and be right up the front. I'm sure we won't be that far back tomorrow. It was a really difficult day today. There were a few occasions where we got held up - when the tyres were at their best I got blocked by a car exiting the pits and then on the next lap the red flag came out. So the tyres had lost the edge they have when they're at their best. We just need to tickle the right area in the car for qualifying and we'll be OK."
Tomorrow will see the V8 Supercars complete qualifying, the Top 10 Shootout and the first race with the final two races (including a reverse grid event) on Sunday. Tomorrow's first race will be run over 120 kilometres.