Perth: Tasman Motorsport Saturday report

Small improvements for Tasman duo in race one at Barbagallo The tough weekend experienced by Tasman Motorsport drivers Jason Richards and Andrew Jones has continued in race one of the Perth V8 400 at Barbagallo Raceway in Western ...

Small improvements for Tasman duo in race one at Barbagallo

The tough weekend experienced by Tasman Motorsport drivers Jason Richards and Andrew Jones has continued in race one of the Perth V8 400 at Barbagallo Raceway in Western Australia today.

After enduring a difficult day in practice on Friday with a lack of speed from their Sleepyhead Commodores, both Tasman drivers had a similar day today.

Kiwi Richards qualified 20th for today's opening race and improved slightly to finish 18th while team-mate Jones started 23rd and finished 20th.

Tomorrow's first race will be a reverse grid and will simply be a complete reversal of today's result given all 31 cars finished today's 50-lap race.

QUOTEBOOK

Jason Richards (#3 Sleepyhead/Tasman Motorsport Holden Commodore VZ) "In qualifying we took a big risk and changed the setup completely. The wholesale changes we made actually probably made it worse though! It was very difficult to drive and we again made massive changes for the race to try and come up with something that works. We weren't fast in the race but we were consistent and reasonably competitive in the mid pack. At least we have a base to work off now for tomorrow, which is the first time all weekend that we've had that."

Andrew Jones (#23 Sleepyhead/Tasman Motorsport Holden Commodore VZ) "In qualifying we did pretty much the same to the #23 car as was on Jason's #3 car. With similar setups we were both around the same part of the grid so for the race we decided to go for a flexible pit stop strategy and made our pit stop later than most. I probably would have stayed out longer but I was getting stuck behind Paul Radisich so it made sense to pit. I got past Canto about three-quarters of the way through the race and we just chased Paul Morris for the rest of it."

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Series Supercars
Drivers Andrew Jones , Paul Morris , Jason Richards , Paul Radisich