Phillip Island: TPR qualifying report

BACKWARDS TO GO FORWARDS Dramatic racing in the closing stages of Jason Bright's qualifying race saw Trading Post Racing's pace improve significantly at Phillip Island today. The team had been struggling to tune new developmental parts for...

BACKWARDS TO GO FORWARDS

Dramatic racing in the closing stages of Jason Bright's qualifying race saw Trading Post Racing's pace improve significantly at Phillip Island today.

The team had been struggling to tune new developmental parts for most of the day but decided to revert to the Townsville set-up, which saw Jason Bright qualify fourth and fifth at the last round.

Bright put the new pace to good use, going from 19th to tenth by the end of his 14-lap qualifying race. With the chequered flag in sight, however, Brighty found himself side-by-side with Russell Ingall and Alex Davison, coming off worse to finish 15th.

Co-Driver Matt Halliday was struggling with the origional set-up in his 14-lap qualifying race and finished 26th, after completing the mandatory pit stop.

Drivers have a warm up tomorrow morning before the L&H 500 kicks off at 13.35.

Jason Bright
Trading Post Racing

"I think at least now we can go into tomorrow's race confident that we've got a much better car. We've been trying some new bits and, although they're probably the way forward, we're going to need a lot more miles to test them.

"We've gone back to what we know and the car's got really good pace again. Over 500km on a track that uses rear tyres so much, I'm pretty confident we'll be able to make our way up. We've just got to stay out of trouble and use the safety cars to our advantage. Hopefully we'll go into the last hour in contention; we need to try and do everything we can to keep on the lead lap.

"On the last lap we got a good run. We were battling with Alex Davison and Russell Ingall; I don't know what happened on my inside but Alex obviously had a bit of an incident. I would be surprised if the stewards don't look at it because Alex wouldn't have stayed on the track if it wasn't for crashing into me."

Matt Halliday
Trading Post Racing co-driver

"I got a good start but got pushed off and lost five or six places. Then there was a crash at Lukey Heights and I lost a couple of spots there too. Basically it was just a very hectic first lap and I had to take a lot of evasive action.

"I didn't feel like the car was better after the changes we'd made before my race and we basically just changed everything again for Jason's race. We're just trying lots and lots of things; we're using these races as a test session and we hadn't found the sweet spot for my race, which around this place makes life hard."

-source: tpr

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Series Supercars
Drivers Matthew Halliday , Jason Bright , Russell Ingall , Alex Davison , Phillip Island