GOOD TYRE LIFE BUT NO LUCK FOR RICHARDS Breakages during today's race capped off a forgettable day for Jason Richards at Queensland Raceway. The Team BOC driver was blocked in qualifying and started 23rd for today's 38-lap race. After the...
GOOD TYRE LIFE BUT NO LUCK FOR RICHARDS
Breakages during today's race capped off a forgettable day for Jason Richards at Queensland Raceway.
The Team BOC driver was blocked in qualifying and started 23rd for today's 38-lap race. After the first pit stop he was up to 19th but a broken valve spring saw him limp home in 22nd.
Tomorrow's qualifying starts at 10.15am.
Jason Richards, Team BOC #8:
"We had a failure about six or seven laps after the pit stop so it's hard to get a read on how good the car was but it was obviously bad because we weren't able to run with the mid-pack. With the soft tyres though it doesn't seem half as harsh because the car looks after them, but we're missing something and I'm unsure what it is.
"With the broken valve spring anyone that got within 100m of me on the straight could pass so it was hopeless. At least it's a lot better to have a failure when you're running where we were, rather than when you're at the front."
Brad Jones, Co-Owner:
"Jason was in line to finish 15th or 16th I felt and unfortunately the car's got a broken valve spring around lap 25 and it was just slowly getting slower and slower. He had made up quite a lot of ground and was in front of Tim Slade, who was 16th, so at worst he would have finished there.
"I thought he was on line for a quick time in qualifying but he got blocked by Ingall and with these really soft tyres you only get one lap. It was just enough for him to take his eye off the ball and cost him a couple of tenths, which put him back to 23rd. We've got a lot of work to do with the car; it's quite consistent but doesn't have stunning pace."
-source: team boc