JONES: "A TERRIBLE WAY TO END THE DAY" After 30 laps around Surfers Paradise, Andy Jones felt Team BOC had the podium in its sights today but the team left empty-handed after being taken out under safety car. Jones was just one lap away from...
JONES: "A TERRIBLE WAY TO END THE DAY"
After 30 laps around Surfers Paradise, Andy Jones felt Team BOC had the podium in its sights today but the team left empty-handed after being taken out under safety car.
Jones was just one lap away from handing over to Jason Richards when the safety car was called. The team instructed him to slow down and, thinking the safety car was round the next turn, Jones slowed accordingly.
Two cars on his tail did not see and Jones ended in the pit wall. The next round of the V8 Supercar Championship is Tasmania on November 13/14.
"When the safety car came out the team told Jonesy to slow down but the problem with a street race under safety car is that everyone's still racing to catch the train.
"I looked up and saw it happen right in front of me; it was a monster. Andy was coming in that lap after an excellent stint but instead he never made it around.
"As a team, it's been a terrible day. If I focus on the positives, in qualifying we had both cars in the top ten and both cars had virtually identical pace, which was excellent. They weren't P1 cars but certainly the second row should have been quite achievable, which is a turnaround for us."
Team BOC Co-Driver
"I got a really good start, the opening lap was really good and I felt I pulled a demon move on Dario Franchitti down the back straight. From there I got past Villeneuve, also good fun, and pitted early, which put us in a pretty good position for a podium.
"By the time that last safety car came out we were about ready to make the driver change; unfortunately we didn't get that opportunity. I was told to slow down because the safety car was out. I assumed the train was a bit up the road so I slowed quite a bit. There were obviously still people out there racing..
"It was a terrible way to end the day because our car had genuine pace. I think we could have been on the podium."
Team BOC Co-Owner
"It's been a terrible day. I was expecting big things for the team . We need to regroup for Tasmania in a couple of weeks. Qualifying showed we had good car speed and we've still got three race meetings to get another podium for the year."
-source: team boc