The scene was set today at Winton Raceway Victoria, for what was expected to be exceptional performances from both Team Betta Electrical AU Falcon V8 Supercars in both practice sessions and qualifying in round eight of the series. Under clear ...
The scene was set today at Winton Raceway Victoria, for what was expected to be exceptional performances from both Team Betta Electrical AU Falcon V8 Supercars in both practice sessions and qualifying in round eight of the series.
Under clear sky's and perfect conditions, the first practice session got underway with both car 66 driven by Tony Longhurst and car 65 driven by Max Wilson battling to put the power down to the circuit and posting very disappointing times from what was expected.
Tony Longhurst could only manage 28th fastest in the first practice session with a fastest time of 1:25.35, saying that although the car had performed well at Queensland Raceway testing recently, the set up for the suspension had to be changed to suit the Winton circuit.
He went on to say, both car's need more work in this area in order to be competitive.
Max Wilson, could only manage 13th fastest in the first practice session with the fastest lap recorded at 1:24.92.
Wilson also had trouble getting the power down to the track, and could only hope that with the changes to the suspension that both cars would handle better for the second practice session.
However the second practice session displayed no improvement in performance from either car, in fact both cars slipped back further on the leader board, posting times of 1:24.81 for Wilson in car 65, placing him 23rd fastest in the second practice session, with Longhurst falling back a further two positions, coming in 30th with a fastest lap of 1:25.31.
Both cars still showing problems in being able to transfer the power down to the circuit.
Both cars were loosing valuable time not being able to get out of the corners quicker said Longhurst.
We were behind the eight ball with each lap of the circuit and it was impossible to do an acceptable time on this circuit with the set up we had he said.
Changes were made to both cars prior to the all-important qualifying session in the hope that performance could be lifted, however to no avail.
Both car's continued to under perform, posting disappointing times and placing's.
Longhurst battled to post 29th fastest with a time of 1:24.34, whilst Max Wilson could only manage 22nd fastest with a time of 1:23.82.
Wilson was extremely disappointed with the car's performance in qualifying, as it is in total contrast to him posting the fastest time in qualifying at round 7 at Oran Park just four weeks earlier.
We seem to take two steps forward and three steps back in the development of the cars, it's very frustrating he said.
We will have to rethink everything by going back over the data more closely and re consider the changes we have made.
It is so easy for small adjustments to over compensate in the cars handling.
A lot of work will be carried out over night in order to come up with a proven solution to these problems we are faced with here at Winton, in an attempt to get the cars into contention prior to tomorrow's two races.