RECOVERY MARRED BY LATE INCIDENT Strategy pulled Jason Richards through to what could have been a top ten finish at Winton Motor Raceway today, had it not been for a late incident with Shane Van Gisbergen. Stewards will review on-board footage...
RECOVERY MARRED BY LATE INCIDENT
Strategy pulled Jason Richards through to what could have been a top ten finish at Winton Motor Raceway today, had it not been for a late incident with Shane Van Gisbergen.
Stewards will review on-board footage overnight, which shows the Team BOC car being forced off the track through turn one by Van Gisbergen whilst running 11th.
Richards recovered to finish 13th, an amazing result considering he started 23rd. Strategy played a large part in the improvement with the crew saving its best tyres for a late safety car, which came when V8 Supercar Championship leader Jamie Whincup beached his car on lap 45.
The next V8 Supercar round will be at Hidden Valley Raceway, Darwin from 18-20 June.
"Shane Van Gisbergen is a brave little fellow. Coming onto the start finish line Shane managed to get up my inside and he just kept moving over. The rules state that I'm allowed to hold my position when I get to the edge of the track and he just kept moving across. I was just into fifth gear and nearly had him wrapped around the front of my car. He's either very brave or very silly and I'd go for the latter.
"Today's strategy worked in our favour. It was a toss-up and we were helped out with that second safety car but we just weren't fast enough and we use the tyres up too fast. We'll have a very busy test day next week before Darwin."
"They got a good result today through hard work and smart strategy. They banked on that second safety car and stayed out when very few other cars did. It worked out nicely and if he hadn't got into that shuffle at the end he would have ended up in the top ten."
-source: team boc