A wheel eventful afternoon that was Race 9 of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, saw multiple cars driven until the wheels fell off, literally, with multiple wheel failures and a safety car deployed after lap 10, the main features in the 120km race.
Up eight spots in today’s 27 lap feature, saw David Reynolds finish just outside of the podium in 4th position, with Dave crediting the strong result to the team’s efficiency while in the pits.
“Amazing job, by all the crew,” said Reynolds
“That’s probably one of the best pit stops I’ve ever done in a short race, so credit to them, they have been working hard at it and it has paid off,”
“We have a pretty good race car, we just need to tune it up for quali.”
Shane van Gisbergen was able to save some valuable points and turn around a 9th place qualifying position to 6th, after narrowly avoiding a mid-race incident with the number 6 of Cam Waters.
“Qualifying was good. We probably got the most information we have been looking for from the driving in those two 10-minute sessions. However, at the end of the day, we were still about one-tenth away from where we wanted to be,” said Shane
“For the race itself, I wasn’t in a bad starting position but just had a bad start. The bad start then made it challenging to then move up in the positions. Other than the beginning part it was a good race but just too slow again.”
Mobil 1 MEGA Racing driver Scott Pye becomes just the 41st to reach the feat of 200 races in the premier class today, donning the #200 on his ZB Commodore which he placed 8th in Race 9.
“l had fun out there,” said Scott.
“I was disappointed with my start off-line, to drop back wasn’t great but we fought back well, and the pace of the car was good,”
“The goal was to be the top Holden, we didn’t quite get there today, but we will try again tomorrow!”
“I’m overwhelmed by the support for my 200th race, both from the public, and the way the team has shown their appreciation, it honestly means a lot and is something I won’t forget, so I can’t thank everyone enough.”
Nick Percat collected another top 10 for the Brad Jones Racing outfit, his seventh this season after steering his Seven-Eleven Commodore to 9th, with a long strategy from the team.
“We tried a different setup this morning to what we had yesterday which seemed to be light years apart. It was disappointing for us not to get the result in qualifying that we wanted, we all seemed to struggle,” said Percat.
“In qualifying, we are looking to find more front grip because you really need it around the Phillip Island circuit; if you don’t, you have understeer and you lose that speed and momentum you need coming onto the straight,”
“For the race, the team had me on a long strategy which worked in our favour today, it was a good call. We were able to do some fast laps as most cars pitted together, so they were still fighting on track and we could just press on and bank a few faster laps which helped us move through the order when it was our time to pit,”
A stand out performance from the Boost Mobile Racing driver James Golding saw the youngster climb up a massive 11 positions in his #34 Commodore, finishing 16th ahead of teammate, Richie Stanaway in 17th.