16TH AUGUST: BETEASY DARWIN TRIPLE CROWN

A STRONG COMEBACK FROM PERCAT

TRACK TIMES 

QUALIFYING – RACE 14 

TIME: 11:40-11:50

CONDITIONS: Sunny, hot

FINISHED: 5th – 1:06.7283

POLE POSITION: Scott McLaughlin – 1:06.4154

 

QUALIFYING – RACE 15

TIME: 11:55-12:05

CONDITIONS: Sunny, hot

FINISHED: 10th – 1:06.9295

POLE POSITION: Scott McLaughlin – 1:06.3092

 

RACE 14 / 38 Laps 

TIME: 13:20

CONDITIONS: Sunny, hot

FINISHED: 6th 

WINNER: Scott McLaughlin

 

RECAP

After yesterday’s disaster in race 13 – thanks to a crude nudge from Shane van Gisbergen – the R&J Batteries Commodore needed major work just to make it out on Sunday. As usual the team did a sensational job and the car looked and drove beautifully straight out of the box. A strong qualifying netted 5th position on the grid for race 14, a fantastic bounce back for #8 and a great reward for the whole team. After a good start Nick was in the mix all race, battling hard at the front of the field with Whincup, Coulthard and this weekend’s nemesis, van Gisbergen. Towards the end of the race Nick lost 4th to SVG and battled hard with Reynolds on fresher tyres for 5th before settling into 6th place – holding it to the end, a good reward for the team after yesterday’s disappointment. 

 

RACE 15 / 38 Laps 

TIME: 16:00

CONDITIONS: Sunny, hot

FINISHED: 6th

WINNER: Jamie Whincup

 

RECAP

The final race of the BetEasy Darwin Triple Crown was all about tyre management – with only a limited number of soft tyres on offer for the 3 races across the weekend. Luckily for #8 after yesterday’s drama the tyres were in pretty good condition. After pitting early on lap 8 Nick left the pits in 12th, moving steadily up the field before settling once again into a solid p6. Some late race pressure from Mark Winterbottom but Nick used all his racecraft to keep #18 behind and get the R&J Batteries Commodore across the line in p6 again. It was a good end to a character building weekend after that tough first day.

 

THE WORD FROM NICK 

“Two P6s is a bloody solid effort for us today after our day yesterday. I can’t thank the team enough to turn the car around and not just fix it but give me a competitive car to race!

Our strategy was on point and we managed the tyre deg well, I got the most out of the car in both races so we’ll work on quali moving forward to get the R&J Batteries up the front and competitive for next weekend. The first two laps are essential in these races here in Darwin due to the heat so we’ll work through our strategy from this weekend and head into next weekend stronger.

I had a strong car all weekend, it’s just a huge shame what happened yesterday as it put us on the back foot but I’m confident leading into the doubleheader here next weekend. And more importantly get a good result for R&J Batteries and all our team sponsors. I know we have a fast car so I’m looking forward to showing that next week.”