22ND AUGUST: CORESTAFF DARWIN SUPERPRINT

TOUGH BATTLE FOR TODD

PRACTICE ONE 

TIME: 08:55-09:25

CONDITIONS: Patchy cloud, hot

FINISHED: 14th - 1:06.8049

FASTEST: Scott Pye - 1:06.2401

 

PRACTICE TWO 

TIME: 10:05-10:35

CONDITIONS: Patchy cloud, hot

FINISHED: 22nd - 1:07.2553

FASTEST: Scott McLaughlin - 1:06.2487

 

QUALIFYING – RACE 16

TIME: 11:25

CONDITIONS: Patchy cloud, hot

FINISHED: 23rd - 1:07.1311

FASTEST: Jamie Whincup - 1:06.1381


RACE 16 / 38 LAPS

TIME: 13:50

CONDITIONS: Mostly sunny, hot

FINISHED: 16th

WINNER: Scott McLaughlin


RECAP

Unlike last weekend’s Triple Crown, there’s only soft tyres all weekend and with just 5 sets on offer, teams had to be smart about when to use the fresh rubber. Seven days ago the Brut Military Grade Commodore rolled out of the garage and was straight on the pace but today there were handling issues that affected Todd and the team through the two morning practice sessions and qualifying.

From 23rd on the grid Todd survived a typically frenetic start before climbing up the field – gaining 11 spots to sit 12th by lap 10.

Playing the late pitstop strategy, Todd was in on lap 20 for 2 tyres on the right side of the car and rejoined in 20th for the run home. The car wasn’t great but Todd battled hard to drag #14 up to 16th by the end.

A tough day at the office but some typical hard racing from Todd. Hopefully the team can pinpoint the issues with the Brut Military Grade Commodore and get it up there tomorrow for the two races.


THE WORD FROM TODD

"Pretty up and down day and really hard to understand what the issue was. We just lacked a lot of pace both with the chassis and outright speed and it’s a bit of a mystery. We made quite a lot of changes for the race but it’s still really hard to know if we’ve made a big or small improvement but at least we’ve got a lot to look at. Considering where we started and finished, we’ll definitely take P16 today. We’ll work hard tonight and keep building for tomorrow."


COMING UP

SUNDAY 23RD AUGUST

10:20-10:30 ACST (10:50-11:00) AEST) | Qualifying – Race 17

10:35-10:45 ACST (11:05-11:10 AEST) | Qualifying – Race 18

12:00 ACST (12:30 AEST) |Race 17 / 38 Laps

14:25 ACST (14:55 AEST) | Race 18 / 38 Laps