29TH AUGUST: NTI TOWNSVILLE SUPERSPRINT

ENGINE WOES HIT PERCAT

PRACTICE ONE 

TIME: 10:00-10:30

CONDITIONS: Sunny, mild, windy

FINISHED: 14th - 1:13.1842

FASTEST: Cameron Waters - 1:12.5033

 

PRACTICE TWO 

TIME: 11:20-11:50

CONDITIONS: Sunny, mild, strong winds

FINISHED: 4th - 1:12.5491

FASTEST: Cameron Waters - 1:12.2954

 

QUALIFYING – RACE 19

TIME: 12:45-13:45

CONDITIONS: Sunny, mild, strong winds

FINISHED: 10th - 1:12.7756

FASTEST: Jamie Whincup - 1:12.0248


RACE 19 / 39 LAPS

TIME: 15:40

CONDITIONS: Sunny, mild, strong winds

FINISHED: DNF

WINNER: Jamie Whincup


RECAP

For the third straight weekend Supercars are back in action – this time from beautiful Townsville in Far North Queensland. It was a windy day to kick things off though, the blustery conditions causing some issues for the drivers and engineers. With just five sets of soft tyres across the two days, it was again critically important to use the tyres wisely.

In qualifying the R&J Batteries team did their usual terrific job, a 10th place grid slot giving Nick a solid platform to attack in the 39 lap race. And attack he did, up to sixth by the end of the first lap! As we’ve seen time after time in 2020, Nick then put on a masterclass of fast, consistent, driving in the early phase of the race before pitting at half distance on lap 20. Rejoining in p16 with three fresh tyres, two on the passenger side and one on the rear driver’s side it was looking good for Nick but sadly it wasn’t to be because soon after there was trouble, the engine significantly down on power.

Nick was into the pits and out of the car on lap 29. A disappointing end to the day but you can be sure the team will leave no stone unturned to make sure the R&J Batteries Commodore is healthy for tomorrow’s two races. 

 

THE WORD FROM NICK

“Very disappointing day! We were right up there in the race and competitive before smoke started coming out of my engine. I got told to bring it in and had to retire before we did more damage. Gutted for the team and R&J Batteries. I’ll be out fighting tomorrow.”
 

COMING UP

SUNDAY 30TH AUGUST

10:40-10:50 | Qualifying – Race 20

11:00-11:10 | Qualifying – Race 21

13:05 |Race 20 / 39 Laps

15:40 | Race 21 / 39 Laps