19TH SEPTEMBER: TAILEM BEND 1.0

TOUGH ON TYRES AT THE BEND

PRACTICE ONE 

TIME: 9:10-9:40

CONDITIONS: Overcast, windy

FINISHED: 19th - 1:49.6761

FASTEST: Shane van Gisbergen - 1:48.1215

 

PRACTICE TWO 

TIME: 10:25-10:55

CONDITIONS: Wet, windy

FINISHED: 23rd - 1:51.1817

FASTEST: Fabian Coulthard - 1:48.3432 

 

QUALIFYING – RACE 25

TIME: 12:10

CONDITIONS: Drying, windy

FINISHED: 16th - 1:48.6907

FASTEST: Chaz Mostert - 1:47.9688


RACE 25 / 24 LAPS

TIME: 15:45

CONDITIONS: Partly cloudy, dry

FINISHED: 24th

WINNER: Fabian Coulthard


RECAP 

From tropical Townsville to the outskirts of Adelaide, it’s time for another action packed double-header, this time at the fast, flowing, Tailem Bend International Circuit. It was a tough qualifying for Todd in the TRG Transport Supercar, the team finding a balanced setup difficult to achieve in drying conditions, leaving the team with some work to do in the race. 

Thankfully it was a clean start for car #14 from p17 and Todd settled into p16 in the early phase of the race. With just five sets of soft rubber to use across the weekend, tyres were always going to be a major factor and it soon turned out to be the case, with a blistered rear causing serious handling issues for car #14. 

Into the pits on lap 11, the TRG Transport Commodore got some new rubber and was out in p24. Unfortunately it was apparent that tyre degradation was rearing its head again soon after - as it was for many of the cars in the field - and Todd nursed #14 home, crossing the line in 24th.  

 

THE WORD FROM TODD

“We had a tough day unfortunately, things just didn’t go my way. I felt like I had a good car but just wasn’t able to show it today at all. I struggled in quali with not putting a lap together so started midfield for the race. Then we had substantial rear tyre damage in the race which resulted in a longer pit top and then an extra stop to put more rear tyres on. 

A tough one to swallow as I know the car is good. We’ll re-group and go again tomorrow with what we’ve learned from today.”

 

COMING UP

SUNDY 20TH SEPTEMBER

09:20-09:30 ACST (09:50-10:00 AEST) | Qualifying – Race 26

09:40-09:50 ACST (10:10-10:20 AEST) | Qualifying – Race 27

11:55 ACST (12:25 AEST) |Race 26 / 24 Laps

14:10 ACST (14:40 AEST) | Race 27 / 24 Laps