26TH SEPTEMBER: TAILEM BEND 2.0

ANOTHER STRONG RACE AT THE BEND

PRACTICE ONE 

TIME: 9:35-10:05

CONDITIONS: Cold, windy

FINISHED: 7th - 1:15.9883

FASTEST: James Courtney - 1:15.4821

 

PRACTICE TWO 

TIME: 11:00-11:30

CONDITIONS: Cold, wind

FINISHED: 5th - 1:15.5369

FASTEST: Scott McLaughlin - 1:15.2014

 

QUALIFYING – RACE 28

TIME: 13:25

CONDITIONS: Cold, windy

FINISHED: 8th - 1:15.6687

FASTEST: Scott McLaughlin - 1:15.1994


RACE 28 / 32 LAPS

TIME: 16:10 

CONDITIONS: Sunny, cold, windy

FINISHED: 6th

WINNER: Scott McLaughlin

 

RECAP 

The big change for the second part of our double-header was the use of the shorter 3.41km ‘west’ Tailem Bend track configuration, providing a new test for the drivers and engineers this weekend. The conditions certainly didn’t help matters - cold, windy and a bit soggy early on too! A bit of a struggle to nail the setup in the R&J Batteries Commodore in practice and qualifying - Nick still managing to get car #8 into the top 15 shootout and grabbing 8th on the grid for the single Saturday sprint race. Tyres were a massive issue last weekend but thankfully with the shorter circuit, tyre life wasn’t expected to be as big of an issue this time around. 

Great start from car #8, Nick getting his elbows out and grabbing a spot to finish the lap in p7. The team decided to run long and Percat pitted from the lead on lap 21 for left side tyres only - just 10 from the finish! The R&J Batteries Supercar slotted back into the race in 7th, right behind James Courtney. With fresher tyres Nick made short work of JC for p6 and immediately started to hunt down De Pasquale who was five seconds down the road. He almost got him too, crossing the line in 6th.  

 

THE WORD FROM NICK 

“Sixth for us today which is a pretty solid finish. I struggled a little in the shootout so I’m happy to come away with P6 for the race. I had a fast car and was able to dive down the inside early on in the race to gain two positions. Thanks to the team for continuing to give me a strong, competitive, car. I just need to work on qualifying better tomorrow to get the R&J Batteries Supercar up a bit closer to the front. 

The West Circuit has different challenges that was a first for all of us today and I’m looking forward to going again tomorrow after what we’ve learnt today”.

 

COMING UP

SUNDAY 27TH SEPTEMBER

09:10-09:20 ACST (09:40-09:50 AEST) | Qualifying – Race 29

09:30-09:40 ACST (10:00-10:10 AEST) | Qualifying – Race 30

11:50 ACST (12:20 AEST) |Race 29 / 32 Laps

14:20 ACST (14:50 AEST) | Race 30 / 32 Laps