27TH SEPTEMBER: TAILEM BEND 2.0

STRONG FINISH AT TAILEM

TRACK TIMES

QUALIFYING – RACE 29

TIME: 9:10

CONDITIONS: Partly cloudy

FINISHED: 8th - 1:15.7596

POLE POSITION: Scott McLaughlin - 1:15.4506

 

QUALIFYING – RACE 30

TIME: 9:30-9:40

CONDITIONS: Partly cloudy

FINISHED: 8th - 1:15.6699

POLE POSITION: Scott McLaughlin - 1:15.3493

 

RACE 29 / 32 LAPS

TIME: 11:50

CONDITIONS: Partly cloudy

FINISHED: 6th

WINNER: Scott McLaughlin

 

RECAP

From 8th on the grid, Nick made a great start - straight up to p6 by lap two. The R&J Batteries Supercar ran long again, similar to yesterday’s race, and Nick was leading on lap 15. Into the pits one lap later for fresh rubber and Nick was out in super quick time. Car #8 was immediately on the pace, Nick hounding Courtney for p7.

Then with just 10 laps to go, the Safety Car was called out to retrieve two stricken cars. The SC was back in with seven laps to go and Nick, sitting in p5, was ready for the final sprint to the flag. Car #8 lost a place to van Gisbergen with a handful of laps to go but still finished in another solid 6th - continuing the consistency we’ve become used to in 2020.  

 

RACE 30 / 32 LAPS

TIME: 14:20 

CONDITIONS: Partly cloudy

FINISHED: 4th

WINNER: Cam Waters

 

RECAP

From 8th on the grid it was another cracker start from Nick, up a position to 7th by the end of the first lap. It was clear that the R&J Batteries Commodore was working well as Nick showed his pace and racecraft to move up past Mostert to 6th and pressure Coulthard for 5th.  A shorter stint this time for car #8, with Nick into the pits on lap 11 and back out still in the top 10 after another BJR super-fast pitstop.

With a pacy R&J Batteries Supercar beneath him, Nick started to put pressure on Whincup for p6. With 10 laps to go, Nick was sitting nicely in p5 - up four spots from his grid spot. It got better too, with car #8 grabbing 4th spot at the finish. It was another weekend that highlighted Nick and the R&J Batteries team’s speed and consistency. Things are looking good for the Great Race at Bathurst! 

 

THE WORD FROM NICK

“I was trying to attack Jamie (Whincup) at the end but to be honest I’ve actually had a bit of food poisoning and it made things really difficult in the race as I was starting to feel motion sickness! I was up late into the night, it definitely made things difficult so I’m really happy to get to the finish and hold the position to be honest. We actually did some development work for Bathurst and I’m super stoked we tried the things that we did. It fixed up our straight line speed and I’m really pumped to head to Bathurst next and have a real crack at it.”

 

COMING UP

Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000

Mount Panorama, Bathurst

15th-18th October