SUNDAY DEBRIEF

MOUNT PANORAMA 500

QUALIFYING

NICK - 14th: 2:05.5324

TODD - 19th: 2:06.3818

MACCA - 20th: 2:06.5080

Pole Position: Shane Van Gisbergen

NICK - Nick started the day with a fresh engine after the problems that lost the team valuable track time yesterday and any chance of a good result in the race. Unfortunately the team found it difficult to dial in the R&J Batteries supercar and Nick was frustrated to just miss out on the Top Ten Shootout at the end of the qualifying session.

TODD - The Dunlop Super Dealer Racing squad was also battling to make up for lost time in practice - the car also proving tricky to set up. The team tried a number of different settings to coax more speed but to no avail, Todd disappointed to finish in 19th.

MACAULEY - Also searching for that perfect setup was Macca in the Coca-Cola Racing Commodore, the team still not happy with the car’s handling. At least the engine was running well after a change overnight.

 

RACE 2

NICK - 10th

TODD - 18th

MACCA - 15th

Winner: Shane Van Gisbergen

NICK - The team was focused on speed and reliability after the car failures on Saturday. The good news was that the R&J Batteries supercar performed flawlessly and while the setup was still not quite to Nick's liking, he and the team battled on and did a great job to bring car #8 home in 10th - including some typical R&J Batteries super-fast pitstops! A good fightback after the disappointment of Saturday.

TODD - It was a battle to extract speed today from the Dunlop Super Dealer Racing Commodore for Todd and the team. On the plus side the car ran without fault but the car speed just wasn't there today and car #14 battled to the finish in p18. The team did try a few different setup changes and there's plenty to analyse and work on before the next round at Sandown.

MACAULEY - Reliability was all important after Saturday was compromised by engine failure and there was relief in the team after the Coca-Cola Racing supercar had a trouble-free run. Macca was also happy to find that the car pace was much improved and it was a competitive run to the flag - car #96 crossing the line in 15th, a gain of 5 positions from his qualifying spot.

 

THE WORD FROM NICK

“A solid finish today, thankfully, after what has been a bit of a rocky start for us. I’m happy to get the car in the top ten and come away with 4 positions gained in that race. It's actually my best Bathurst finish since 2018 so I'm happy about that! Overall, yesterdays missed session really put us behind with getting laps in and testing different setups but we bought it home strong and will look on to Sandown to make sure we’re well prepped and continue with the results that we deserve."

 

THE WORD FROM TODD

“I was battling a bit in that last race but drove it as best I could. We’re still struggling with finding the right set-up and tried a few different options throughout the race. I wasn’t feeling hugely confident with the car so we’ll work on that over the next few weeks before we head to Sandown. A few first round niggles to get rid of but I’m confident we’ll get it up the grid further come Sandown.”

 

THE WORD FROM MACCA

“A not too bad race for me today, happy to have made 5 positions and finish in p15. There was a fair bit of tyre conserving going on and I only just made it across the line with fuel so I was fuel saving hard throughout the second half of that race. Always good to be back at the mountain, unfortunately we didn’t have a great day yesterday but I’m happier to end it how we did today. A lot to work on before Sandown so we’ll continue pushing and be ready to go in a few weeks time.”