RACE 4 QUALIFYING
NICK PERCAT: 10th - 1:19.4375
TODD HAZELWOOD: 15th - 1:19.7588
MACAULEY JONES: 21st - 1:20.6302
Winner: Shane van Gisbergen
Another polished display from Nick who took full advantage of the speed of the R&J Batteries Supercar in wet/dry mixed conditions. After changing to slick tyres from wets on lap 19, Nick was consistently amongst the fastest runners and he finished the race in a solid 6th - up 4 spots from his grid position and his best result at Sandown since 2012.
With mixed weather conditions, it was a difficult race to nail the setup of the Cub Cadet Mowers Supercar. The 36 lap race started in decidedly soggy fashion before a dry racing line developed and by mid race the cars were in the pits for slicks. Todd was in the mix throughout the race, pitting from p6 on lap 20 and getting involved in some tough battles before crossing the line in p14.
A disappointingly short race for Macca in the Coca-Cola Racing Commodore, after sustaining damage to the oil cooler following a knock to the left front in the first laps of argy bargy. While the damage proved terminal, the car was easily fixed for race 5.
RACE 5 QUALIFYING
NICK: 13th - 1:19.2857
TODD: 16th - 1:19.4008
MACCA - 14th - 1:19.3808
Winner: Shane van Gisbergen
The rain was back with a vengeance in race 5 - the cars back on wet rubber for the start of the 36 lap race. This time, Nick went for the early pit stop strategy, meaning he was in for new rubber as early as lap 13 from p11. Back out at the tail of the field he was soon right back up there as others pitted and the R&J Batteries Supercar was involved in some of the best scraps of the race before finishing inside the top 10 in p9.
From 16th on the grid Todd was in fine form from the start of the race, revelling in the wet setup on the Cub Cadet Mowers Commodore. Into the pits late on lap 21, Todd rejoined right in the thick of a great battle with Waters, Winterbottom and teammate Percat. Todd was into the top 10 soon after and crossed the line in p8. A solid way to finish the weekend.
Macca in the Coca-Cola Racing Supercar was disappointed at the start after clashing with Jack Smith in the SCT Motor Sports Commodore, sending him to the back of the field and with a lot of work to do. He was up for the challenge though and fought back strongly to finish the race in 17th
THE WORD FROM NICK
‘Happy with race one and finishing P6, that’s my best result here since 2012 so a positive to take away. Race 5 wasn’t great, I was just trying to survive out there basically. It was extremely wet and slippery! We had a fast race car but unfortunately I wasn’t able show it in that last race and I wasn’t going to take any unnecessary risks. An up and down weekend, we’ll push on and hopefully get the R&J Batteries car back in the top 5, where I know we belong, in the next one.’
THE WORD FROM TODD
‘Stoked with that result in the last race, P8, I’ll take that. It was a wild race with cars all over the place at the beginning. The track was very wet and slippery so I just had to hang in there, be patient, and slowly work my way through the grid. Thanks to the team, the Cub Cadet Mowers car was fast and I felt comfortable battling my way through the grid. Glad we came away with a top ten to finish the weekend. We’ll go through the data and continue to make adjustments before the next one. Thanks to the team at Cub Cadet for their support over the weekend. The car looked unreal!’
THE WORD FROM MACAULEY
‘Tough day for us unfortunately. Getting hit in the first race today meant I got a punctured oil cooler and finished my race. This afternoon we did make some progress in what were really difficult track conditions. We had a good strategy and stayed out long which gave me clear air after pitting and I could make up some valuable time in the second half of the stint. I had some solid battles and feel we’re making solid progress.’