Position: 22nd – 1:20.3441s
Fastest: Scott McLaughlin – 1:19.4601s
Qualified: 10th – 1:19.5274s
Pole Position: Scott McLaughlin – 1:19.1136s
Race 13 – 120kms/40 Laps
Winner: Rick Kelly
Sunday 20th May
10:25-10:45 – Qualifying
13:45-15:35 – Race 14 – 200kms/67 Laps
THE WORD FROM NICK
Conditions were cool at Winton Motor Raceway today for the 13th race in the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship. Times were tight as always, with Nick qualifying in 10th, not even half a second off the leader.
Nick got a good start to the race but found the Timken Racing Commodore was not looking after its tyres as well as usual. After battling with a couple of cars Nick was pushed wide off track not once but twice, and down the order.
The safety car came out on lap 31 or 40 when Tim Blanchard got caught in the sand trap, so the team took the opportunity to pit Nick to change tyres and give him a chance to fight a few places forward in the final laps. It was a tough finish for Nick, crossing the line in 19th.
The Winton event wraps up tomorrow, with another qualifying session and a final 200km race.
“I got a bit of damage at the start, and then had minor gearbox issues. I got bumped off the circuit during a couple of the battles trying to maintain position, it was pretty poor to be run off the road twice. With Anton he didn’t have a mirror, so I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt. However, when Simona tagged me that was pretty straight forward and blunt.”
“I dropped back a number of spots and after talking to the guys on the radio we would only lose 2 spots if I pitted under that safety car but I had the opportunity to make up more than if I stayed out, so we pitted and I fought back from 23rd to 19th. Not how we wanted today to go, we’ve got a lot to do to ensure we don’t go backwards tomorrow.”
Published: 19 May 2018.